By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Adams County Fair Board Director Leon Obert remembered when farm families used to take off a full week to enjoy the fair.
Today, that's not always the case. He explained that as smaller family farms in the area have dwindled, the number of families needing to work around 9-to-5 type jobs have increased.
This year, the fair will run from July 24-30, which is a change from the traditional Thursday-to-Wednesday schedule.
Obert hopes the new Wednesday to Tuesday line up might allow families to spend another day or two enjoying the fair.
"We did that just feeling that it was going to work better for the fairgoers to take off a couple extra days to make a four- or five-day weekend," Obert said.
Obert said in the past, the fair builds up to the weekend and then excitement dwindles afterward. Obert hopes the new schedule will help fairgoers maintain interest in the fair even after the weekend.
The fair begins with the Miss Adams County Fair Queen Pageant at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. The following evening fairgoers can enjoy the Country Showdown at 7:30 p.m. at the Grandstand. On Friday at 8 p.m. Joe Nichols will perform in the annual star concert on the Grandstand stage.
The weekend continues with bull riding Saturday at the Grandstand.
"You should be able to come up to the fair and see seven straight days of solid fair," Obert said.
Obert expects the fair to end on a high note. He explained the tractor pull scheduled for July 29 always attracts a large crowd. Despite the restructure in schedule, the fair will still close with the demolition derby at 7 p.m. July 30.
"There shouldn't be any down days, nothing that seems draggy," Obert said.
Fairgoers also will notice advances in entertainment for children. The board has implemented a family fun zone. This area includes an exotic animal show, which features animals such as bears and wild cats.
The family fun zone also will have a petting zoo of traditional farm animals.
"It's going to be something that will create and memory," he said. "That's what we're trying to do, create some memories."
$10 -- Friday, Monday and Tuesday
$7 -- All other days
$40 -- Season pass
Concert track seat sales
$8 in advance by July 23
$10 each after July 23rd
Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. -- Miss Adams County Fair Queen Pageant
Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. -- Country Music Showdown
Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. -- Joe Nichols Star Concert
Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. -- Bull riding
Sunday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. -- Charissa and Country Cross
Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m. -- Classic tractor pull
Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. -- Demo derby