The Taney County Fair kicks-off this week at Shoals Bend Park in Forsyth.
From June 12 to June 16 the public is invited to come out and enjoy all the daily fun features the fair has to offer, including amusement park rides, games, craft vendors and some amazing food.
The annual Little Miss Taney County pageant, which is open to ages 3 to 10, will be held on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The winners of each category will receive a crown, a sash, a trophy and a new bike. New to this year’s fair pageant line-up will also be the Ms. Senior Taney County, which is open to ages 60 and up.
The pageant also serves as a fundraiser for Jeans for Teens, which provides area teenagers with a new pair jeans at the start of each school year.
For this year’s annual demolition derby on Saturday night, Fair Board Secretary Douglas Bower said they’re bringing in a new company called the Oklahoma Boys Promotions to run the derby.
“It sounds like it’s stacked up to be a good derby. Supposed to be several cars in it, so it should be able to pull off a pretty good time,” said Bower. “That’s what a lot of people love to come and see.”
The gates will open at 5 p.m. and the derby will begin at 7 p.m. Derby classes will include limited weld, bolt and chain, compact and figure eight. A lawn mower derby and a power wheel derby will also be included as a part of the Saturday night event.
Taney County Fair ride armbands can be purchased in advance for $20 at Save-A-Lot, Hilltop Gas and Grocery, Scooter’s Express and Casey’s General Store. Advance armbands are on sale now up to the first day of the fair. Armbands for $25 a piece will also be available at the gate. Armbands allow fair attendees to come and ride any and all rides as many times as they’d like.
“It should be a pretty good year. We’re looking forward to it, and we’re hoping to change some things and have some better events as time goes on,” said Bower. “They are supposed to be bringing the big Ferris wheel. That’s what everybody has asked for out of our carnival company is to bring the big Ferris Wheel. So that should be a pretty good deal.”
Bower said another new addition to the fair this year is the inclusion of the members of the local 4-H.
“The 4-H will be up there with their livestock and they’ll be having several little events,” he said. “The 4-H students have raised chickens and different breeds of animals that they’ll have up there to show off, as well as some that they’ll be selling off.”
Fair hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Additional fair information can be found by visiting the Taney County Fair’s page on Facebook.
“I just want to make sure and welcome all the public to come out and enjoy a fun filled time with their family and their kids and enjoy the week,” said Bower. “Pick a night and come on out.”