Things are "movin' and groov-in' " in Spanish Fork this week as the Utah County Fair officially begins.
"There are activities for everyone this year," said fair manager Mike Kilmer. "We have some new attractions and some of the old favorites. We want everyone to know that we're movin' and groovin' here."Two new attractions that promise to be interesting are Friday's AWA All-Star Wrestling match and Saturday's demolition derby. Both are firsts for the fair, and Kilmer hopes both will prove to be highlights. "We think people will find these shows interesting and enjoyable."
In addition, Kilmer said tickets for Thursday night's special feature are going fast. "We've got Dan Seals and Baille and the Boys in concert. Dan is playing for an hour and fifteen minutes and Baille and the Boys will be playing for an hour. Basically, the people will be getting two full concerts by major acts for the price of one. It should really be a great night."
But things are also happening during the day at the fairgrounds. Wednesday morning through Saturday evening, a fair visitor can watch horse shows, browse through exhibits, listen to amateur and professional entertainment, pet the animals, sit in on a 4-H fashion revue, buy arts and crafts, and, oh yes, eat. There will be plenty of food for everyone.
"There's something happening all the time," Kilmer said. "All you have to do is come and find what interests you."
One of the favorite exhibits in the past has been the Home Arts show, complete with baked goods and homemade linen.
Livestock judging, ranging from dairy goats and rabbits to cows and poultry, will also run throughout the four fair days. And the horse show, which began Tuesday, includes barrel racing, calf roping and a youth show.
Fine Arts exhibits can be seen at the Spanish Fork Library, and Kilmer said this year's committee includes some of the best fine arts people in the state.
The fair is featuring a kiddie carnival this year, rather than last year's bigger carnival. "We've got a Santaland fun train and pony rides that ought to be fun for the younger kids," Kilmer said.
The popular Farm Bureau Talent Find will be Thursday night. In the past, the fair has also featured a Utah County talent contest, but that was discontinued this year. "We're running out of space," explained Kilmer. "We're just outgrowing ourselves."
Another first for the fair this year will be a fireworks program Saturday night. "It will be kind of a last blast to signal the end of the fair," Kilmer said. "It will also let people know that next year is going to be even better."
If things go according to plan, next year could be a completely different fair, said Kilmer. "We hope there will be a lot more free entertainment on the grounds next year, a lot more professional entertainment. We've already started negotiating and we may start booking some national acts next week. The fair will only get better."