Clay City Fair Association and 4-H club members invite the public to come and enjoy "life in the country" during the 69th Annual Clay City Fair next week.
Although there will not be a carnival during the fair this year due to scheduling conflicts, event organizers have worked hard to ensure there will be plenty of good food, creative crafts, exciting exhibits and lots of fun entertainment for visitors to enjoy.
According to the Clay City Fair Association, there are no charges for admission or parking during the fair, which will take place at Goshorn Park and the surrounding community.
On Monday, the fair begins early for members of the Harrison Handy Helpers, Blue Ribbon Winners, Clever Clovers, Big Green, Willing Workers, Pioneer Happy Hustlers Senior and Laker Leaders who volunteer to help clean and set up the barn and the Green Building at Goshorn Park at 9 a.m.
The following is a list of highlights to take place from June 24-28:
On Tuesday, 4-H projects are scheduled to arrive 8-10 a.m. (with judging scheduled at 10:45 a.m.), Open Class Exhibits begin arriving 9-11:30 a.m. and the Green Building opens to the public 6-10 p.m.
Entertainment includes a local two-wheel and four-wheel drive truck pull sponsored by the Clay City Lions Club (CCLC) at the pull strip. The CCLC will also sell Ribeye Steak Sandwiches.
On Wednesday, things get hectic as the livestock exhibits arrive (6-10 a.m.), the Green Building opens at 5 p.m. (it closes during the parade), and the finishing touches are placed on the entries for the 69th fair parade at 6:30 p.m., with a theme of "Living in the Country."
Following the parade, the Green Building reopens and fair goers can enjoy bull riding, a pedal tractor pull at 8 p.m. and then stick around for the first Merchandise Drawing at 10 p.m. Winners must be present to receive their prize.
The first of two fundraising CCLC chicken dinner events takes place, with serving starting at 5 p.m.
On Thursday, barnyard animals take center stage as the Hog Show begins at 9 a.m., the Poultry Show begins at 3:30 p.m., Beef (Starter Calf and Dairy Steer) and Rabbit shows begin at 6 p.m. The Green Building opens at 4 p.m.
A fish fry will take place in the Orange Building from 4-8 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., the pull strip will be a fun place to visit when the Antique Tractor begins, and, if you're in the mood for some good music, Diamond Hill Station performs.
The Merchandise Drawing is at 10 p.m.
On Friday, more barn animals are highlighted during the Sheep Show at 9 a.m., Dairy Show at 1 p.m. and the Goat Show at 2 p.m. Livestock will be released at 10 p.m.
The CCLC chicken dinner begins at 5 p.m.
A Bicycle Rodeo will take place in the school parking lot at 4 p.m. while the Green Building opens at 6 p.m. The Hot Farm Open Tractor and Semi Pull begins at 7:30 p.m. at the pull strip.
Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m., with the Merchandise Drawing at 10 p.m.
On Saturday, runners can register to participate in The Mayberry Classic Run at 7:30 a.m., with the race to begin at 8:30 a.m. Early registration for adults (14 and older) for the 5-K run for $15 children (ages 6-14) $10 for the 2-K run is $15 for adults, children is $10 and for the 1-Mile Fun Walk adults pay $15, children $10. Registration for adults is $20 and $15 for children on race day. Participants are eligible to receive a T-shirt with their registration fee, but only pre-registration guarantees a T-shirt will be available on race day. For more information or an application, contact Lana Taylor, P.O. Box 96, Clay City, Ind., 47841.
All 4-H club members and volunteers will gather to clean the barn area at 8 a.m.
At 10 a.m., the Pet Parade will take place at the Gazebo, with a Kids Fun Day scheduled there at 1 p.m.
The Green Building opens and the CCLC will begin serving the Fireworks Dinner (Pulled strip sandwiches) at 4 p.m.
A blood drive, with a free ribeye sandwich with each blood donation, takes place during 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Clay City "Rhubarb" Cooking Challenge takes place in the Green Building at 6 p.m.
The Gazebo will be a busy place with the Gold Clover Award and Incentive Award celebration at 7:30 p.m., with immediately afterwards the Pictures for Awards and will be at the Gazebo while the Grand Champions will be shown in the Green Building. All projects will be released from the Green Building at 8 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., Joe and Jan Edwards will perform while the ITPA Truck and Diesel Pickups Pull will take place at the pull strip
The Fireworks Spectacular will take place at 10:30 p.m. and the final Merchandise Drawing will take place immediately afterwards.
On Sunday, after a short rest, all 4-H club members and volunteers will meet to clean up the park at 2 p.m.