Directors of the Buena Vista County Fair have moved the date of the 2002 fair from its traditional date in July to June 20-23 in order to secure the appearance of a carnival at the event this summer.
Members of the Fair's Board of Directors wanted to be able to have a carnival appear at the four-day annual celebration, and Fair Board President Gary Nepple said that meant moving the festivities ahead several weeks to the third weekend in June.
"We checked around, and there are 86 fairs in three weeks in July, and there are only 12 carnivals to handle all of those fairs," Nepple said. "There were no carnivals available in July, but there were some available in June, so we decided to move to June in order to have one of those at the fair this year."
Nepple said the carnival this year, Kenny's Entertainment, will have 12 rides for all ages to enjoy, and the fair will also bring in a petting zoo and an assortment of clowns to coincide with the carnival.
In addition to the carnival, the fair will also have a variety of other entertainment options for patrons to enjoy.
Stock car races will take place on Thursday and Friday nights, while there will be a demolition derby at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Contests for animals such as sheep, dogs and rabbits will take place on Thursday, while chickens and ducks will be judged on Friday.
A baby contest will be held on Saturday, while the antique tractor show will take place that same morning at 10 a.m. A pie-baking contest and a dance will conclude the event on Sunday evening.
Nepple said the change in schedule will affect some participants in the fair, particularly those with large animals, who may not be able to get their livestock as prepared for the event as they would like.
He said that this year would be one of transition for the fair, as keeping the June date is a distinct possibility. "I think it will be a year of adjustment this year," Nepple said. "Once everybody adjusts, though, I think we'll be alright."
For information on renting booths at the fairgrounds, call Nepple at 284-1482.