It's been an interesting last few days for those preparing for the annual Cullman County Fair.
What started out as a soggy beginning to the week has made way for what Cullman County Fair spokesperson Gregory Bean considers ideal fair weather conditions as the 10-day event kicks off tonight.
“It was a Godsend really; it washed all of the dust off everything,” Bean said chuckling. “It was s small price to pay, but now we have 10 days that look wonderful, and we’re very excited to get things underway.”
In addition to the typical rides, vendors, booths, and arts and crafts, Bean said there will also be more state fair type rides than in the past.
“We’re going to have some of the largest thrill rides for the older kids, and also the largest kiddyland ever,” Bean said.
Bean also noted there have been a record number of entries for the various competitions, including the canning and artwork categories.
“Anyone in the state of Alabama can come and compete for over $15,000 in prizes,” he said.
And of course, no fair would be complete without the food.
“There will be funnel cakes, cotton candy, hamburgers, hot dogs, and every fair food imaginable,” Bean said. “So, anyone on a diet can throw it out the window. This is just your typical southern county fair with great crafts, canning and artwork.”
Gates open at 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Tiny Fair Princess and Petite Fair Princess pageant is also on tap. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Coca Cola Theater on The Cullman Times stage.
Admission to the fair grounds for those 12-years-old and up is $6. Those under 12 enter free with their parents.
* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org