Fair mixes the old with the new


Union County Agricultural Fair begins today

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times KadyJean Cathcart helps Lew-E the clown from “Lew-E’s Comedy Circus” with the entertainment at the Union County Agricultural Fair’s Fair Banquet at the Union County Fairgrounds Monday evening. Lew-E is one of the entertainers who will be performing daily at this year’s fair which gets under way today. The fair, which will run through Saturday, will offer a variety of new and traditional activities including livestock shows, a beauty pageant, live music, a free car giveaway, and a race featuring monkeys riding dogs.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Agricultural Fair Association Director Paul Winters reads out the names of the sponsors of this year’s Union County Agricultural Fair during Monday’s Fair Banquet at the Union County Fairgrounds. The banquets serves as the kickoff for the fair and an opportunity for the association to thank the fair’s sponsors and other supporters. The fair, which gets under way today, will run through Saturday providing those in attendance with variety of activities and entertainment including rides, food, live music, a beauty pageant, and much, much more.


Charles Warner | The Union Times There was a large turnout Monday evening for the Union County Agricultural Fair Association’s annual banquet kicking off the Union County Agricultural Fair. The fair, which gets under way today at the Union County Fairgrounds and runs through Saturday, is a mixture of traditional activities such as the livestock show, rides, live, music, a flower show, and beauty pageant, which new offerings such as Flores Thrill Show, Banana Derby, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, and recent additions such as Red Dragon Lazer Tag and Bingo.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Agricultural Fair Association Director Paul Winters addresses Monday’s Union County Agricultural Fair Banquet as the fair’s mascot, “Rocky the Rooster” looks on. Rocky — played here Jaquarius Norman — is the new mascot of the fair and his name was chosen through a children’s contest sponsored by the local Subway restaurant. The fair, which gets under way today at the Union County Fairgrounds and runs through Saturday, is a mixture of traditional activities such as the livestock show, rides, live, music, a flower show, and beauty pageant, which new offerings such as Flores Thrill Show, Banana Derby, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, and recent additions such as Red Dragon Lazer Tag and Bingo.


UNION COUNTY — Comedy, thrills, live music, food, livestock shows, a beauty pageant, a car giveaway, and races with monkeys riding on dogs are all part of this year’s Union County Agricultural Fair.

Since it was first held in 1908, the Union County Agricultural Fair has provided a showcase for local agriculture as well as other forms of entertainment and this year’s fair continues that tradition with some new additions and the return of a feature not seen since the 1970s.

The 2017 fair’s mixture of the traditional with the new was outlined Monday evening by Union County Agricultural Fair Association Director Paul Winters at the Fair Banquet. The banquet, which is held at the Union County Fairgrounds, kicks off fair week while honoring fair sponsors and other supporters. Winters said that this year the fair has a new logo, a new social media presence with a new website (ItsMyFair.com) and updated Facebook page, and, for first time in it history, has been branded. He said the fair has a new mascot, a rooster named Rocky whose name was selected through a children’s coloring contest sponsored by the local Subway restaurant.

Winters said that this year’s fair is about the senses with the offerings and activities that those in attendance will be able to see, hear, taste, and smell. He said that in addition to its traditions of livestock shows, live music, and special nights such as Church Night (Wednesday) which will feature live gospel music and Jacket Night (Thursday) with free admission for Union County students from 5-8 p.m. and the daily Flower Show, the fair will offer new forms of entertainment as well as some more recent additions including:

• Flores Thrill Show in which performers will ride motorcycles inside a metal globe.

• Banana Derby which Winters described as a race involving dogs ridden by monkeys.

• Lew-E’s Comedy Circus which is live comedy performed by Lew-E the clown.

• Red Dragon Lazer Tag

• Bingo

This year’s fair will also see a return of an event which hasn’t been part of the fair since the 1970s: a car giveaway.

