UNION — The judging of the livestock, flower, agricultural, and home economics shows may be over, but the 2015 Union County Fair is just getting going.
The 107th Union County Fair is a mixture of traditional activities and events that emphasize its agrarian origins and shows and performers that bring something different with them.
While the fair didn’t actually open its gates to the public until 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Union County Fairgrounds where it is taking place were already busy Monday morning.
The Union County Fair is the last one in South Carolina that maintains its traditional agricultural character with a variety of programs emphasizing the various aspects of farm life that were quite commonplace when the first fair was held in 1908. These include the Livestock Shows which showcase different animals that can and often are raised on farms including chickens, cattle, goats, pigs, and even rabbits.
In the Agricultural Hall of the fairgrounds there’s the Agricultural Show which gives local farmers and gardeners the opportunity to show off the produce they’ve cultivated including pumpkins, watermelons, and gourds. The hall also features shows in keeping with various other traditional aspects of farm life including the Canned Goods Show, Baked Goods Show, and Needlework & Crafts Show.
Next door is the Flower Hall where the Flower Show provides a showcase for the wide variety of horticultural products.
Monday was busy throughout the morning and afternoon as those wanting to enter their livestock, flowers, crops, canned goods, baked goods, and needlework and craft works brought them to the fairgrounds to enter them so they could be judged the next day.
On Tuesday, the doors to the Livestock, Flower, and Agricultural halls were all closed to the public while the judging took place. Look in upcoming editions of The Union Daily Times for the winners of those competitions.
Even as the judging was taking place, personnel from the Family Attractions Amusement Company were putting up the children’s, family, and “spectacular” rides that will be a big part of the fun at this year’s fair.
In addition, local groups, churches, businesses, and even political parties were decorating their booths at the fair, making them ready to hand out information and even, in some cases, treats to those attending the festival.
Other attractions and entertainment at this year’s fair are:
• A rodeo on Friday and Saturday.
• Performances each day by “The Incredible Hypnotist Richard Barker.”
• “Wild About Dinosaurs,” an interactive event in which visitors to the fair will get to walk with dinosaurs.
• Live musical performances including a Wednesday night concert by local recording artist Monty Lane Allen.
• The Simple Times Farm Petting Zoo each evening from 5-10 p.m.
• The Union County Fair Pageant on Friday.
Today (Wednesday) is “Senior Day & Church Night” while Thursday is “Merchants & Manufacturing Day.”
Friday is “School Day At The Fair”and, unlike the rest of the week, the gates of the fair will open at 3 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.
Saturday, of course, will be the “Final Day” of the fair with gates opening at 11:30 a.m.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or email@example.com.