Morgan County gears up for 100th annual fair

Apr 3 2011 - 10:35pm

MORGAN -- For the "biggest little fair in Utah," 100 years of the annual Morgan County Fair is a big deal.

"One-hundred years is huge," said fair manager Kris Krammer.

"We're hoping to get everyone in the community involved."

Centered around the theme "100 years of horns, hides, laughs and rides," fair management is making plans for the fair that will begin July 28.

"People are excited," said Krammer, who heads a nine-member board that meets once each month.

Krammer has been reminding county officials of the century mark since the close of the fair last year.

For the first time, the fair will be associated with a marathon, offering full, half and 5K options.

In keeping with the theme, the first 100 runners to register will receive prizes, as will the 100th runner to cross the finish line.

The marathon will be held July 30, with a parade at 6 p.m. that evening.

To celebrate the century mark, fair management is calling for pictures, ribbons and other fair memorabilia 20 years or older.

Even fair staples will be getting a 100-year twist, said fair board member Kim Turner.

For example, the barbecue cookoff will instead be a picnic-themed event judged not only on the food's flavor, but on the presentation and display.

The Amazing Race game will include challenges from yesteryear, including taffy making.

Games will include a "family horse and carriage" event that includes one driver, a "carriage" made from a refrigerator box, and four "horses" running around the arena.

A photo booth will capture photo strips of fairgoers in turn-of-the-century attire.

In the kids' make-and-take tent, children can build animals, such as raccoons, that have inhabited Morgan County for the past 100 years.

The fair that got its start 100 years ago is joining the technological age by getting its first official website, Facebook page, telephone number (801-821-7125), and e-mail address (morgancountyfair, available in April.

There will be no admission fees for non-arena events. Admission fees will apply for the junior rodeo Aug. 1; ATV rodeo Aug. 3; rodeo Aug. 5-6; and mini moto Aug. 4, 13, 19, and 20.

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