Davis County Fair: 3 ways to have fun at this year’s event

Thursday , August 10, 2017 - 3:51 PM

ANNE CHRISTNOVICH, Standard-Examiner Staff

As the first day of school draws nigh and summer slips away, fun-seekers can soak up the last drops of the season with the Davis County Fair, from Aug. 16-19, with a 2017 theme of “Come and Sea It!” 

The Davis County Fair began in 1929 but hasn’t run consecutively since the early 1990s, according to the Davis County website. 

The fair hosts food, music, entertainment, 4-H, monster trucks, a rodeo and more at the fairgrounds, located at 151 S. 1100 West in Farmington. For more information about the fair, as well as a full schedule of events, visit http://bit.ly/2uLervh. 

Here are three ways you can make the most of this year’s fair: 

1. Free admission, free events

You can make a trip to the fair cost-effective for the whole family. General admission is free, and so are several events, including:

  • The petting zoo and pony rides
  • Various acts performing on the main stage
  • A BMX stunt course (bring your own bike and helmet, and wear long pants and sleeves, as well as closed-toe shoes)

Hungry? You can even get in on some free watermelon — and lots of it. There are watermelon eating contests at 5 p.m. Aug. 17 and 2 p.m. Aug. 18. 

2. Make some furry, scaly and slippery friends

County fairs revolve around the animals, but in addition to the four-legged or feathered beasts you would expect, there are sea creatures and exotic animals as well. 

  • A sea lion splash show, which happens several times each day and is free for the family to watch.
  • A reptile show — learn about snakes, frogs, lizards, tarantulas and more.
  • 4-H competitions for showing goats, swine, beef, sheep, horses poultry and more. 

3. Music, magic and more entertainment all day

No matter when you head out to the Davis County Fair, be prepared for some first-class entertainment. 

Throughout the day, the event’s main stage will host musicians, dancers, magicians, hypnotists and much more. Here’s a look at the schedule: 

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • Princess Show: 11 a.m.
  • Reptile Show: 12 p.m., 4 p.m.
  • Magician Christopher Fair: 1 p.m.
  • On Pitch Performing Arts: 2 p.m.
  • Expressions Dance: 3 p.m.
  • Guitarist Ryan Rostrom: 6 p.m.
  • Good Bones: 7 p.m.
  • Hypnotist John Moyer: 9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 17

  • Senior Entertainment: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sun, Shade and Rain: 2 p.m.
  • Reptile Show: 4 p.m.
  • Watermelon Eating Contest: 5 p.m.
  • One Foot in the Grave: 6 p.m.
  • Festive People: 7 p.m.
  • Vinyl Tap: 8 p.m.
  • Hypnotist John Moyer: 9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 18

  • Davis Hospital Entertainment: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Magician Christopher Fair: 1 p.m.
  • Watermelon Eating Contest: 2 p.m.
  • Bountiful High Jazz Band: 3 p.m.
  • Earthwings Bird Show: 4 p.m.
  • Saxophonist Brendan Thorpe: 5 p.m.
  • The Backyard Revival: 6 p.m.
  • Murphy’s Guitar Showcase: 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19

  • Princess Show: 11 a.m.
  • Reptile Show: 12 p.m., 4 p.m.
  • Flashback: 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Magician Christopher Fair: 5 p.m.
  • Ballet Folklorico Tutulli: 6 p.m.
  • The Fangs: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • The Hypno Hick: 9 p.m.

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