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Davis County FairPark is the place for entertainment, excitement, animals and food during the 67th annual Davis County Fair and Rodeo, Aug. 17-19.

During the three days, three stages will present live entertainment from James Nicks and The Night Crew, The Dancing Grandmas, cowgirl/cowboy poetry, Brassworks Centennial Band and plenty of puppet, comedy, magic and fashion shows.Entertainment always brings a crowd, but committee members are also excited by the more than 5,000 participants who entered crafts, food and art, along with livestock, small animals and rodeo contests.

"The entertainment is great, but the reason the fair exists is because of the things like showing animals and displaying art that people have been doing forever," said Kim No-vak, FairPark director. "We won't end up having a fair if nobody participates in the livestock - we'll end up with a carnival."

Commercial and food booths have more than doubled this year and eight more bands than last year will fill the stages, she said. And don't forget the carnival rides and the Friday and Saturday night rodeo - popular fair traditions. New this year is a free trip for two to see "Phantom of the Opera" in San Francisco, sponsored by Morris Travel.

"The fair is really Davis County's biggest community party," Novak said, adding that the fair gets better and better every year.

With a packed schedule and increasing numbers of participants, booths and entertainment, the fair, located at 151 S. 1100 West, is expected to attract twice the crowd as last year's event, Novak said. Admission to the fair is free, but the Friday and Saturday night rodeo costs $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Children under 5 are admitted free.

The fair kicks off Thursday at noon with Senior Citizens Day and a first-ever opening ceremonies parade, Novak said. Friday and Saturday the fair opens at 8 a.m. and entertainment lasts until 9 p.m.

Thursday's schedule:

Noon: Opening ceremonies and parade in the Main Arena

1 p.m.: Heritage Senior Center crazy fashion show - Main Stage

Brassworks Centennial Band - Community Stage

2 p.m.: Centennial speaker: Utah's Silver Queen - Community Stage

2:45 p.m.: Prairie Dogs - Main Stage

3 p.m.: Centennial Band - Community Stage

4 p.m.: KRGO Radio live remote and prizes - Open Air Stage

Golden Spike National Historic Site storyteller - Community Stage

4:15 p.m.: Davis County royalty's entertainment - Open Air Stage

5 p.m.: Tap Dancing Grandmas - Community Stage

5:15 p.m.: LynnDee Mueller Band - Main Stage

6 p.m.: Junior Rodeo - Main Arena

County line dancing - Community Stage

6:30 p.m.: 4-H youth pet show

6:45 p.m.: Davis County royalty's entertainment - Open Air Stage

7 p.m.: Sugar and Spice - Community Stage

4-H youth dog show

8 p.m.: Ivory and Frets - Community Stage

9 p.m.: Trail Dust Group/cowgirl poetry - Community Stage

Exhibits are open noon to 10 p.m.