Parking space nearly doubles for Davis County Fair

Thursday , July 31, 2014 - 2:52 PM

FARMINGTON — Bears, elephants, and additional parking, oh my.

This year’s Davis County Fair in addition to offering the public a number of free animal acts, is offering an additional 500 paid parking spaces through an ongoing redesign of the Legacy Events Center grounds at 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington.

The old race track, a few weedy spots and a large dirt berm have been removed to make way for additional parking for this year’s fair, Legacy Events Center Director Dave Hansen said.

The 500 additional parking places will nearly double the number of vehicles now able to park on the center grounds, Hansen said. Previously, the county had room for about 550 vehicles.

The fair, with the theme “The Fair Necessities,”  is set for Aug. 13-16. Admission to the fair is free, while there is a minimal charge for parking.

The charge to park in the premium parking lot, just south of the Legacy Events Center indoor arena, will be $7, with a $2 discount for those who bring two cans of food to donate to the local food bank, Hansen said.

The charge to park in the new parking area, which is expected to be graded, but not paved or striped prior to the fair, is $5 per vehicle, with a $2 discount for those who donate two cans of food.

The additional parking area should alleviate some of the on-street parallel parking that has occurred along 1100 West in the past, Hansen said.

While construction on the center ground will temporarily be suspended during the four-day fair event, Hansen said, Farmington City does have construction work scheduled for 1100 West during that period.

Because of delays that street construction might cause with traffic, fair goers are encouraged to arrive early for the ticketed events, he said.

This year’s ticketed events include the demolition derby, carnival rides and two nights of the PRCA rodeo on Friday and Saturday night.

This year’s fair will feature an elephant act, a bear act, in addition to food, live entertainment and exhibits.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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