Press-Republican

June 17, 2013

Franklin County Fair plans for big grandstand crowds

More track seating added

By JOHN GREEN, Contributing Writer
Press-Republican

---- — MALONE — With well-known acts such as country music superstar Vince Gill and the Little River Band headlining the grandstand entertainment for this year’s Franklin County Fair, turnout is expected to be high.

The 163rd edition of the fair runs Aug. 3 to 11. Tickets for grandstand concerts are already on sale.

“We expect, if we have the weather, that we’ll have a better year (than last),” said Pat Maneely, secretary of the Franklin County Agricultural Society Board of Directors. “Vince Gill, I mean we’ve had people call from all over the state that want to come to see him. He’s a big name.” 

Since the fair staff figures they will have large crowds for the headline concerts, the number of track seats that are available for those two shows has been expanded. In addition to the grandstand seating, there will be 1,080 track seats for the Vince Gill concert and 1,020 track seats for the Little River Band concert.

Aside from the two concerts, there are other grandstand events that are sure to attract big crowds, as well. These events include tractor and truck pulls, Tony Peterson Hell Drivers daredevil show, a hometown parade, the Franklin County Has Talent Show, the Painted Pony Rodeo, horse harness racing and the demolition derby.

Demolition derby entries will be taken at the Franklin County Fair office starting today and running through July 26. The cost to enter is $30, and anyone who is 16 or older and has a valid driver’s permit can join in the bone-jarring fun. Everyone who enters is required to fill out an entry form and sign a release waiver. However, 16- and 17-year-old drivers must also have permission from a legal guardian. For the derby, there is a two-car limit per person for each night of the competition.

In addition to grandstand events, the fair will offer rides, games, plenty of food and a variety of animal judging competition. In fact, the Franklin County Fair has about 600 cattle in the barns every year, along with horses, goats, chickens and many other animals.

“We attract over 70,000 people (each year). We have great entertainment at a cheap price (and) we have a little bit of something for everyone,” she said. 

Here is the complete list of the days and times that each grandstand event will take place:

Saturday, Aug. 3: The elimination round of the demolition derby, which will be put on by Total Destruction Demo Productions for the second straight year, kicks off at 5 p.m. 

Fair admission is $10 and includes a grandstand-bleacher seat.

Sunday, Aug. 4: The Adirondack Tractor Pullers tractor and modified-truck pull will begin at 2 p.m.

Fair admission is $10 and includes a grandstand-bleacher seat.

Monday, Aug. 5: The championship round of the demolition derby starts at 6 p.m.

Fair admission is $10 and includes a grandstand-bleacher seat.

Tuesday, Aug. 6: The Antique-tractor, enhanced tractor and street-legal truck pull will start things off at 6 p.m.

Fair admission is $10 and includes a grandstand-bleacher seat.

Wednesday, Aug. 7: Horse harness races begin at 1 p.m. and then the Tony Peterson Hell Drivers daredevil show will take over and wow the crowd with spectacular stunts at 7:30 p.m.

Fair admission is $10 and includes a grandstand-bleacher seat.

Thursday, Aug. 8: Horse harness races begin at 1 p.m. Later in the day, come join everyone to watch the hometown parade at 6 p.m. and then the Franklin County Has Talent Show at 7 p.m.

Fair admission is $10 and includes a grandstand-bleacher seat.

Friday, Aug. 9: Horse harness races begin at 1 p.m. Then, country music superstar Vince Gill will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Gill, who has been a solo artist since 1983, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and is considered as one of the greatest singer/songwriters in country music history. Some of his greatest hits include “I Still Believe in You,” “Look at Us,” and “When I Call Your Name.”

Fair admission is $15, and track seats are an additional $20.

Saturday, Aug. 10: The Australian rock band known as the Little River Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. The band, which formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1975, is best known for their hits during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Some of those hits include “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” and “Cool Change.”

Fair admission is $15, and track seats are an additional $15.

Sunday, Aug.11: The Painted Pony Championship Rodeo will be in Malone for the last day of the fair. The rodeo, which provides plenty of fun and family-oriented entertainment, will start at 4 p.m.

Fair Admission is $10 and includes a grandstand-bleacher seat.

In addition to selling track seat tickets, the Franklin County Fair office is also selling season tickets for $50 and ride tickets at a reduced price of $10 per sheet. Season tickets include admission into the fair and a grandstand-bleacher seat for all nine days. For more information, call the fair office at 483-0720.

Email John Green at:jgree008@plattsburgh.edu