Alongside the rides, horse/tractor pulls, eating competitions and the beloved firefighter’s competition, there will be a wide array of musical acts throughout the week, including Balsam Range, Trantham Family, New Generation Jamboree and Variety Show, among other groups.
During the week, the fairway and fair facilities will be full of attractions such as local craft vendors, farmers touting their prize vegetables and a petting zoo for the younger crowd. Standard fair fare will be available for hungry patrons, but if funnel cakes aren’t cutting it, a fish fry on Friday afternoon and barbecue lunch by the Haywood County’s Future Farmers of America will offer more substantial dining options. They do cost extra, however, and the luncheon requires tickets. Oh, and don’t forget the cakewalk and cake judging on Saturday morning.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
• 5 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
Thursday, Aug. 23
• 6 p.m. – Firefighter’s Competition
• 7 p.m. - Bingo
Friday, Aug. 24
• 4 p.m. – Fish Fry ($10 per person)
• 6 p.m. – HCC Timber Sports Team
Saturday, Aug. 25
• 10 a.m. – Midway Street Performers
• 11:30 p.m. – Cake judging, Cakewalk
• 1 p.m. – Natural Beauty Contest, Horse Pull/Drawn Equipment Show
• 2 p.m. – Ice cream eating competition
• 3 p.m. – Haywood County FFA BBQ, Youth Talent Show
• 6 p.m. – Tractor Pull
Sunday, Aug. 26
• 1 p.m. – Truck pull, horseshoe tournament
The schedule for livestock shows include:
• Sheep Show: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 24, Barn
• Goat Show: 9 a.m. Sat., Aug. 25, Barn
• Horse Show : 9:30 a.m. Sat., Aug. 25, Arena
• Beef Show: 12 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25, Barn
• Dairy Show: 4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25, Barn
• Swine show: 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 26, Barn
Where’s the music at?
This year’s fair has a diverse and rich line-up, filled with an array of older local musical heroes and younger emerging acts. All shows will be held at the Apple Orchard stage. The performances are free and open to the public.
“The music this year is the dessert of the fair,” said Joe Sam Queen, who serves on the fair board of directors. “This is homegrown family fun and what a way to top it off with a week of fine music.”
• Thursday, Aug. 23: Lorraine Conard and Chris Minick will kick things off at 6 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 24: The New Generation Jamboree goes from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will feature Fines Creek Flatfooters, Hominy Valley Boys, Emily and Sara Trantham, Ross Brothers, McKayla Reece, Trevor and Travis Stuart, Junior Appalachian Musicians and Friends, Fall Creek, William Ritter and Friends, Ginny McAfee and Friend, Caleb Hensley and Friends, Tracy Best and Helena Hunt.
• Saturday, Aug. 25: The Heritage Hoedown goes from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will feature Eddie Rose and Highway 40, Whitewater Bluegrass, J. Creek Cloggers, Josh Fields, Southern Appalachian Cloggers, Appalachian Mountaineers, Hill Country, Mountain Tradition Cloggers, Coffee Branch, Green Valley Bluegrass, Carolina Country Cloggers, Cole Mountain, Smoky Mountain Stompers.
• Sunday, Aug. 26: Balsam Range and the Trantham Family will share the stage from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. to properly tie a bow on the weekend.