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FARMINGTON — The Davis County Fair kicked off Wednesday with an estimated 3,200 people attending Wednesday night's free concert with country music singer Doug Stone.

"Doug Stone was very impressive to me because he was so darn friendly," fair event coordinator Dave Hansen said. "He stayed for about an hour and a half after the concert signing autographs and taking pictures . . . He was really a great performer."

Hansen said the opening day went surprisingly smoothly and that so far the fair has been a success. Opening day events also included a performance by Davis County royalty, a seniors bingo activity and a concert by the Hill Air Force Base marching band.

This year's four-day fair at the Davis FairPark, 151 S. 1100 West, includes old favorites such as livestock competitions and rodeos, plus some new additions like performances by a stunt bike and in-line skate group.

The Maximum Capacity BMX show takes place six times during the fair and is expected to attract kids as well as adults, Hansen said.

The Davis County fair draws huge crowds each year in part because admission to the fair is free and so many events and performances are free as well, Hansen said. Last year's fair had about 40,000 visitors.

"It attracts people and attracts vendors . . . I'm sure it helps," he said.

Some of the more unique competitions taking place this year include a rubber duck race, entertainment by magicians and hypnotists and a baby contest and derby.

The baby contest, which is Friday morning at 10 and requires a $2 entry fee, drew about 350 competitors last year, Hansen said. Fair organizers have planned for as many as 400 this year.

"It's a contest for people who want to show off their babies," he said. Categories include reddest hair, biggest eyes and chubbiest.

Thursday afternoon featured an Anything Goes Pet Show. That contest drew about 100 entries last year, Hansen said, and is open to just about any kind of animal.

"We've had lizards, and some kids brought in a rat yesterday they wanted to enter," he said. "They dress up their pet and dress up like their pet."

The PRCA professional rodeos Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. are expected to draw visitors from around the state and the region. The main stage of the FairPark is almost completely filled with performances by country groups, rhythm and blues and pop performers. Hansen said fair organizers worked this year to have the main stage almost completely booked.

"There should be non-stop entertainment from when the fair opens to when it closes," he said. "And it's not just corny entertainment."

The fair runs through Saturday at the Davis FairPark, 151 S. 1100 West, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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