Coy said some of the most exciting things include the changes happening with this year’s fair, like the rearrangement of what event happens the first two nights. Traditionally, tonight would feature the highly anticipated musical performance — which will be Mitchell Tenpenny and Teddy Robb this year — however, that concert has been moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Cheer Bonanza will take place tonight instead.
“I’m really excited about the change myself,” Coy said.
“Our concert’s starting to pick up (attention) now that it’s getting closer. Everyone’s getting excited about that.The closer we get the more excitement it seems is in the air for that performance I think because people are starting to hear him on the radio more. And you now, we’ve had some good ones (play for the fair) in the past and then they go on to win awards. ... I think we’re going to help make Mitchell Tenpenny big.”
The fair has other attractions of course as well. Coy said this year brings a couple new food booths for the community to try and even more displays for all to enjoy. In fact, Zoe Martin, 6, a first year 4-H cloverbud in the Earth Angels club, said she’s getting excited.
“Mostly I’m excited about the food, and the rides, and riding (my horse),” the daughter of Jesse and Tracie Martin, of Willard, said. She will show her horse Mindy in a Western show this week.
“It teaches them responsibility and kinmanship for people of all different backgrounds,” Tracie Martin said. “I think it’s a very good learning experience for them. “We enjoy watching them, their performances in the arena and to see all of their hard work pay off. That’s our favorite part.”
Besides the swapping of Monday and Tuesday’s night-time entertainment, Tuesday also will offer free admittance until 3 p.m.
On Wednesday, U.S. veterans get in for a penny and Thursday offers the same deal for senior citizens 60 years and older. On Friday, fair-goers can get $1 off their admittance if they bring a non-expired canned good to be donated to The Salvation Army.
“I think everyone I’ve talked to is getting really excited for the fair,” Coy said.
Today’s forecast calls for perfect fair weather — partly cloudy skies with a high near 88 and low of 68. Tuesday calls for scattered thunderstorms with a high near 80 and a low of 66.