You've been tending your virtual crops in FarmVille, and earning virtual ribbons for your work, but it's time to log out of Facebook and head to FairVille.
FairVille, this year's Weber County Fair, is the place to see who won ribbons for real produce. The fair also features a bumper crop of activities, for a harvest of real-life fun.
In addition to displays of produce, animals and arts and crafts, fair-goers can enjoy nightly shows on the grandstand stage.
Radio Disney's Rockin' Road Show gets kids dancing at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Eric Dodge, a country singer from St. George, performs at 8 p.m. Thursday. Due West, a Utah group that recently signed a Nashville contract, takes the stage 8 p.m. Aug. 13. Californian Brad Bonar performs magic at 5 p.m., and comedy at 8 p.m., on Aug. 14.
Local talent can be seen throughout the fair, and there's a "Weber County's Got Talent" competition at 7 p.m. daily. The first 100 signed up compete for $1,000. Entry costs $25, and is due Monday.
New "neighbors" coming to the FairVille include Sandpile Creations, builders of giant sand sculptures, and the Amazing Rainforest Experience, showing exotic animals in performances and displays. Lawn mower racers start their engines at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.
Also new this year: "Win It in a Minute" competitions, based on a television show, are planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Children can participate in scavenger hunts daily, turning in answers for prizes.
As always, fair-goers can expect rodeos and a demolition derby. FairVille has three rodeos this year. Adult cowboys and cowgirls compete at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the Utah Youth Rodeo Finals start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. An ATV rodeo, with events based on traditional rodeo, starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 13.
The demolition derby is the only ticketed event at the fair; tickets cost $10, include fair admission, and are available through Smith's Tix (800-888-TIXX) or the fairgrounds box office. The demolition derby starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 14.
Deals on admission
Fair admission is $6 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 17 or age 62 and older, and $2 for kids 6 to 12; children 5 and younger get in free. A family pass (for two adults and four students or children, or for four adults) costs $20. Members of the military get in free, with ID, and can bring five guests.
A four-day pass is $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $6 for children.
Tickets sold prior to the fair cost $1 less for adults and students, and are available at Farr West and South Ogden city offices, Harmon's in Ogden and Roy, Lee's Market in North Ogden, Eden's Valley Market, Wangsgards in Ogden, Country Corner in West Weber, Petro Mart in Farr West, and Alliance Credit Union branches.
On Wednesday, kids age 12 and under are admitted for free. Thursday, bring a can of food for the Utah Food Bank and get in for $1. Bring an empty Coke product container on Aug. 13 for $1 off admission.