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Oklahoma County Free Fair

noon-7 p.m., Saturday August 27
For the past 97 years, residents from all over the metro area have come together for some friendly competition and good times during the annual Oklahoma County Free Fair.

     This year will be no different as participants compete in categories like photography, garden produce, woodworking, baking, livestock, flower arrangement and horse events during the 97th Annual Oklahoma County Free Fair, scheduled to get underway at the Oklahoma State Fair Park August 25-27.

     “The fair gives residents the chance to compete with others who have the same hobbies and interests as they do and win not only blue ribbons, but cash prizes as well,” commented Ray Ridlen, Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service Educator and a superintendent for the fair. “We also have a long list of special activities and contests for fair goers.”

     To exhibit at the fair, Oklahoma County residents need to bring their items to the Centennial Building at the fair park from 12 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.  Any exhibit entered in the fair must have been made, grown, or constructed during the past year unless otherwise noted in the official fair book.

     “There’s no fee to enter anything in the fair or to take part in any of the special contests or events,” explained LaDonna Dunlop, Director for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service.  “Our fair also provides people with a wonderful opportunity to see how they do in competition with others as they get ready for our state fair.”

     On Friday, August 26, the Centennial Building opens at 1 p.m. so exhibits can be viewed after judging.  In addition, a number of special contests will take place at 6 p.m.  An “Ice Cream Freeze-Off” allows residents to bring in their best homemade ice cream accompanied by their recipes and compete for prize money.  First-place in one of four different categories wins a $50 prize, along with ribbons.  Also, prizes are given out for second ($40), third ($30), fourth and fifth ($20 each) place in each category.

     The “Saucy Salsa” contest also begins judging at 6 p.m.  Premiums for this contest include a $20 first-place prize in three categories--tomato, fruit and other. 

     On Friday evening at 6 p.m., fair goers will also be entertained by a performance from the Oklahoma Salsa Fever Dance Company.  In addition, the OSU Insect Zoo will entertain guests at the Fair from 3 to 7 p.m.

     The Beef Show will get underway on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. in Barn 3.  On Friday, August 26, livestock events include a goat, sheep, and swine show that go on throughout the day in the barn area.  The Horse Show will get started at 7 p.m. in Barn 6 on Friday night and will continue Saturday morning. 

     Also on Saturday, special activities have been scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in the Centennial Building.  HoHo’s Central Oklahoma Clown Alley will be on site to provide face painting and balloon art, while youngsters up to 19 years of age can take part in the Ice Cream Sundae Making Contest beginning at 9:30 a.m. and kids up to 12 years of age can compete in the Kiddy Tractor Pull following at 10 a.m.

     The Pie Baking Contest will get underway at 10:30 a.m. and is open to contestants of any age.  Premiums will be awarded in three categories--custard, fruit and nut--and range from $25 to $10 from first through fifth place.

     For a list of exhibit categories or a schedule of events, residents can pick up a copy of the Oklahoma County Free Fair Book at the OSU Cooperative Extension Service, located at 930 N. Portland in Oklahoma City, or access the book online at http://oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma.

Where: Oklahoma State Fairgrounds
Phone: 948-6700
Address: 3001 General Pershing

Oklahoma State Fairgrounds

3001 General Pershing
Oklahoma City, OK
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