Wow oh wow! It's that time again, The Barnstable County Fair on Cape Cod begins July 16 and runs through July 23 at the County Fairgrounds, Rte 151, East Falmouth. The shows, which are included in the price of admission, will feature the Gin Blossoms on July 16, Paul Revere and the Raiders on July 22, Thompson Square on July 17 and for you American Idol fans out there
Crystal Bowersox on July 23. Of course the midway rides (they were already building the coaster ride last week when I drove by), a demolition derby and monster trucks make the fair fun and exciting for every age!
So you want to be a star? The fair is hosting the finals for Cape Cod Summer Star on July 21, and if you want to be part of the contest then get your self down to Hyannis’s Fresh Ketch Restaurant and Lounge on the evening of Friday July 15, for the last chance to try out with 106 WCOD-FM. If you are under 21 then go to WCOD’s Facebook page and search on Cap Cod Summer Star to upload a video of yourself singing.
Besides the rides, the shows and the candy apples (of course they have candy apples!), the fairs has a wide variety of exhibits and vendors. This is a true county fair with 4-H members showing off their livestock, horse riders demonstrating their abilities, gardeners entering their best flowers, fruits and vegetables to win ribbons and bragging rights. They have a great Birds of Prey demonstration every day and this year there will be Sea Lion Splash which is a traveling educational show of beached sea lions that because of injury or age could not be returned to the wild.
Don't forget to bring a little extra money with you to buy some great items from vendors selling everything from kitchenware to jewelry. The is plenty to eat (not just the candy apples) and besides the many commercial vendors there are several local non-profit organizations who serve great meals all day. The fresh squeezed lemonade that made right in front of you is a favorite every year.
The fair opens at noon on July 16 and the fair hours are noon to 10 p.m. each day. The midway will remain open until 11:30 p.m. According to their recent press release General admission is $10 for people 13 and older. Admission for kids 6-12 is $2, and those five and younger get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. Seniors (65 and older) and those with a current military ID will be admitted for $8. Click here for directions.