Jul 21, 2015

Park County Fair begins today, runs through Saturday

Jousting knights, crashing cars, agile alligators, spinning carnival rides, award-winning livestock, a country music star and homemade pies worthy of a blue ribbon are among the highlights this week at the Park County Fair in Powell.

The fair officially kicks off today (Tuesday) with free admission all day. Acts begin on the Free Stage at noon, and the annual Pig Wrestling, featuring local teams taking on mud-covered swine, starts at the Main Grandstand at 7 p.m.

Abby Eaton shows shares a moment with her horse Biscuits and Gravy during last week's miniature horse show at the Park County Fairgrounds. Cody News Co. photo by Carla Wensky
At 5 p.m. today (Tuesday), Park County Commissioners will hold a ribbon-cutting for the new multi-use facility.

The new 16,100-square-foot facility is expected to cost Park County around $3.1 million, with about $1 million of the funding from a pair of grants from the State Loan and Investment Board.

The main exhibit space is ready to showcase fair entries this week, but construction crews still need to finish up some work after the fair is over.

Free admission continues Wednesday until 1 p.m. The carnival opens at noon Wednesday, and several 4-H showmanship events begin that afternoon.

The Knights of Valour return to the fair Wednesday evening with their jousting show at the Main Grandstand. Gates open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10 for youth and $15 for adults.

Free admission also is offered until 1 p.m. Thursday. The day also includes Kids Day Races at 1 p.m., sponsored by the Powell Kiwanis. On Thursday night, country music star Chris Cagle performs at the Main Grandstand. Gates open at 6 p.m., and Cagle takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per seat.

On Friday, the Park County Endurocross returns to the fair. The family-friendly event brings off-road riding to a track in the Main Grandstand beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for youth and $15 for adults.

The annual Park County Fair parade will roll through downtown Powell at 10 a.m. Saturday, featuring a variety of local floats.

Aspen Aguirre’s dog, Kass, watches intently while for the next command during Thursday’s Dog Show at the Park County Fairgrounds. Cody News Co. photo by Ilene Olson
Park County 4-H and FFA youth will show their animals throughout the week, culminating with the Junior Livestock Sale at 1 p.m. Saturday. Around 220 youth are expected to sell the animals they've raised this year.

An annual favorite, the Demolition Derby starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Main Grandstand. Tickets are $15 for seats in the grandstand, $18 for box seats and $20 for a spot in the arena bleacher.
Throughout the week, a variety of entertainment will be offered on the Free Stage and around the grounds.

This year's acts include Kachunga and the Alligator Show, the Marshall Catch band, Mango and Dango, Caricatures by Connie, ventriloquist Jim Adams, hypnotist Michael Mezmer, and the Absaroka Mountain Thunder Cloggers.

Individual gate admission is $5 per day or $10 for the week. Kids 12 and under are free. Parking on the grounds is $5 per day or $10 for the week.

For tickets and more information, visit www.parkcountyfair.com or call the Fair Office at 754-5421.

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