The demolition derby, the horse show, the rodeo the list of traditional Summit County Fair events goes on. This year's fair, set in Coalville, will prove to be a grand display of those same classic events while including new vendors, musical acts and an overall bigger show.
Travis English, selected to be one of the Fair Administrators this year along with Kimberly Kuehn, said that fairgoers this year can expect the same great events as previous years but that new elements are going to be included as well.
"We're trying to maintain the same traditions and spirit of the fair while making it a bigger and better event," English said.
English mentioned that there will be new vendors this year with the layout of their booths being different than before. The music schedule will also be updated with acts such as Bittersweet Bluegrass, Mary Beth Maziarz, Chris Bender and Fastback and The Mondays, a local band featuring Summit County Treasurer Corrie Forsling. A DJ will also be featured after the PRCA Rodeo event on Friday, August 9, which English says is new to the fair.
The most popular event at the fair is the demolition derby, being held this year at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, in the Large Arena. English says that the derby "always sells out" and that tickets for the event are going fast but are still available.
"The demolition derby is a really fun, down-home event," English said. "There will be fireworks after, and it's our most popular event.
The Little Buckaroo Rodeo, which Kuehn says is her favorite event, will be on August 6 and 7, and features children trying to hold onto a sheep for as long as they can.
The PRCA Rodeo events, being held on Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10, will feature both veteran circuit riders as well as local riders. English says the Large Arena, the venue for the rodeo, should prove to be a unique experience for fairgoers.
"Our arena is a little smaller than people are used to, so you're right in the action," English said.
The county has also contracted with a new fireworks display company this year called Firestorm Pyrotechnics, Inc. English says that with the new company, the fair is "hoping for a bigger and better show this year."
A barrel racing event will be held on Thursday, August 8, and this year the fair is giving away five saddles through a drawing. A hypnotist, Shaun Dee, also knows as Hypno Hick, will also be performing that night. English mentioned that Hypno Hick has traveled to fairs all over the West.
English also noted the role that the Utah State University 4-H Extension has played in putting together this year's livestock sale which, despite the smaller size of the Summit County Fair, is the second highest grossing livestock sale in Utah.
English encourages people from all over Summit County to visit the fair this year, and he touted the variety of activities one can find.
"We have many opportunities for people to show, whether it's an art show or our home exhibit, which has things from canning to quilting to crocheting to iron smithing," English said.
Kuehn says it is important that those in Park City experience the Summit County Fair as a unique flavor of the East Side of the county, which she says has been put together by many families for generations.
"It's an Eastern Summit County experience," Kuehn said. "It's worth driving out to see."
For more information on the Summit County Fair and for a full schedule of events, visit summitcountyfair.org.