County Fair opens Thursday

 “County Nights and Carnival Lights”, the 106th Grady County Fair, opens this week at the Grady County Fair and Expo Center.
 The free fair will provide an end of the summer bash featuring a professional carnival, entertainment, music, animals, agricultural exhibits, commercial vendors, food, midway rides, children’s events and over 100 booths.
 The first fair opened in 1916 and has grown into the busiest weekend of the year at the fairgrounds.
 Pride of Texas amusements will be coming to the fair for the first time this year, bringing all new exciting rides and attractions. They will be running Thursday and Friday from 6-11pm, and Saturday from noon to 11pm. Prices are $1 per ticket and rides cost 4-5 tickets each. Armbands are also available for $25.
 The 31st Annual Princess Talent Show and Crowning took place on Monday evening (results were not available at press time). On Tuesday, OHCE, 4-H, FCCLA, Open Class, Farm Mechanics and Flower entries were accepted. These entries will be judged on Wednesday morning and fair goers will be able to view the winners during their visit.
 On Thursday, the North Exhibit Building will open at 10 a.m. Cake entries will be due by noon and will be judged later that afternoon. Sheep and goat shows will take place at 5 p.m. On Thursday evening, a ribbon cutting ceremony, Fair Princess introduction and fair honoree program will take place at 7 p.m. at the event center. The cake auction will commence shortly after. On Friday, the exhibit building will open again at 10 a.m. A swine show will take place at 5 p.m.
 Saturday has many activities for children and families. The 4H/FFA tractor driving contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. The FFA Olympics will begin at 1 p.m. The kid’s tractor pull will begin at 6 p.m. Four legged family members can also get in on the fun during the pet show at 4:30 p.m.
 Throughout the day, there will be livestock shows for poultry, rabbits, cattle and more.
 There is designated parking and many parts of the fair are handicapped accessible. Come enjoy one of the great reasons for small town living!