Winters said that the last time there was a giveaway of a car at the fair was 1979. He said that this year’s fair has revived this feature of previous fairs with a 2012 Chervolet Malibu LT provided WT’s in Jonesville to be given away Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Winters said that the admission fairgoers pay at the gate will give them a chance at winning the car. However, Winters said that in order to win a person must be present at the time of the drawing with their ticket stub.

Daily Entertainment

The Union County Agricultural Fair gets under way today (Tuesday) and continues through Saturday. The following entertainment will be offered each day of the fair:

• Flores Thrill Show

— Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

— Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

— Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (5K Day), 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

— Friday at 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

— Saturday at 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

• Banana Derby

— Tuesday at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.

— Wednesday at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.

— Thursday at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.

— Friday at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.

— Saturday at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.

• Lew-E’s Comedy Circus

— Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

— Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. for Senior Citizens and at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

— Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

— Friday at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m.

— Saturday at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m.

• Red Drago Lazer Tag

Each day from 5-10 p.m.

• Flower Show

Each day until 10 p.m.

• Bingo

Each day with plenty of chances for players to win prizes.

Evening Entertainment

The fair also offers plenty of entertainment each evening including live musical performances. The events of each evening include:

• Opening Night

In addition to being Opening Night, this evening is “2 for $22 Tuesday” in which fairgoers can purchase two ride bands for $22 enabling two people to ride on all the rides at the fair all this evening.

The evening also feature the following live musical performances at the following times:

— Mellow Music from 5-6 p.m.

— Josh Lydia from 6-8 p.m.

— Shon Morris from 8-9 p.m.

• Church Night

Wednesday is Church Night with persons holding tickets distributed at local churches enjoying free admission from 5-8 p.m. The holders of the tickets can also purchase Ride Bands for $4 off the regular $20 price from 5-8 p.m.

Church Night will feature a Gospel Concert beginning at 7 p.m. and featuring performances by Adam Crabb, Terah Crabb-Penhollow, and The Bowling Family.

Earlier in the evening, the following performers will take to the fair stage:

— McBeth Choir from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

— Donavan Wells from 6:30-7 p.m.

• Jacket Night

Thursday is Jacket Night which features free gate admission for all Union County school students from 5-8 p.m. Jacket Night will also have the $4 off special for Ride Bands from 5-8 p.m.

The following musical acts will take to the fair stage that evening:

— Jeremy Wheeler from 5-6:30 p.m.

— Vincent Downing from 7-8 p.m.

— Joker’s Habit from 8:30-11 p.m.

• Friday

On Friday, the musical offerings will begin in the afternoon and continue throughout the evening with the following performances at the following times:

— Music by Todd from 3-6 p.m.

— Norman Johnson from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

— Travis Smith from 8-10 p.m.

Ride Bands will be available for purchase for $20.

• Car Giveaway

Saturday will be the night the 2012 Chervolet Malibu LT is given away. The winner will be announced at 8:30 p.m., but will have to present to collect their prize.

The day will also feature a Beauty Pageant from 3-5 p.m. on the fair stage.

The pageant will be followed by these musical performers:

— Monroe Smith and Band from 5-7:30 p.m.

— Quest from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

The day will also feature Ride Bands for sale for $18 from noon-5 p.m.

Livestock Shows

True to its agricultural roots, this year’s fair will have the following livestock shows at the following times on the following days:

— Beef on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

— Pullet on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

— Lamb on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

— Dairy on Thursday at 6 p.m.

— Goat on Friday at 6 p.m.

