A mid-summer heat wave, fresh summer vegetables, a second hay-cutting well underway and families looking for one last blast of fun before school starts. That can mean only one thing: It’s time for the Williamson County Fair! 

A ceremony and ribbon-cutting event at 5:30 p.m. Friday will officially kick off nine days of family fun and entertainment with the opening day of the fair celebrating 15 years.  

The Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park, the site of the fair, will provide several exciting new attractions and popular returning ones.

Returning attractions include Lady Houdini, who performs an amazing underwater escape, and chainsaw artist Roark Phillips, who wields a chainsaw like a pen knife to produce beautiful and unusual log art. Also back will be a variety of robotic cars that will roll through Fair Village and transform into robots; Jurassic Kingdom, which is an educational and entertaining dinosaur show; and the BMX Bike Stunt Team, a favorite of extreme sports enthusiasts.  

New attractions include the Xpogo Stunt Team, an extreme pogo team that performs flips, tricks and wild jumps; Piccolo Zoppé Boutique Circus, a 19th century European circus complete with equine extravaganzas and breathtaking high-wire exhibitions presented by the renowned Zoppé family; and the strolling Spoon Man, who will stroll around Fair Village performing his interactive comedy show.

The fair will again offer several interactive and hands-on activities, such as the butterfly house, the Home Depot Workshop,  STEM projects and shooting sports.

Of course, Little 1’s Farming has become one of the fair’s most popular exhibits for the young and not-so -young. 

Enter the barn, don an apron and, for just a few minutes, live the life of a farmer. Plant seeds, milk a cow, catch fish in a pond, harvest crops and “purchase” a snack with proceeds earned for your “farm work.” 

From Little 1’s Farming, head into the Children’s Barnyard and check out the baby pigs; pet a llama, donkey, goat, rabbit, cow, or horse; rope a hay bale steer, play in a corn pit and meet chickens and roosters.

On the midway, NYC Taxi bumper cars join returning favorites such as the Zoogvogel, the Cyclops, the Himalaya and many more. A new ride this year, the Triple Ferris Wheel, has three Ferris wheels spinning together for extra thrills. Little ones will get their thrills on the super slide and a wide variety of themed rides. 

Throughout the fair, check out the numerous displays, from vegetables to honey bees and quilts to desserts. Take in the livestock shows, fashion shows, competitions, demonstrations, vocal and musical performances and more. Stop by the arena picnic pavilion and place a bid at the 4-H cake and pie auction set for 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Pageants for infants up to those age 20 are set to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center, at 112 Everbright Ave. There are 11 contest classes. Check the fair website for the full schedule.

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