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Singer and actress Shirley Jones and Gov. Norm Bangerter will be on hand for Thursday afternoon's opening ceremonies of the 1988 Utah State Fair.

The fair opened at 3 p.m.At 5 p.m. a musical tour and parade will take place at the historic fairgrounds, which will be the site for an 11-day exhibition of the best of Utah agriculture, livestock, home and fine arts, photography and hundreds of other exhibits.

At about 5:20 p.m. Thursday the fair will be officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the bandstand, located on the west end of the fairgrounds and near the Jordan River Parkway.

Jones, who starred in the TV series "The Partridge Family" and musicals such as "Oklahoma" and "Carousel," will sing the national anthem at the ceremonies.

Speakers will include Bangerter, State Fair Director Jackie Nokes and State Fair Board Chairman Douglas G. Bischoff.

The Taylorsville High School Marching Band and Madrigals will provide music for the program.

The Utah Transit Authority will provide free shuttle service on the Brigham Street Trolley every 35 minutes to the fairgrounds beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The shuttle will run from downtown Salt Lake City to the fairgrounds daily between 4 and 11 p.m., said UTA spokesman Craig Rasmussen.

The trolley will run north along West Temple Street from Fifth South, west along South Temple to Third West, north to North Temple, and then west on North Temple to the State Fair Grounds, Rasmussen said.

Trolley rides are sponsored by radio stations KSFI-FM 100 and KDYL-AM (1280).

Nokes, who was named to her post in July 1987, said the "new, improved Utah State Fair will be a perfect blend of rich traditions with a new twist. At the fair, people of Utah will be sharing their best in home arts, fine arts, crafts and photography.

"We'll have lots of fun with pygmy and angora goats, dairy and beef cattle and horses of every size and hue. We'll have bunnies in the `Bunny Bungalow - A Real Hoppin' place' and a wide variety of birds housed in `Fowl Friends - Some Pretty, Great Birds,' " Nokes said.

Carriage rides will be available around the fairgrounds.

Ice Capades performances are scheduled daily, except for Sept. 14, at the Salt Palace. Those with ice show tickets will also be admitted free to the fair.

Utah's finest chefs will compete at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in an omelet-making competition. Two hours later at the "Chef's Mystery Cookoff," eight executive chefs be given a brown bag containing secret ingredients and will be expected to prepare a gourmet meal.

KCPX Radio will sponsor two fireworks spectaculars Sept. 9 and 16.

FM-100 will sponsor a performance at 11 a.m. Saturday by Brigham Young University's "Young Ambassadors."

Final competition for the Miss Utah State Fair Queen pageant was scheduled Thursday morning.