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June 15, 2006

Oswego County Fair -- Free Admission with Plenty of Activities!

SANDY CREEK -- This year’s Oswego County Fair will offer free admission and free parking in addition to amusement rides, harness racing, music, demolition derbies and barns full of farm animals.

The 149th edition of the county fair runs from June 29 through July 4 at the County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek. The fair offers plenty of family activities each day including horse shows, a pie-eating contest, sawdust hunt, antique tractor pulls and talent shows.

“This year, there’s no cost for admission. We welcome families and visitors of all ages. There are daily events such as the Wambold’s Circus Menagerie, a skillet throwing contest, the Woodchuck Sculpture show, and a sawdust hunt. The only admission costs will be for the grandstand events,” said Jerry Thomas, president of the Agricultural Society of Oswego County, which operates the fair.

Fair planners are also reinstating the traditional fair parade on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

As with any county fair, families will be able to see animals up close and watch the judging of draft horses, poultry, goat, beef and swine each day. Grandstand events include a free harness racing competition on Thursday, June 29 at noon. Admission will be charged for the following events: Figure 8 race on Friday, June 30; demolition derbies on Saturday, July 1 and Monday, July 3; truck pulls and NYS sanctioned tractor and truck pulls on Sunday, July 2; antique tractor pulls on Monday, July 3 and ATV drag racing on Tuesday, July 4.

The popular Heritage Building offers displays and memorabilia from local historical societies and workshops on cemetery preservation, family tree for beginners, documenting your ancestors’ Civil War service, and Internet research for beginners.

Each day, the Heritage Building will present a research roundtable at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. with area historians. The Halfshire Historical Society will have its research library on site and local authors will be spotlighted on Saturday, July 1. Craft sessions on weaving, chair caning, quilting, scrapbooking, book binding and basket weaving will also be held in the building.

Hawkins Amusements will offer unlimited rides for $12 per person on Friday, June 30 and Tuesday July 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Sunday, July 2, which is Children’s Day, there will be unlimited rides all day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at $15 per person.

A fireworks display is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4 at 10 p.m.

The Oswego County Fairgrounds is located at 291 Ellisburg Rd. (County Rt. 22A) in Sandy Creek.

For more information, contact the Oswego County Fair main office at (315) 387-3834.

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