Advance Tickets

Today is the last day to purchase advance ride tickets for $15 each. The ride tickets are good any night of the fair for all rides. For more information on where you can purchase these tickets go online at ItsMyFair.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Times KadyJean Cathcart helps Lew-E the clown from “Lew-E’s Comedy Circus” with the entertainment at the Union County Agricultural Fair’s Fair Banquet at the Union County Fairgrounds Monday evening. Lew-E is one of the entertainers who will be performing daily at this year’s fair which gets under way today. The fair, which will run through Saturday, will offer a variety of new and traditional activities including livestock shows, a beauty pageant, live music, a free car giveaway, and a race featuring monkeys riding dogs.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_IMG_1893.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times KadyJean Cathcart helps Lew-E the clown from “Lew-E’s Comedy Circus” with the entertainment at the Union County Agricultural Fair’s Fair Banquet at the Union County Fairgrounds Monday evening. Lew-E is one of the entertainers who will be performing daily at this year’s fair which gets under way today. The fair, which will run through Saturday, will offer a variety of new and traditional activities including livestock shows, a beauty pageant, live music, a free car giveaway, and a race featuring monkeys riding dogs.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Agricultural Fair Association Director Paul Winters reads out the names of the sponsors of this year’s Union County Agricultural Fair during Monday’s Fair Banquet at the Union County Fairgrounds. The banquets serves as the kickoff for the fair and an opportunity for the association to thank the fair’s sponsors and other supporters. The fair, which gets under way today, will run through Saturday providing those in attendance with variety of activities and entertainment including rides, food, live music, a beauty pageant, and much, much more.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_IMG_1885.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union County Agricultural Fair Association Director Paul Winters reads out the names of the sponsors of this year’s Union County Agricultural Fair during Monday’s Fair Banquet at the Union County Fairgrounds. The banquets serves as the kickoff for the fair and an opportunity for the association to thank the fair’s sponsors and other supporters. The fair, which gets under way today, will run through Saturday providing those in attendance with variety of activities and entertainment including rides, food, live music, a beauty pageant, and much, much more.

Charles Warner | The Union Times There was a large turnout Monday evening for the Union County Agricultural Fair Association’s annual banquet kicking off the Union County Agricultural Fair. The fair, which gets under way today at the Union County Fairgrounds and runs through Saturday, is a mixture of traditional activities such as the livestock show, rides, live, music, a flower show, and beauty pageant, which new offerings such as Flores Thrill Show, Banana Derby, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, and recent additions such as Red Dragon Lazer Tag and Bingo.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_IMG_1884.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times There was a large turnout Monday evening for the Union County Agricultural Fair Association’s annual banquet kicking off the Union County Agricultural Fair. The fair, which gets under way today at the Union County Fairgrounds and runs through Saturday, is a mixture of traditional activities such as the livestock show, rides, live, music, a flower show, and beauty pageant, which new offerings such as Flores Thrill Show, Banana Derby, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, and recent additions such as Red Dragon Lazer Tag and Bingo.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Agricultural Fair Association Director Paul Winters addresses Monday’s Union County Agricultural Fair Banquet as the fair’s mascot, “Rocky the Rooster” looks on. Rocky — played here Jaquarius Norman — is the new mascot of the fair and his name was chosen through a children’s contest sponsored by the local Subway restaurant. The fair, which gets under way today at the Union County Fairgrounds and runs through Saturday, is a mixture of traditional activities such as the livestock show, rides, live, music, a flower show, and beauty pageant, which new offerings such as Flores Thrill Show, Banana Derby, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, and recent additions such as Red Dragon Lazer Tag and Bingo.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_IMG_1898.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union County Agricultural Fair Association Director Paul Winters addresses Monday’s Union County Agricultural Fair Banquet as the fair’s mascot, “Rocky the Rooster” looks on. Rocky — played here Jaquarius Norman — is the new mascot of the fair and his name was chosen through a children’s contest sponsored by the local Subway restaurant. The fair, which gets under way today at the Union County Fairgrounds and runs through Saturday, is a mixture of traditional activities such as the livestock show, rides, live, music, a flower show, and beauty pageant, which new offerings such as Flores Thrill Show, Banana Derby, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, and recent additions such as Red Dragon Lazer Tag and Bingo.
Union County Agricultural Fair begins today

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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