The Carter County Fair kicks off this coming Sunday, Aug. 11, and runs through the following Saturday, Aug. 17. But not every day of the fair is the same. Depending on what you are interested in doing, you might want to take a look at the schedule. For instance, some of the days are a little cheaper to get in than others, depending on various discounts or attractions. Some days have an additional charge for carnival rides, while on other days the rides are included in the price of admission.

If you plan on taking your family out to the fair, take a good look at the kind of activities you are interested in and be sure to plan accordingly. Nothing is worse than going out with plans for a funnel cake at the end of the night and realizing that you need an extra dollar that you just spent on a ride.

Festivities kick off on Sunday, not at the fairgrounds but at Prichard Elementary School. The Miss Carter County Fair Beauty Pageant will take place in the school gymnasium starting at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1 p.m. and a $2 charge for admission.

Those who plan to exhibit horticulture and agriculture displays need to make it out to the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall between 2:30 and 5 p.m. for exhibit registration.

On Monday the fair has a $2 admission, with livestock youth exhibitors granted free entry. But if you had your heart set on riding some rides after weighing in your calf, you're out of luck. There will be no carnival rides open on Monday. Livestock weigh-ins for 4H and FFA shows, however, do open at 8 a.m., with shows starting at 9 a.m. The exhibit hall will be open for viewing from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with no charge for admission. At 6 p.m. the buyer's dinner begins and registration for the livestock auction opens. The livestock auction itself will take place at 7 p.m. with free admission.

Tuesday is Military and Senior night, with those 55 and older or those with a valid military ID admitted for $2. General admission is $5, but carnival rides on Tuesday are an extra charge. The exhibit hall will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., petting zoo from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the Tri-State MX Motocross in the motor arenas at 7 p.m. At 8:15 p.m. Papa John's Pizza will sponsor a pizza eating contest on the main stage.

From Wednesday through Saturday admission increases to $10 per person, but this charge includes access to all carnival rides, though games of skill and chance will cost an extra fee. The exhibit hall will be open Wednesday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., while the petting zoo will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night. Carnival rides will open at 6 p.m. each evening.

On Wednesday, registration for the talent show opens at 6:30 p.m. with the talent show starting at 7 p.m. There will also be go-cart racing in the motor arena beginning at 7 p.m.

On Thursday children can compete with their own battery-powered vehicle in the "Kids in the Races" event in the motor arena. This is followed by quad and UTV races at 7 p.m.

On Friday talent show winners will be featured in a showcase on the main stage at 7 p.m. Also at 7 p.m. on Friday is the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl contests, sponsored by James Family Outfitters. Fans of dirt bikes might be more interested in the Tri-State MX Motocross in the motor arena, also at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. those who sing, or wish they could, can sign up for Carter County Fair-i-o-ke karaoke at the stage.

On Saturday, the fair gets started earlier, at least for exhibitors. They can pick up their ribbons and exhibits from 10 a.m. to noon, with no admission fee charged at that time. Then the fair is back on the 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. schedule for the petting zoo and 6 p.m. carnival rides schedule. Fair-i-o-ke is back on the stage, this time at 7 p.m. Over in the motor arena it's the ever popular demolition derby, sponsored by Top Dog Promotions at 8 p.m.

These schedules are subject to change at any time. For the most up-to-date information on the fair, find it on Facebook at @cartercountyfair.

Contact the writer at jwells@journal-times.com.

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