Don't make someone drag you to the Carroll County 4-H and… (File photo by Lisa Johnson )
Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair opens this weekend, with events starting Friday, July 27, and continuing through Aug. 4, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center Dr., Westminster.
Some of the familiar attractions include racing pigs, the combine demolition derby, Wild West night, lawn mower races, the tractor pull, chain saw carving demonstrations and more.
Highlights for the week include the annual 4-H Parade (July 29, 6 p.m.), the Ms. Carroll County Farm Bureau Contest (July 29, 7 p.m.) and the annual cake auction (Aug. 1, 7 p.m.) which raises money for the fair and for scholarships.
One the fair's signature events, the Combine Demolition Derby, will be held Saturday, July 28, beginning at 6 p.m., and there will also be a Car Demolition Derby on Monday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.
Wild West Night, including barrel racing, a calf scramble (ages 6-12) and Steer Decorating, takes place July 31, 7 p.m.
The week will also feature several concerts, including Billy Harrison and the Haywire Band on July 29, 8 p.m.; Bob Plunkert and Real Country, 7:30 p.m.; Half Serious, July 31, 7 p.m.; Iron Ridge, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.; Salem Bottom Band, Aug. 2, 7:45 p.m.; Richie Fields, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.; Kip Moore, Aug. 4, 8 p.m.
Food concessions are available throughout the fair and include pit beef, turkey, ham, hot dogs, French fries, pizza, ice cream and more.
The following is the full schedule. For more details, go to http://www.carrollcountyfair.com.
Friday, July 27
9 a.m. — Tractor Operator Contest and Certification.
9 a.m. — Garden Tractor/Small Engine Contest.
10 a.m. — Fair Beautification exhibits judged.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Rabbit exhibits entered.
Noon-5 p.m. — Poultry exhibits entered.
1:30-4 p.m. — Garden Products sheet judging.
2-5 p.m. — Mechanical Arts, Photography and Garden Products exhibits entered and judged.
3-5 p.m. — Clothing, Silk and Dried Floral exhibits entered and judged.
3-6 p.m. — Art Department exhibits entered and judged.
5 p.m. — Tractor Pull (Farm Stock), gates open at 4 p.m.
7 p.m. — Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of Buck Miller Arena.
7:30 p.m. — Tractor and Semi Truck Pull, gate admission.
Saturday, July 28
8 a.m.-1 p.m. — Carroll County Farmers' Market.
8:30 a.m. — Breeding Swine, Sheep and Meat Goat exhibits in place.
8:30 a.m.-noon — Woodworking exhibits entered and judged.
9 a.m.-noon — Plants and Flowers entered and judged.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. — Indoor buildings closed for judging.
9 a.m. — Bicycle Contest, Breeding Beef Heifer exhibits in place.
10 a.m. — Breeding Swine Show and Breeding Meat Goat, followed by Breeding Beef Heifer and Breeding Sheep Shows.
9-11 a.m. — Ag Commodities, Canning, Club Books, Natural Resources, Home Environment and Family Life exhibits entered and judged; Wool exhibits entered.
9 a.m.-noon — Clover exhibits entered and judged.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Robotics Contest.
10 a.m. — Alpaca Show.
10 a.m.-noon — Lost Arts exhibits entered and judged.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Dairy Cattle arrive.
Noon — Children's Pedal Pull registration.
1 p.m. — Children's Pedal Pull.
1-10 p.m. — Indoor exhibits open to the public.
1:30-3:30 p.m. — Service-Learning Exhibits entered and judged.
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Southern Barnyard Pig Racing.
3 p.m. — Purchase Power Judging Contest.
4 p.m. — Cow Pie Bingo.
4 p.m. — Clover Food Entry Bake Sale.
4:30 p.m. — Family Fun Fest.
6 p.m. — Combine Demolition Derby, gate admission. Gates open at 5 p.m.
7-10 p.m. — Market Livestock arrive.
Sunday, July 29
7-9 a.m. — Market Livestock exhibits arrive.
8 a.m.-8 p.m. — Dairy Goat exhibits arrive.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. — Indoor exhibit building open.
9 a.m. — Dog Show, Market Goat weigh-in.
9:30 a.m. — Dairy Cattle judging.
10 a.m. — Market Sheep followed by Market Swine weigh-in.
10 a.m. — Automotive Contest.
Noon — Children's Pedal Pull registration.
Noon — Gene & Jered Harrison Memorial Coon Mule Jump and Fun Show.
1 p.m. — Children's Pedal Pull, Lawn Mower Races.
1:30 and 5 p.m. — Southern Barnyard Pig Racing.
3 p.m. — Bill Harrison and the Haywire Band perform.
3 p.m. — Clover Small Pet Show.
4 p.m. — Small Animal Dress-Up.
4, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. — performances by Marty Long, chain saw carver.
5:30 p.m. — Parade line-up.
6 p.m. — Parade.
7 p.m. — Ms. Carroll County Farm Bureau Contest; Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus.
7:30 p.m. — Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Orientation and Dairy Goat Orientation.
8 p.m. — Dairy Cattle Fit Out Contest.
8 p.m. — Bill Harrison and the Haywire Band perform.
Monday, July 30
8 a.m. — Rabbit exhibits judged, English Horse Show, Beef Steers in place/weigh-in.
8:30 a.m. — Dairy Cattle Fitting and Show, followed by Dairy Breed Show.
9 a.m.-10 p.m. — Indoor exhibit building open.