Haywood County Fair schedule
The Haywood County Fair will be Aug. 20-24, and preparations are being made now to ensure it is the best one yet.
Military Appreciation Day is Aug. 21
A special Military Appreciation Day event has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Apple Orchard Event Center. Included will be presentations by various elements of the JROTC units of the two high schools, recognition of veteran representatives from all the military conflicts beginning with World War II, and acknowledgment of children and youth who have family members currently in the military.
Bingo Aug. 21
Bingo will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Apple Orchard Building. Door prizes include restaurant and automotive gift certificates, pottery, jewelry, crafts and silk flower arrangements. Call Shirley at 712-3458 for information.
Fish fry is Aug. 22
The 2014 Haywood County Fair Annual Fish Fry is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.
The Fish Fry features tilapia, baked beans, slaw, hushpuppies, and a drink, all for $10. Children under 8 are free. Tickets may be purchased from the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office at 456-3575.
Equestrian presentation Aug. 22
There will be equestrian presentations by the Mountain Dell Equestrian Group at 4, 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Great Smokies Arena. Mountain Dell Equestrian will present small pairs drill teams from the Silver Spurs 4-H Club and other participants.
K-9 demonstration Aug. 22
The K-9 units associated with Haywood County’s law enforcement agencies will give a demonstration at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Great Smokies Arena. Illicit items will be hidden and the dogs will work to locate them.
Spelling bee Aug. 23
The County Fair Spelling Bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Apple Orchard Building on the fairgrounds, beginning with elementary level. Middle and high school levels will follow immediately after. Admission is free. Public, private and home-school students are welcome. Interested students should contact the Cooperative Extension Office at 456-3575.
Tractor pull Aug. 23
This year’s fair will feature a Stock Tractor Pull at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Great Smokies Arena at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Trophies will be given for first, second and third place winners. Hitch fees are $10 per hitch or $25 for three hitches. Apple Country Pullers rules will apply. Call 456-3575 or 246-5167.
Cakewalk Aug. 23
A cakewalk will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Dogwood Building at the fairgrounds. Cakes to be entered for the cakewalk should be brought to the fairgrounds Saturday and will be received beginning at 10:15 a.m. Tickets for the cakewalk will be $1 per walk.
Beauty pageant Aug. 23
The Naturally Breathtaking third annual Miss and Master Haywood County Fair Natural Beauty Pageant will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. The pageant is open to all ages of boys, girls and adults. Attire is a T-shirt and blue jeans. All contestants will receive a tiara, sash, trophy and gifts. Call Wendy at 704-798-3739, Debra at 704-242-2601.
Talent show Aug. 23
The 2014 Haywood County Fair Youth Talent Show will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Children and youth of all ages and public, private and home-school students are eligible to participate.
Individuals and group performances are all welcome. For more information, call Erin Freeman at 456-3575.
Horse show Aug. 23
The Haywood County Fair Horse Show will take place at 7 p.m., with registration at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23. This horse show is for all ages. The entry fee is $3 for the various classes and $10 for the championship classes. For more information, call Janet Leatherwood at 646-9432.
Truck pull Aug. 24
The Truck Pull will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in the Great Smokies Arena. Registration of vehicles will be held prior to 1 p.m. For rules and regulations, call Damon Swanger at 734-1510. Hook-up fee is $10. In addition, the fairgrounds will be charging $2 per person at the gate for both drivers and spectators.
A unique attraction at this year’s fair will be a mechanical bull provided by Ron Smith. A prize of $200 will be awarded to anyone who can ride the bull for 8 seconds at top speed.