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Dawson Grange Fair offers free fun experience

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

It's fun, it's educational and it's free, and the Dawson Grange Community Fair organizers think that it's still one of the best agricultural events in the area.

Scheduled to run Monday through Saturday, the grange fair will be celebrating its 34th year at 103 Chaintown Road in Dawson and is presently the oldest grange organization in Fayette County, and organizers say one of the most special things about their fair is the cost.

“Everything is free,” said Emily Marchewka, assistant fair director. “You don't have to pay anything to park to get in or to enjoy any of the entertainment or special events that we have in the arena.”

And the fair does indeed have a little bit of everything from decorated diaper contests to mother/daughter look-alike contests.

“We have a really great event,” Marchewka said, adding there also is a great support system that helps with the week-long fair. “We have a lot of volunteers and people who are behind the scenes who help to make it all happen.”

The fair is similar to a county fair, as its focus is on agriculture and education and the only real difference is that there is no livestock.

“We have a lot of inside exhibits,” Marchewka said. “We have the kids' exhibits upstairs in the grange building and the adults are displayed downstairs.”

Anyone can enter something for the indoor exhibits and sign-ups will be held starting at noon Monday.

“Anyone interested in bringing in an entry can get the information on our Facebook page,” Marchewka said. “If you have any questions at all you can message us on Facebook and someone will get back to.”

The fair will feature nightly musical entertainment, several tractor pulls, an ATV obstacle course and the popular ATV mud bog that is held Saturday and concludes with the fair queen getting tossed in the mud.

“If she's willing she goes in,” Marchewka said, herself a former fair queen who hit the mud in the spirit of the event. “I didn't have any problem with it then the following year, I go to throw that year's queen in the mud. It's just a fun thing we do.”

Food will be offered by the grange itself as no outside food vendors are allowed at the event.

“All of the money that is raised in the food stand goes right back into the fair for the following year,” Marchewka said. “We want to keep getting better year after year. It's a good time, it's a great fair and we hope to see big crowds this year.”

The fair will open weekdays at about 5 p.m. and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.