Plans for county fair being finalized

The fair is coming. The Howard County fair will return for three days, Sept. 27, 28 and 29.Gates will be open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 and from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. “At this time, we are trying to get the vendors lined up for this year's fair,” John Paul Nichols, Howard County Fair publicity director, said. “We are looking to draw in more than we did last year.”Last year, more than 50 booths — comprised of profit and non-profit vendors — were involved. Booth spaces indoors are $175 and booth spaces outside are $250. For those wanting booth space, the deadline is Sept. 1. “The ideal situation would be to sell out and fill up the fair barn with vendors,” Nichols said. Another project underway this year is the Friends of the Fair. The group is made up of supporters aimed at assisting the fair through yearly membership fees. Funds raised through Friends of the Fair contribute to improvements, such as the projected plans to repair the parking lot and add lighting. “Last year, we refreshed the paint and fixed the air conditioning,” Nichols said. “This year, we are looking forward to being able to improve the parking lot.”Membership fees are $20 for a single person or $40 for a couple and $18 for senior singles and $36 for senior couple. Additional donations are accepted and appreciated. Included in the membership fee is a free meal provided by the fair board. According to Nichols, the meal allows the board the opportunity to meet supporters of the fair as well as find leads on volunteers. “As a small town fair, we constantly strive to improve our county fair while being restricted by a small budget,” he said. “We want to thank all those who help and give to the fair.”Those wanting to volunteer, make a donation or reserve booth space should send an email to Applications for booth spaces and other fair information can be found at