Jackson County Fair returns for its 96th year Sunday through Oct. 22, and it’s still much like it’s been for generations.
The year’s fair book shows it has all the elements parents and grandparents remember — the rides, foods and games, along with blue ribbons for the biggest pumpkin and kids who raised the best cows.
Admission to the fair and parking are free, along with all the exhibits, but fair-goers will want to bring cash for the food booths, the games and rides.
Once they get their fill of gumbo and funnel cakes, learn about keeping honey bees and hear a tune, people wander into the livestock barns and exhibit buildings. There they can see who in Jackson County grew the most beautiful flowers and who raised the cutest calf.
Divisions for adults and children show their talents for painting and photography, baking, quilting and canning fruits and vegetables.
The rides and shows stay open each night as long as there are enough people, and special ride prices are featured on several nights.
The schedule includes:
Sunday — Fair, rides and shows open at 4 p.m.
Monday — Fair opens at 11 a.m. Rides, shows and Kiddie Land open at 4 p.m.
Tuesday — Fair opens at 11 a.m. Kiddie Land opens at 2 p.m. Family Night starts at 4 p.m. with
reduced ride prices.
Wednesday — Fair opens at 11 a.m. Rides and Kiddle Land open at 4 p.m.
Thursday — Fair opens at 11 a.m. Rides and Kiddle Land open at 4 p.m.
Friday — Fair opens at 10 a.m. Rides and shows open at 2 p.m. Ride prices reduced until 6 p.m. for Children’s Day. Youth Dog Show for ages 5-18 at 6:30 p.m., with registration from 5-6:15 p.m. Midnight Madness from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday — Fair, rides and shows open at 11 a.m.
Sunday Oct, 23 — Rides and shows open at 12:30 p.m., with special wristband rates from 12:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-9:30 p.m.