FARMINGTON — Katrina Adamson and her 10-year-old daughter, Natalie Pack, have been coming to the annual Davis County Fair for seven years.
The Woods Cross residents enjoy entering cakes, drawings and other works of art for prizes. However, one of their favorite parts of the fair, Adamson said, is the various shows, which change every year.
This year, the fair featured a sea lion show put on by Sea Lion Splash, a company based in Mojave, California, that adopts injured sea lions and trains them to perform.
Adamson was impressed.
"They got a lot better shows this year ... it was one of their better shows, if not their best show," she said.
About 100 people of all ages could be seen cheering for the three sea lions on Friday.
The sea lions are trained to respond to crowd noise as well as the instructions from the trainer, show worker Marisol Martinez said. Because of this, the company encourages as much crowd participation as possible during shows.
However the sea lions can choose not to listen to either, instead improvising the show.
"They act like 3-year-old kids. They can listen or they can do whatever the whole show," Martinez said.
Martinez added that each of the three sea lions has its own personality.
"When you work with them, you know their attitudes," she said.
Martinez described Zoey as the "hyper one," Kimmy as "chill and relaxed" and Syara, the youngest, as "going from hyper to chill."
During the performance, each of the sea lions' personalities could be seen as they danced to various pop songs and obeyed commands from their trainers, as well as requests from the crowd.
Many fair attendees enjoy the annual event for its family-friendly activities.
“My kids really enjoy it ... it’s a nice last thing before school starts," said Emily Jensen, a Farmington resident who attended with her five children.
Jensen moved to Farmington from Box Elder County, and she said the Davis County Fair "still feels like a small-town fair," which is why she enjoys it.
Connie Dooley of Clearfield attended with her grandson, Carter, and had similar feelings.
“We like the fact that it’s a day out for free where we can bring the kids and walk around and see different things,” she said. "It’s just a nice area. It’s a great fair.”
The fair also included various carnival rides, a petting zoo, live music, magic shows, contests and competitions, a monster truck tour and other attractions meant to entertain all age groups.
"There are so many things for so many ages to do," Dooley said.
The fair, which began began Wednesday, ends Saturday. General admission is free, however, certain events require tickets in advance, including Saturday's rodeo. More information on purchasing tickets can be found at daviscountyutah.gov/fair/general-info.