County fair time: Barn in the U.S.A.

BRING THE WHOLE HERD – The 162nd GC Fair begins August 28 and runs through September 2 in Trenton. Some of the children eager to attend the fair this year are (bottom to top) Colten Higdon, Dylan Huggins, Blaine Moore, Ava Tucker and Olivia Moore. (Photo by Mindy East)

by William G. McFarland

Yep! It’s almost that time of the year again. The Gibson County Fair begins its 162nd run August 28 and continues through September 2. Plans for the 162nd Gibson County Fair are almost complete. Fair officials have been working, adding new events and bringing old events out of retirement. This historical fair event in Gibson County is the ‘Oldest Continuously Running Fair in the South’

This year’s fair theme “Barn in the U. S. A.” emphasizes the importance of this community and will honor all EMS and First Responders of Gibson County. Activities actually begin with the Gibson County Fairest of the Fair Pageants August 26 and end with the Demolition Derby September 2. Among the new and special events are a Tuesday Night Trivia contest in the Dorace Brasfield Barn and a Lego competition Wednesday night in the Martha Taylor Building. Thursday night’s activities include a Lil’ Tykes Demolition Derby and Mud Bog in the arena, a Cornhole Tournament, and a TIWF Wrestling event. Friday Night is the Mud Bog in the Arena!

Intermingled among these activities are the Gibson County’s Got Talent competition Monday evening, Lil’ Sami’s Rodeo Tuesday night in the Walter Hunt Show Barn plus the Slayton’s School of Martial Arts on the main mtage.

Add to these the free Main Stage concerts each evening, the Progressive Drawing each evening at 10 p.m., cattle shows and sales, flower shows, the midway, the best chickens and goat competitions, the best egg, the biggest pumpkin, fiddle sticks, corn dogs, educational booths and the best of shows in numerous categories.

Take time to personally enter items for judging at the Martha Taylor Building. Hundreds of ribbons will be won by the young and the old during the events of the fair.

The Gibson County Fair will have something for everyone to enjoy. No admission price is charged.

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