At the GDS Fair Sept. 1 – 7, there’s something for everyone.


At the GDS Fair Sept. 1 – 7, there’s something for everyone.

The Fair was started 92 years ago as a way of promoting farm life, farm activities and farm successes. Today, while the old country fair feeling is still there in everything from the antique farm machinery shows to the livestock exhibits and contests, visitors can also get their fill of modern attractions such as truck pulls and the ever–popular demolition derbies, as well as lots of live music and rides.

The fair will kick off Tuesday with the music of Tiny Young and the True North Band setting the mood for the opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm, followed by livestock weigh-ins, more music, the Fair Queen pageant, essay and poetry contest awards, and even more music.

In addition to the regular truck and tractor pulls, there will also be an antique tractor pull on Sunday and kids’ pedal pulls nearly every day. Kids 15 and under, bring your best frog Sunday for a good old fashioned frog jumping contest at 1 pm. And don’t forget the Red Neck Games in the arena starting at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Ed and Geraldine will play their barnyard music daily on the strolling grounds, and antique farm machinery shows, clowns, Martha’s milk house, and chainsaw carving exhibitions are free to enjoy with the price of fair entry.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday there will be a midweek discount, where entry at the front gate will cost only $5! The daily gate fee includes all the entertainment and most shows, agricultural and crafts exhibits, educational displays, quality arena events and unlimited midway rides. Thursday is Senior citizen day, where seniors 65 and over can get in for $3 until 4 pm. There will be an extra $5 charge for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Truck Pulls and the Demo Derby. Gates open Tuesday through Thursday at 11 am, and Friday - Monday at 9:30 am. Parking is always free and there is also a free shuttle from the parking lot to gate.

In keeping with the fair’s original function as an educational event, the GDS Fair Association has been awarding scholarships to local undergraduates and graduate students since 1993. The purpose of the scholarship program is to provide an incentive to future generations to actively participate in community volunteer activities including, but not limited to, the Fair Association. The judging criteria does not include “financial need,” but rather bases the award on a student’s accomplishments and community service. The awards are presented at the recipient’s school annual awards program.

With so much to do, and in support of such good causes, Come on out to the fair and have a great time with your neighbors.