Price is right at Dawson Fair

| Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, 5:09 p.m.

Called one of the best family events in the area, the Dawson Grange Community Fair is definitely one of the best bargains for families to enjoy.

“Our fair is completely free,” grange board of directors president Doug Gardner said. “Free parking, free entertainment and free arena events.”

Gardner said the Dawson Grange Community fair is the only totally cost-free fair in the area, and it enjoys nice sized crowds that pass through the gates nightly.

“We see a lot of people,” Gardner said, adding that the nightly arena events and music are both big draws for the fair. “We have several local bands and also karaoke and the events in the arena really draw the people in.”

The fair differs from the county fairs as it does not have livestock, but it does have plenty of interesting indoor exhibits that feature entries of canned goods, produce, crafting and handiwork and much more.

The entries are brought in by 4-H Club members, adults and other children and youth in the area who want to see how their entries size up against the competition.

“It's really gone up,” Gardner said of the indoor exhibits that are featured in the grange building. “It seems like every year it has gone up. We are even adding more tables this year.”

The fair will feature fun games for the kids, handmade wooden shingle displays through Thursday, antique machinery and a lot of fun contests.

“We started some contests like the Mr. Legs contest,” Gardner said of the event that invites area males to show off their limbs. “It started out slow, but now it's really catching on.”

Other contests at the fair throughout the week will include such fun events as the mother-daughter lookalike contest, the diaper-decorating contest and the pet contest.

Food will also be available at the fair that will be prepared and offered by the grange committee.

The fair will also feature a bounce house for the kids to enjoy and a new event, a large Chinese auction.

“We had people from the community donate things for the Chinese auction, which is nice,” Gardner said of the auction. “We also have a homemade quilt that was donated that we are selling chances on.”

A lasting tradition for 35 years, the Dawson fair will be held rain or shine as it brings people from all over the area to one location of events, entertainment and education.

“The Dawson Grange Community Fair continues to be an important asset to the Fayette County and surrounding region, as it provides family-friendly fun that is free for all to enjoy,“ Dawson Grange Community Fair associate director Emily Marchewka said. “We strive to maintain tradition so we can continue to see the same fairgoers year after year. This year marks two important anniversaries for us. It is the 140th anniversary for the Dawson Grange, making it the oldest grange in Fayette County. Secondly, this year the fair itself is celebrating its 35th anniversary. We encourage all to come out to help celebrate these important dates in our history.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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