Organizers of the 1998 Utah County Fair are hoping things pick up the second day.
Things were a bit slow Friday, as fairgoers generally came sporadically and in small numbers to visit the fair in its new home on the Utah Valley State College campus in and around the David O. McKay Events Center.Kids were excited to visit the animals in the small petting zoo, picking up squealing pigs and chasing burrowing bunnies into the bales of hay. But the traditional livestock exhibits that go with a fair were missing.
When the decision was made to move the fair from Spanish Fork, the large animal exhibit area was lost. For a time, county organizers tried to set up an outside venue for the exhibits but decided against the idea.
So while the fair still has the familiar rows of home-grown cabbages, squash and beans, along with embroidered pillows and hand-sewn outfits, there are no rows of heifers or cows or sheep.
There is, however, plenty of free parking, no gate fee and a lack of dust.
There is also a family carnival complete with a Ferris wheel and an air-slide. There are business booths and a boutique.
The Miss Utah County Fair Pageant is scheduled for Saturday evening, capping off two days of local entertainment on the outdoor stage and activities that include face-painting, balloon-shaping, rock-climbing and competing in a contest to catch a frog in a cup.
Tickets to the pageant are $5 per person. The event begins at 7 p.m. on the main stage of the events center.
In association with Intermountain Health Care, an Oldies Benefit Concert concludes the fair on Monday with four groups performing in the events center starting at 6:30. The groups include The Association, Bobby Vee, Johnny Tillotson and the Shirelles.
Tickets can be purchased at SmithTix outlets or at the door - $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.