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Gary B. takes a look at the 2018 Independence County Fair; Restless Heart, Statler Bros.’ Jimmy Fortune to perform

The 2018 Independence County Fair will be a six-day event in mid- July, running July 16 through July 21.

This year’s fair will feature eight pageants including Junior Miss and Miss Independence County.

And what’s a fair without all the animals on display:  poultry, rabbits, livestock, sheep, swine, goats, horses, dairy cattle, and those not-so-stubborn mules.

There will be plenty of entertainment with a Youth Talent Contest to kick it off on Tuesday, July 17, and Friday, country band Restless Heart will perform and the former member of the Statler Brothers, Jimmy Fortune, will be the Saturday night entertainment.

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The Amateur Dog Show is always a big favorite, and it is set for 7 p.m. Monday evening, July 16, and the salute to veterans and military is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

Fair admission begins at 3 p.m. each day. Admission on Monday, July 16, will be free. Admission Tuesday through Saturday will be $3 for youth and $7 for adults. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free every day of the fair.

One more reminder:  Senior Citizens Day is Friday, July 20, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Armband nights for the PBJ Happee Days Carnival rides start at $15 Tuesday thru Thursday and $20 on Friday & Saturday. The Happee Days Show & Carnival runs 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. each day. Also, parking is free at the Independence County Fair.

This year’s fair is dedicated to the memory of Joyce R. Richey and Freda Provence. Richey served on the fair board as a director and superintendent of china and place settings.  Known as “Granny Joyce,” Richey brought joy, humbleness, laughter and love into her service for the fair.

Provence served on the board for over 30 years, as executive secretary for several years, and superintendent of the sewing department. Provence served with pride, dedication, faithfulness and devotion, touching and influencing many lives.

Image of Restless Heart via Absolute Publicity / Image of Jimmy Fortune submitted


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