By Sarrah Peters
The 77th Annual Etowah County Fair opened Tuesday, September 20. The fair will remain open until Saturday, September 24. The fair is being held at the Etowah County Fairgrounds, located at 31 Griffin Sreet Southeast in Attalla. The fairgrounds are open from 5 to 11 p.m.
This year the fair’s theme is “Something Old, Something New, Forever Red, White and Blue.”
Sponsored by American Legion Post 71, the Etowah County Fair is the second oldest county fair in the state.
The fair costs only $3 for an entrance fee. Inside, there are booths, a tractor show and award-winning canned goods, artwork, collections, clothes, plants, flower arrangements, quilts, photography, baked goods and much more. Exhibit entries are open to everyone, with divisions for youths and adults.
Of course, the Etowah County Fair offers rides for an additional fee. This includes classic rides, including the swings, carousel and ferris wheel; rides for children, including wagon rides, a tall slide and a jungle-themed funhouse; and faster rides for the more daring. Armbands for unlimited rides are $15.
Vendors offer all the fair food favorites including hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, caramel apples, funnel cakes and more.
Fair games are available allowing attendees to try their hand at darts, pool, shooting hoops and throwing for a chance to win stuffed animals, inflatables, pictures, goldfish or even a pet rabbit.
The Etowah County Fair also offers entertainment each night.
On Friday, September 23, South Ridge will play from 7 to 9 p.m. South Ridge is made up of Larry Davis, on keyboards and vocals; Randy Sitz, on lead guitar and vocals; Fred Killian, on drums and vocals; and Ray Richardson on bass guitar and drums. The band plays rock and easy-listening music.
On Saturday, September 24, Rodeo Stitts will perform with the band South of Nashville from 6 to 9 p.m. Both are up and coming country music acts.
For more information about the fair, go to the Etowah County Fair Grounds Facebook page, www.etowahcountyfairgrounds.com or call 256-538-2815.