101 Years of Fun and Education

Concerts, carnival rides, midway games, food and livestock shows – the Rogers County Fair offers a variety of family fun at the 101st annual event taking place September 17-20.

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

JB and the Moonshine Band will be performing on the main stage at the 101st annual Rogers County Fair on September 19.

JB and the Moonshine Band will be performing on the main stage at the 101st annual Rogers County Fair on September 19.

Once again, a fireworks show will kick off the opening night of the annual Rogers County Fair on Thursday, September 17 at 8:45 p.m. Free concerts, carnival rides, livestock shows and a host of other family-fun activities are on tap for the 101st year of the fair.

A variety of entertainment is scheduled with activities, both inside and outside the Claremore Expo Center at 400 Veterans Parkway during the four-day event, set for September 17-20. Admission is free.

The free concert Saturday will be JB and the Moonshine Band with special gueset Strangetowne. They will take the stage starting at 7:30 p.m.

“The red dirt genre of music started in Oklahoma and Texas. We are excited to bring JB and the Moonshine Band in for the concert this year,” said Rogers County Fair manager Lisa Rogers. “With it being a free concert, everyone can afford to come and enjoy!”

The carnival will be open Thursday and Friday nights from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $3 each or 10 for $25; each ride requires one ticket.

The kids’ favorite activity, goat roping, will be open Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening. “It’s a great interactive activity for kids of all ages. They don’t need to be an expert roper to try their hand at this,” says Rogers.

Chainsaw carvers will also be returning for the third year to demonstrate their unique art. “This year the carvings will be on sale,” says Rogers. “As soon as a piece is finished it will be available for purchase through the fair office inside the Expo.”

The Expo Hall will be open Thursday through Saturday for attendees to visit the various 4-H, FFA and open exhibits on display, including arts and crafts, insects, fabrics and fashions, horticulture, photography, wildlife, and other categories. Entries in each division will be awarded ribbons and cash prizes.

A trade show in Expo Hall will house vendors selling a variety of accessories and homemade goodies. The Expo will be open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
While there’s always a great variety of fair food available each year, food trucks are being added to the traditional fair food menus. Meltdown Gourmet Grilled Cheese will be on site as well as a few others.

Livestock shows will also being going on throughout the event, beginning on Thursday morning with the goat and sheep shows.

“Since I was a kid I have always looked forward to the County Fair every year,” says Rogers. “It’s great to have new kids involved with the activities and make memories with their families at this 101-year staple in our community. I’m grateful to be a part of keeping the tradition of county fairs alive and well.”

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About Author Carol Beck-Round

After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.

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