FARMINGTON — If you haven't started a tradition of attending the annual Davis County Fair, this may be your year.

County officials unveiled the theme of this year's fair and are inviting you to "Start Your Love-A-Fair" with the Davis County Fair.

The fair runs Aug. 13-16 at the Davis County Events Center, formerly known as the FairPark. Admission is free, though parking cost $2 in 2007.

This year's fair will offer a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, fireworks show and two nights of demolition derby.

Curtis Koch, Events Center assistant director, said the fair's entertainment is heading a different direction this year.

Koch has reached an agreement with a lumberjack show to perform three shows daily during the fair. Shows include log rolling, ax throwing, chopping and sawing. The agreement has yet to be approved by county commissioners, and Koch expects to bring the contract to commissioners Tuesday.

In 2007, Koch was able to book singer Alex Boye, Beatles tribute band Imagine, pianist Jon Schmidt and the a capella group T Minus 5.

But the price to bring music groups to the fair this year is beyond Koch's budget.

He recently contacted a band that had performed at the fair a few years ago when the band's fee was $1,800 a night. Now it costs $3,500 a night for the same group.

"We just found we can't afford them," he said. "The goal is to keep (the fair) fee. We want anyone who can come to come."

He said if commissioners approve the lumberjack show, it will be held in the Legacy Center, which wasn't used last year because the PRCA rodeo was held outside.

"The seating will be perfect," Koch said. "I'm optimistic about what we can do to make the fair feel new and fresh."

More information will eventually be posted at the fair's Web site:

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