By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014
Country music artist Cody Johnson will perform on Saturday, September 13 at the Rogers County Fair in Claremore. Opening for Johnson will be Curtis Grimes. The concert is free and begins at 8 p.m.
For the second year in a row, a fireworks show will kick off the opening night of the annual Rogers County Fair on Thursday, September 11 at approximately 8:45 p.m. The fair is celebrating a century-long tradition of drawing families to the concerts, carnival rides, midway games, livestock shows and a host of other fun activities.
Fairgoers won’t be disappointed this year as a variety of entertainment is on tap for the 100th year celebration. Activities, both inside and outside the Claremore Expo Center at 400 Veterans Pkwy., will take place during the four-day event, set for September 11-14. Admission is free.
Texas native and country music artist Cody Johnson will perform Saturday night on the “2 Works for You” main stage located outside the Expo Center. Opening for Johnson is special guest Curtis Grimes – also a Texan – whose fan base grew after he appeared on “The Voice.” The free concert begins at 8 p.m. “I heard Johnson perform at the NFR in Vegas last year and he puts on a great show,” says Lisa Rogers, marketing coordinator of Visit Claremore. “He’s great for fans of all ages; you’ll really enjoy his music!”
The carnival, provided by Fun Time Shows in Missouri, will be open Thursday and Friday nights from 6 to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wristbands for all you can ride each night and tickets if you only want to ride a few will be available.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday and throughout the event, Justin Harrell will be hosting a goat roping for all ages. The popular event includes practice sessions and a jackpot, which will be held outside by the Expo barns. “You don’t have to be an experienced roper,” says Lisa. “The roping is on foot and open to anyone who wants to give it a try.”
Saws will be buzzing and sawdust flying as chainsaw carvers – new to the fair last year – will be returning to demonstrate their unique art. Tom and Wendy Zimmer will be demonstrating their craft on Friday and Saturday. “It’s really neat to be able to see a log transformed into an owl or an eagle while you watch,” says Lisa. “It’s a beautiful piece of art when they are finished.”
On Friday only, beginning at 10 a.m., the Southwest Dairy Farmers mobile classroom will be on site, where fairgoers can experience the milking parlor. “It’s great for kids,” she says, “because it is not only educational, but fun for them to see how the milking is done and where it goes.”
Of course, no fair is complete without the 4-H and FFA and open exhibits. The Expo Hall will be open Thursday through Saturday for attendees to visit the various displays, 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 Hall will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Livestock exhibitions will also kick off on Thursday with the goat and sheep shows. Livestock shows will continue on Friday with the poultry and swine shows. Beef, rabbits, horses and dairy cattle will wrap up the livestock shows on Saturday.
“We’re so excited to be celebrating 100 years of the Rogers County Fair this year in Claremore, and we’re looking forward to another 100 great years,” says Lisa. “The Rogers County Fair is a wonderful event for affordable family fun with a variety of activities for kids and adults of all ages.”
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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.