Concerts, animals, fireworks and more on tap at Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair


Concerts, animals, fireworks and more on tap at Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair

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GOUVERNEUR — A free fireworks show has been added to this year’s Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair which once again features food, music, carnival rides, animals and more.

The fair runs from Tuesday through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 85 E. Barney St. Admission is free. Parking is $5.

The fair begins with harness racing at 11 a.m. on opening day, followed by the carnival rides opening at 4 p.m. The remaining days the fair runs from 1 to 11 p.m.

A performance by The Charlie Daniels Band at 8 p.m. Tuesday is a highlight of this year’s fair. The Waydown Wailers, a local band that plays an eclectic mix of country rock, will take the stage at 6 p.m. as the opening band followed by the fair’s opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.

A larger stage that’s about 30 inches higher off the ground than the previous stage was constructed at the grandstand. Also, new bleachers were installed.

“Over the years we’ve talked about it, but with The Charlie Daniels Band coming we decided it was time to do it,” said Donald A. Peck, the fair’s longtime manager. “It will improve viewer visibility for all the entertainment we have in the grandstand.”

The cattle exhibit will run all week with 330 dairy cattle on display, a fair record. This year’s agriculture section also features rabbits, goats, sheep, poultry, beef cows and for the first time, a yak.

Coleman Brothers Shows will once again provide a variety of midway rides for all ages, including kiddie rides.

Wristband purchasers will be allowed unlimited rides on Saturday. Wristbands purchased at the door sell for $25 and are valid from 1 to 7 p.m.

The free fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds.

Mr. Peck said the weeklong fair is a family oriented event that offers a range of activities for all ages.

“We have lots of food, vendors and one of the biggest cattle shows in the Northeast,” Mr. Peck said. “There’s lots of things to see and do and we have tried to keep it affordable for families.”

The petting zoo is presented by Commerford Petting Zoo, Goshen, Conn. Besides goats and other small animals, the petting zoo will feature pony and camel rides.

For more information about the fair, or to purchase tickets, contact the fair office at www.gouverneurfair.net or 287-3010.

Grandstand events at the fairgrounds:

*Tuesday

Harness racing, 11 a.m., free

The Charlie Daniels Band — 8 p.m.; gate opens at 6 p.m.

General admission tickets, $30

*Wednesday

Carlton Peck Band Day

Local high school bands, 1 p.m., free

Firemen’s Parade, 7 p.m., free

*Thursday

Local talent show, 6:30 p.m., $5; under 5, free

*Friday

The Glorious Sons, 8 p.m., gate opens at 6 p.m.

Admission tickets, $10 advance and at the gate

*Saturday

Professional tough trucks, quad and UTV racing, plus amateur racing, 7 p.m., gate opens at 5 p.m.

Tickets, advance and at the gate, $15, adults; under 10, $10

*Sunday

Demolition Derby, 1 p.m., gate opens at 11 a.m.

Tickets, $12 adults; under 10, $8; advance and at the gate

Source: Watertown Daily Times
Concerts, animals, fireworks and more on tap at Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair

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