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The Rowan County Fair is open Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Jaycee Farm off US 60 east.

Rides, pageants, face painting, all kinds of food, drag racing and some of the most popular musicians in the region will be on hand later this month as the annual Rowan County Fair is set to kick off Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Since 1956, the fair has been a popular event in Rowan County, with more than 5,000 people attending the event each year from across eastern Kentucky.

The fair will run until Wednesday, Aug. 21 until Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Morehead-Rowan County Jaycee Farm at 60 Jaycee Farm Road off US 60 east just about one-half mile past Christy Creek Road.

Wednesday through Friday the fair will be open from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.; Saturday the fair will open at 4 p.m. and will end after all the scheduled events have been completed.

Entry fee is $10 per person on Wednesday and Thursday, and $15 on Friday and Saturday. Tickets include an armband for all of the event’s rides operated by Casey’s Rides.

Various food and beverage vendors will be on-site during open hours.

Wednesday will start the event’s pageants and includes:

• Baby Miss Rowan County Fair (0-11 months)

• Toddler Miss Rowan County Fair (1-2 years old)

• Baby Mister Rowan County Fair (0-2 years)

• Tiny Miss Rowan County Fair (3-4 years)

• Little Miss and Mister Rowan County Fair (5-7 years, who will compete as a couple)

Thursday’s pageants include:

• Miss Pre-Teen Rowan County Fair (8-12 years)

• Miss Teen Rowan County Fair (13-15 years)

• Miss Rowan County Fair (16-21 years)

An open mic session will be held after the pageants on Wednesday and Thursday.

Registration for the pageants is from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. with the events beginning around 6 p.m. All attire is “Sunday Best.”

For more information on pageants, contact the Pageant Chairman Nancy Hicks at 356-0444.

Spiderman will also be making appearances for the youth to visit and take pictures.

A host of musicians will also be performing each night throughout the fair.

Friday’s musical entertainment will be that of “Seven Turn,” and takes the stage from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

“Lilies of the Field” will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday evening the up and coming country superstar Marty Brown will take the stage to entertain guests.

Brown is widely recognized for his appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2013.

Brown is doing a show with his full band featuring songs off his new album, American Highway. He will also be doing his hit songs, like the one he wrote for Tracy Byrd, “I'm from the Country.” Also, he will be playing songs like “I'm a Country Boy!”

This year will also return the highly anticipated motor sports events hosted by KOI Drag Racing.

Registration and practice for racing starts at 5 p.m. on Friday with racing at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights.

KOI says there will be classes for any vehicle and cost is $10 each, except diesel trucks at $20.

All classes have 100% payback to the winners of the classes.

For more information on classes or anything else go to www.koidragracing.com or call Lewis at (859) 576-7380.

Bleacher seating will be available but feel free to bring your own lawn chair.

No outside food or drinks will be permitted, along with backpacks.

This year’s fair is presented in cooperation with various sponsors and the Morehead-Rowan County Jaycees Inc.

“We are looking forward to another exciting year,” said Michael Patrick, event organizer. “There’s new rides, more attractions, and a lot of talent being shown on our musical stage. Come join us, relax, and have a great time.”

For any business, politician, or community group wishing to set up a booth or table, contact Patrick at (606) 691-4190.

For more information about the fair, along with videos of the bands and pageant rules and registration forms, visit www.rowanfair.net.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.