Essex County Fair preparations under way

The Essex County Fair will be held Aug. 8-12.

The Essex County Fair will be held Aug. 8-12. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

New act

The fair recently announced the addition of the J.D. Winslow Equestrian shows, performing the Wednesday through Friday of the fair (Aug. 8-10) for two shows each day.

“This is a rare opportunity to see such well-trained horses that will perform professional circus-type acts live here in Westport,” Rand said.

Rand also said they are currently looking for local singers to be part of the annual Essex County Fair Idol Contest on Sunday, Aug. 12.

“The application is also on our web page,” she said. “Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to three age groups — pre-teens, teens, and adults, with the winners of each singing for the title of Fair Idol.”

Another chance to prepare for the fair early, Rand said, was to purchase a fair membership for $25. The membership tickets do not include the costs of rides.

Membership tickets are available at the fair offices in Westport. Rand said that hours may vary, but she will be there between noon and 2 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, call 962-8650 or visit essexcountyfair.org.

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