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Fair kicks off in Coalville

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Women from the county will gather Thursday in Coalville to help kick off the 100th Summit County Fair at the Miss Summit County royalty pageant.

The fair, which officially opens Saturday, celebrates its 100th birthday this year in Coalville. Following a dog show Saturday at 10 a.m., officials will unveil a centennial mural, which was painted by Oakley artist Jan Perkins, at the Summit County Fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m.

Fireworks are scheduled after the demolition derby, which begins Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, 4-H’ers from all over Summit County will meet next week to compete for ribbons in junior livestock competitions.

"It teaches them responsibility and knowledge of agriculture," North Summit resident Camille Vernon said.

Her children raised pigs this summer to sell at the fair.

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"For my kids, it’s not just the pigs. They wait the whole year for the fair," Vernon said.

North Summit resident Trisha Richins said her children also look forward to the fair each year.

"They wait for it every summer," Richins said. "It’s a tradition."

Her 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter each raised two lambs to sell at the fair this year.

"My kids get the lambs in May. They have to feed them, walk them, shear them, bathe them," Richins said. "They take the money out of their savings account to buy the lambs and every year they’ve made a profit."

Livestock that receives blue ribbons in competition can be sold at an auction, she explained.

"You’ve got to spend the time to work with your animals," Richins said. "What I like about 4-H, is the responsibility it teaches the kids."

Students begin entering their 4-H and Future Farmers of America projects at the fair Aug. 3.

"It’s a good way to raise money, and to save money for their education," Summit County Fair Coordinator Kellie Robinson said. "But it’s a lot of work."

The fair has changed a lot in the past century, Robinson said.

"Agriculture definitely has changed over the years, the technology, what they had back then and what we have now," she said. "Yet, we still try to maintain the rural, old-time feeling at the fair with the livestock exhibits and the entering of the quilts and the canned goods and that type of thing."

Most events at the fair are free.

"The only things that we charge for to attend are the demolition derby and the PRCA rodeo, and that’s different from a lot of the fairs that charge you admission price," Robinson said. "We also do not charge for parking. So it’s pretty reasonable for families to be able to come and attend."

There are barrel racing competitions Aug. 3 and a little buckaroo rodeo Aug. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.

The popular all terrain vehicle rodeo is Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events are scheduled at 8 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8.

Fair officials are selling medallions to commemorate the anniversary.

"All of the awards and ribbons this year will have that centennial logo on them," Robinson said.

For a complete fair schedule, visit http://www.summitcounty.org.