FARMINGTON — “The Fair Necessities” is the theme for this year’s Davis County Fair, Aug. 13-16 at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington.
“The highlight is the new bear attraction this year,” said new Fair Coordinator Brooks Burr. “It will be sponsored by Station Park. They’ll be performing throughout the day and duration of the fair. It’ll be a fun, new attraction” he said of the bears.
On top of that, the elephants who were so popular last year are coming back.
“There’s a lot of excitement around the elephants that we had last year. They’re doing their free show as well,” he said. In addition, there will be chances to ride the elephants.
The elephants will be performing a variety of animal acts as a kickoff to the fair, Burr said.
“We want this to continue to be a family-oriented event,” said County Commissioner John Petroff. “We opened last year with such a big deal with the elephants, and were able to get them back.
“It’s always fun to have music going on when you’re at the fair. It keeps the mood light,” he said.
The group Magical Celebration will also perform two shows, at noon and 1 p.m. on opening day, Aug. 13.
Burr described it as a “princess performing group, dresses as princesses. They sing songs, are choreographed and interact with the audience,” he said, and they call their performance “The Dream Celebration.”
In addition, there are many musical acts that will be performed on the Davis Clipper Main Stage. Two that quickly come to mind for Burr are by Utah County bands: “We Are the Strike,” a funky alternative that specializes in the older, funkier type song. They feature a small horn section, along with a bigger band feel.
“Vanladylove,” a more traditional rock sand roll group, promising clean and fun family entertainment, has gained lots of notoriety via social media, Burr said.
Admission will continue to be free and parking offered at a nominal fee on the paved lot just outside the gate. Those bringing food items for a food drive will receive a discount, Burr said.
Much else will also be offered, from the agricultural, 4-H-related exhibits to food and craft vendors.
There will be the traditional rodeo Friday and Saturday night, junior rodeo, horse show, barrel race, roping, Dutch oven cook off, Davis County Walks 5K, Davis Hospital Baby Show, pie eating contests, Rockin E Country Store pet show and mutton busting.
There will be chances to show off that pie, those roses, and art pieces. There are living arts and senior exhibits, floriculture and horticulture, photography, rabbit and cavy and pee wee goats.
For more information, visit daviscountyutah.gov/fair or call 801-451-4087.