Last updateThu, 29 Jan 2015 3pm

Crawford County Fair opens Tuesday

The 2014 Crawford County fair returns this week to Cuba, with many fun-filled events and entertainment lined up at Hood Park. Each day will bring different events to the fair, as well as carnival rides, food booths, and a beer garden being open every day. The Crawford County Fair begins Tuesday July 8 and runs through Saturday night.

The fair begins Tuesday evening with gospel singing featuring Kerry & Debbie Summers and The Amazing Grace Band. A Children’s Pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford will be the main stage entertainment at 7:30 p.m., and the Horse and Pony Show goes on at the Ed Mitchell Arena at 6 p.m., with 13 different classes of equine events for kids of all ages up to 18. Admission into the fair is free on Tuesday night only, but arm bands must be purchased for the midway rides (Tuesday only).

Many fun-filled events continue on Wednesday, with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. and running through town along Route 66 to the Hood Park fairgrounds. Evening events at the fair include Championship Bull Riding at the arena at 8 p.m. and the Queen Talent Contest on the main stage at 9 p.m.

On Thursday, daytime events will include sheep and goat judging; flower, hog, and cattle shows; and the Prince and Princess Contest beginning at 7 p.m. Championship Bull Riding and the Fair Queen Pageant will continue on Thursday evening, with the bull riding scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and the Queen Contest at 8:30 p.m. The highlight of that day will be the crowning of a new Crawford County Fair Queen on the main stage.

The real fun begins on Friday, with tractor pulls beginning at 4:30 p.m. for youth, and continuing all night. There will also be a classic and antique tractor show being held near the arena that afternoon. The Super Farmer Contest will be held at Ed Mitchell Arena, beginning at 6 p.m., and at 9 p.m. country music recording artist Jason Michael Carroll will take the stage for a live performance. The morning hours are highlighted by the 4-H poultry and rabbit shows, along with the open beef competition.

The fair closes out on Saturday with a logging rodeo beginning at 10 a.m. (sign up between 8 and 9:30 a.m.) for a host of different events and $2,000 in cash prizes. The Crawford County BBQ Battle will take place near the main stage from noon until 4 p.m. The last day of the fair also includes the annual livestock buyer’s luncheon at noon, immediately followed by the livestock auction at 1 p.m.

There will be a Back Seat Driving Contest, where couples can drive a golf cart blindfolded with their significant other guiding them at 5 p.m. at Ed Mitchell Arena (there are four classes for contestants who must be dating, engaged, or married, with cash prizes awarded to the winners), and at that same time on the other end of the fairgrounds (by the arena), kids ages 4-12 can test their strength and skill by pulling weighted sleds in the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull. Country music recording artist Craig Campbell takes the main stage at 7:30 p.m., and platinum recording artist Love and Theft will be performing at 9 p.m. Closed Course Enduro racing takes place Saturday night at 7 p.m., with a number of bike classes from pros to amateurs, adults to kids.

Season passes can be purchased at the gate for $35. Single day passes are also available for the fair. Tuesday admission is free, Wednesday and Thursday admission is $20, Friday admission is $25, and Saturday admission is $30. Children 4 years of age and under get free admission into the fair. Rides are included with daily admission (except for Tuesday night), and the midway rides open at 6 p.m. each night, with additional open hours on Saturday afternoon from noon until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

All tickets are non-refundable. No complimentary passes will be issued for admission to the fairgrounds. This includes fair board members and other officials, workers, exhibitors, concessionaires, visitors, and patrons alike.