Pierce County Fair starts Thursday

Volunteers continue to put on the finishing touches for the 57th Pierce County Fair, which begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. But the activity has been going on for weeks, as buildings have been cleaned, the grounds manicured and projects prepared for exhibition.

Sunday and Monday, the Open Class Divisions accepted entries, which included hundreds of food items in the Home Economics Divisions and plenty of quilts and garments. Judges now put in long hours deciding which entry deserves the highly coveted Merit Award. Wednesday marks the arrival of the Open Class Floral Show exhibitors.

On Tuesday night, the first rotation of 4-H Horse Project Members arrived. The Equine project has grown so large, that two sections are required to give everyone a “fair” experience.

Wednesday night, the animal projects arrive. But not just anyone can enter, as these 4-H and FFA members must present their animal projects to the scrutiny of “Vet Check.” Local Veterinarian’s will exam each animal entry to make sure it is free of disease or any other detrimental health condition.

The Pierce County Fair has an assortment of animal projects waiting for you. Yes, there are the traditional cows, chickens, and goats. However, 4-H continues to grow. Many companion animals are recognized as projects including dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. Oh yes, and there are also hedgehogs and the new pocket pet project, which includes mice, hamsters, rats, and gerbils.

Military Appreciation Day
The Pierce County Fair, in cooperation with the Pierce County Council has declared Thursday August 12, 2004 as “Military Appreciation Day.” On this day, members of the active and reserve components of the military will receive “free” admission to the Pierce County Fair. “It is just a little something we can do for those who are willing to do so much”, announced Fair Manager Betty Backstrom.

U.S. Navy Band
A component of the U.S. Navy Band Northwest, “Cascade” swings in for one performance only at 5 p.m. August 12, 2004, in recognition of Military Appreciation Day. “Cascade” will take the stage and take us back to the big band era and also deliver a twist to some favorite patriotic tunes. If you can’t find a seat, don’t worry as there is plenty of dancing room available as many people find themselves just not being able to sit still to the rhythmic beat of “Cascade.”