Elephants, princesses and bears, oh my!

Saturday , August 09, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Standard-Examiner correspondent

People who go to the Davis County Fair will see some new attractions and some old favorites.

This year, bears will be on display, as will elephants.

“The bears will be in combination with the elephants, which were very popular last year,” said Brooks Burr, fair coordinator.

The bear show will be shown three times a day each day of the fair, but if people can’t make it to the shows, the exhibit will be available all day for people to take pictures of the bears at play. The Bear Encounter shows are at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day except Aug. 15, when they are at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Last year’s popular elephant show ill be back with three shows per day as well. The show offers an education on Asian elephants and elephant rides will be available for $8. The Elephant Encounters show 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 15; and 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 16.

Another new event Burr is excited about is the special Princess Day, which will start the fair off on Wednesday. The group “Magical Celebrations” will have a full staff of princesses all day for various meet and greets from the time the fair opens at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“They will switch out every hours so there will be plenty of princesses and time for all that want to take pictures and meet them,” Burr said. The princesses will also perform on the main stage on Wednesday.

“We thought it would be a pretty fun thing to create an event around,” Burr said. He encourages girls to dress up for the event.

Other popular shows will be back including a bird show, local music groups and a science discovery tent which will include views of exotic animals up close including snakes, spiders, scorpions, lizards birds and turtles.

Carnival rides will also be available. Fair entrance is free, but there is a cost for carnival rides.

“We will still offer the petting zoo, free pony rides and all shows on the main stage at no cost,” Burr said.

There will be some patriotic sides to the fair this year. There will be a Davis County flag retirement and military tribute at 8 p.m. Thursday, at which hundreds of flags will be disposed by the American Legion Post 27 Farmington.

There will also be a Utah Fallen Warriors Memorial to tribute all American soldiers who have lost their lives in services to their country. There will be a tank, helicopter and an artifact from one of the World Trade Center Buildings.

Burr said last year about 45,000 people enjoyed the fair and they are planning for the same crowds this year.

“It is always a good, fun family event,” Burr said.

Here are highlights of the main stage entertainment calendar, subject to change. Shows are free unless otherwise noted.

Aug. 13

11 a.m.: Kids games

noon and 1 p.m.: Princess Celebration shows

2 p.m.: Pie eating contest

3 p.m.: Earthwings (bird presentation)

4 p.m.: Dale Myberg (Yo Yo Man)

6 p.m.: Christopher Fair, magician

7 p.m.: We Are Strike

8 p.m.: Demolition Derby, $15/advance (www.davisfair.com), $20/door

8 p.m.: Earthwings

9 p.m.: Shawn Paulson, hypnotist

Aug. 14

1 p.m.: Bingo for seniors

2 p.m.: Music for seniors

4 p.m.: Pet show

6 p.m.: Earthwings

7 p.m.: Dale Myberg (Yo Yo Man)

9 p.m.: Shawn Paulson

Aug. 15

11 a.m.: Davis Hospital baby show (to 12 months)

11:30 a.m.: Baby show (ages 1-2)

noon: Baby derby

12:30 p.m.: Baby show (ages 3-5)

1 p.m.: Baby show, twins

3 p.m.: Pie eating contest

4 p.m.: Earthwings

6 p.m.: Christopher Fair

7 p.m.-9 p.m.: Murphy’s Guitar Showcase

8 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo, advance: $12/g.a., $15/premium seating (www.davisfair.com); at door/$15

Aug. 16

11 a.m.: Karate

noon: Short Bus Band

1 p.m.: Pie eating contest

2 p.m.: Fender Benders

4 p.m.: Earthwings

6 p.m.: VanLadyLove concert

7 p.m.: Dueling Pianos concert

8 p.m.: Earthwings

8 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo, advance: $12/g.a., $15/premium seating; at door/$15

9 p.m.: Shawn Paulson


  • WHAT: Davis County Fair
  • WHEN: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 13-Aug. 16
  • WHERE: Legacy Center and Davis County Fairgrounds, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

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