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DAVIS OPENS CURTAINS ON COUNTY FAIR

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The Davis County fair opened Wednesday at noon at the Fairpark in west Farmington and continues through Saturday with its "Centennial Celebration" statehood theme.

Entertainment this year has more variety to match the increasingly urban population. "We have three stages this year, something new, and the entertainment is more varied, different styles, not just country and western or cowboy," said fair director Steve Flint.Two stages, the open air stage and the community stage, are side by side so as one act is on stage, another is setting up and will be ready to go, offering continuous entertainment, Flint said.

And a third stage, called the feature stage, is being added in front of the grandstands in the rodeo arena for what Flint calls the "showcase entertainment" on Friday and Saturday nights before the CRC-sanctioned rodeo gets under way.

Flint said local officials and the county fair royalty will be recognized during Thursday's Junior Rodeo competition at 7 p.m.

While Friday and Saturday's competition is on the professional level, Flint said the junior rodeo of local contestants promises to be equally entertaining.

"We've had a big sign-up. These are local kids and I think it's going to be one of the biggest junior rodeos we've had at the fair," Flint said.

Admission to the fairgrounds and most events, including the entertainment and Thursday's junior rodeo, is free. There is an admission charge to Friday and Saturday's professional rodeo and concerts. Rodeo-only admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children; admission to the rodeo preceded by the concerts is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

Wednesday evening's event schedule includes BRIDJJ on the open air stage and a truck pull and breeding sheep judging at 6 p.m.; Autumn Glow Line Dancers on the community stage and team penning at 7 p.m.; Performance Dance on the community stage at 7:30 p.m.; local talent on the community stage at 8 p.m.; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday's schedule includes local talent on the community stage and a petting zoo when the fair opens for the day at 10 a.m.; livestock judging at 10:30 a.m.; Tauna Lynn on the open air stage, swine fitting and showing and market class judging at noon; a puppet show on the community stage, beef fitting and showing and market class judging at 1 p.m.; Bareback on the open air stage at 1:30 p.m., Angela Sprague on the community stage at 2:45 p.m., sheep fitting and showing and market class judging at 3 p.m.; Just the Girls on the community stage at 3:15 p.m.; Runway on the open air stage at 3:45 p.m.; String Fever on the feature stage at 4:45 p.m.; Amber Miller on the feature stage at 6 p.m., Sunshine Generation on the community stage and the Junior Rodeo at 7 p.m.; Shelly Kay on the open air stage at 7:30 p.m.; The Bean Family on the community stage at 8 p.m. The fair closes at 10 p.m.