Local 4-H and FFA youths are making final preparations with their project animals, eager gearheads are anxiously welding and wrenching away on their stripped-down Destruction Derby chariots and somewhere Craig Morgan is tuning up for his Lakeview appearance.
What do all these things have in common? Why, that Thursday, Aug. 29, marks the opening of the 94th annual Lake County Round-Up and Fair, of course.
Complete details on the features of this year’s big fair weekend can be found inside the Examiner’s special dedicated issue, published and inserted with this week’s edition. See the related sidebar for more information.
This year’s Lake County Fair’s carnival will open on Thursday, Aug. 29, and continue through Monday, Sept. 2. Hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and noon to 5 p.m. on Monday.
4-H and FFA showmanship commences on Thursday evening, with the annual Fat Stock sale starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the livestock sale barn.
Also opening on Thursday, Aug. 29, is the Lake County Fair Horse Show, which will continue through Friday, Aug. 30. More information on this event can be found inside this week’s edition’s Sports and Outdoors section.
On the night of Saturday, Aug. 31, country music star Craig Morgan will take the stage inside the horse arena. Talented Lakeview High School alum Pamela Forbes is scheduled to open for Morgan, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Numerous other bands will be playing throughout the weekend on the north stage of the fairgrounds, as well as in the Re-Ride Room. Details of these groups and their scheduled stage times can be found inside the special fair edition.
The traditional Lake County Round-Up will commence on Sunday, Sept. 1, and will continue on Monday, Sept. 2, inside the fairgrounds arena. Grand entry starts at 1:15 p.m. on both days.
At 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, the Lakeview Lions will host their annual Buckaroo Breakfast in the downtown area. The Eagles Lodge will host a breakfast on Monday morning at 8 a.m.
Come Sunday evening, mechanical mayhem will reign supreme in pleasing the eager crowd turning out for the Destruction Derby. Hosted by the Lake County Desert Cruisers and Lakeview Little League, this event never fails to pack in an enthusiastic audience of revelers.
The traditional Round-Up parade will cap off the activities on Monday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m.