“The Figure 8 Contest is new this year. (Vehicles) go in a figure 8, and they have to make it through the intersection without crashing into the other guy.”
Fair Secretary Bertha Rand said also new this year is a horse-logging demonstration and a Miniature Horse and Donkey Show.
An Essex County Beauty Pageant is also new, set for 6 p.m. Thursday on the South Lawn Stage. Entry information for the pageant is available at: www.essexcountyfair.org.
Rand said master hypnotist Michael Blaine is back for his second fair.
“He appeared here for the first time last year, and now he’s a national performer. He agreed to come back because we gave him his start. He’s very good, and it will be an excellent show.”
Blaine appears at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Lawn Stage.
The fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is $10 a person, which includes all carnival rides, most shows and parking.
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Here's Wednesday's schedule:
Gordon Oil Day and Senior Citizen Day (seniors older than 60). Receive $2 off food coupon, with $10 admission.
The midway will open after inspection.
9 a.m.: Essex County Fair Draft Horse and All-Breed Driving Show at the Horse Ring or Pulling Ring.
Noon: 4-H Dairy Cattle Show at the 4-H Cooperative Extension Area; 4-H Beef Cattle Show follows; harness racing at the Gordon Oil Grandstand, with Upstate New Yorkers playing between races.
3 p.m.: Master Hypnotist Michael Blaine Show.
3:30 p.m.: Sheep and Goat Show at 4-H Cooperative Extension Area.
5 p.m.: 4-H Horse Show, trail and dressage.
5:30 p.m.: Bike Giveaway in Cattle Show Ring.
5:45 p.m.: Opening Ceremony in Cattle Show Ring.
6 p.m.: Cow-Milking Contest with Essex County Board of Supervisors; Dog Agility Demo in Conservation Area; and Street Legal Truck Pull at Gordon Oil Grandstand.
7 p.m.: 4-H Dog Show at Conservation Area; and Master Hypnotist Michael Blaine Show.