Columbia County Fair celebrates '120 Years of Denim and Dust'

Organizers added entertainment and activities to attract larger crowds.

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DAYTON -- A reinvented Columbia County Fair opened today and continues through Sunday.

After faltering for several years, fair organizers decided to bring in entertainment and activities to draw the community back to the fair.

The theme this year is "120 Years of Denim and Dust," with entertainment ranging from traditional cowboy music by Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue to bull riding and a Tribute to the Legends Concert. Sunday the decibels go up with the Rip Roarin' MotoCross in the Main Arena.

Today is Senior Day at the fair, with discounted gate admission for those over 65.

The new KidZone includes pony rides, a pedal-tractor driving maze, stick horses, and an Old MacDonald's farm with a calf, pigs, guinea picks, chickens and chicks, miniature horses and rabbits.

Entertainment continues all day today on the Columbia REA Stage on the Midway.

The Tribute to the Legends Concert begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Main Arena. Featured are Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash impersonators.

Saturday events begin with a breakfast from 6 to 9 a.m., with all exhibits opening at 9 a.m.

A main event Saturday is the Market Livestock Sale at 12:30 p.m., where 4-H and FFA youth will sell their market animals to the highest bidder.

Other youth activities Saturday include the FFA and 4-H judging contest, and the 4-H dog and cat show.

A Mutton Bustin' for youngsters will precede the Bull Bash at 6:45 p.m. The event is sponsored by Justin Boots.

The Denim OR Dust Bull Bash begins Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Main Arena. Announcer Rob Smets will narrate the event, and bull fighter Rowdy Barry will entertain and protect bull riders. A street dance with CountrySide Ride will follow in the Midway from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday events include a nondenominational church service at 10 a.m., and continuation of entertainment on the Columbia REA Stage and activities in the KidZone.

The Rip Roarin' MotoCross begins at 1 p.m. in the Main Arena.

The fair closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.

If you go:

Admission: Three-day gate pass, ages 7-12, $8; 13 and older, $14; 65 and older, $13; under 6, free. Daily admission, ages 7-12 $3; 13 and older, $5; seniors $5 ($4 on Friday); under 6, free.

Tribute to the Legends Concert, $7 plus gate admission.

Denim OR Dust Bull Bash, $10 grandstand, $15 arena floor, plus gate admission.

Rip Roarin' MotoCross, $5 plus gate admission.

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