By Carole Robinson
Tomorrow the gates open for the ninth annual Williamson County Fair. Rock Around the Fair will open at 6 p.m. for nine days of family fun, food and entertainment. This year’s entertainment lineup has something for everyone.
Little ones will enjoy The Party Animals, described as “Rock ‘n Roll for toddlers,” by Mark Ruegg, Party Animal emcee.
The cast of animal characters from Hollywood, Ca. will provide a 30-minute high-energy show complete with interactive dancing, a balloon artist and giveaways.
Keep Williamson Beautiful’s craft project is an opportunity for children to be creative with recycled materials. During the week, they will make their own coloring book, said Nancy Zion, Williamson County Solid Waste Director.
“It’s very cute and very fun and they will get crayons and a bookmark to go with the project,” Zion said.
On weekend days, magician Barry Mitchell will show kids how they can reduce, reuse and recycle. Winning entries from the KWB art sculpture contest will also be display.
Kids ages 3-11 with a competitive spirit can enter the Pedal Tractor Pull and Race. This event is provided by the Junior Fair Board and open three times nightly during the week and every hour on weekends. Stop by the booth to check race times. Registration is not required.
The Kids Workshop, sponsored by The Home Depot, will be held Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a camera to get a picture with special guest Homer D. Poe and the Chick-fil-A cow. He will have plenty of coupons for yummy Chick-fil-A food.
Opening night on the Main Stage features the Bicho Brothers’ at 8 p.m. performing Soul Sacrifice - A Tribute to Santana.
Saturday night at 8 p.m., enjoy a walk down memory lane. Grab the poodle skirt – of course every girl has one somewhere in her closet – and join Franklin’s own Loy Hardcastle and the Exotics at the Sock Hop.
The Exotics, similar to the Blues Brothers, played together in high school, and still relive those years with a nostalgic flare.
Sunday is pageant day—a day filled with crowns, roses, the cute and beautiful. Pageants for babies, toddlers, children, teens and adults begin at 3:30 p.m.
Seniors (55 and older) get in free all day and those who registered at area senior centers will enjoy a free lunch at 11 a.m. followed by games of bingo from 1-3 p.m.
Monday is Southern Gospel Music night featuring local gospel favorites.
Tuesday youngsters and teens in elementary, middle and high school will sing their hearts out during the Sing Your Heart Out vocal music talent competition.
Wednesday features Motown Sounds of Touch and Thursday The Austin Brothers with Sen. Jack Johnson will open for Nashville country music artist Charlie Worsham, whose single, “Could It Be” recently hit the airwaves and is moving up the charts.
The popular group Beatlemania Now, a Beatles Tribute Band, will bring a bit of nostalgia to the stage Thursday night.
Saturday, Aug. 13 is Patriot Day. Active and retired military receive free admission to the fair. Elvis will be in the building – actually two Elvi will perform.
Shawn Klush returns to the stage that set him on the journey in 2006 to become the first Ultimate Elvis. Performing with Klush is Cody Ray Slaughter, the 2012 Ultimate Elvis and the youngest artist to win the title.
Tickets to the Fair are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 and include all entertainment events. Children under six are free.
For information about schedules, ticket specials and ride ticket prices, go to www.williamsoncountyfair.org.
Posted on: 7/31/2013