Mark Your Calendars for August 5-10, 2019

Carnival rides, fun food, and animals ( lots and lots of animals) are just a bit of what you will find at the Kent County Youth Fair a summer highlight for many area families.

Held at the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, the fair will be Aug. 5 – 10 and is sure to have something for everyone.

As residents of Lowell (we live close enough to smell the fair from our front yard), my family has gone every year for about 12 years. My children experienced their first carnival rides, ate their first cotton candy, and petted (and disinfected their hands afterward) innumerable KCYF animals throughout the years.

Area Youth are the Centerpiece of the Kent County Youth Fair

The really neat thing about this fair is that so much of it is geared toward and done by youth with the goal of building confidence and having fun .

Kids raise and show their animals, perform on stage, and help serve fairgoers throughout the week.

“It’s all about the kids and families ,” said Bruce Doll, KCYF vice president and sponsorship/entertainment coordinator.

“We pride ourselves on being a family fair where a family can go and have a good time and not spend a fortune.”

Doll said nighttime entertainment is free as are most side shows and activities, including a petting zoo. New to the fair this year is a lumberjack competition and a Princess Tea Party.

This Fair is Loaded with Family Fun

With a different theme each day and live entertainment every evening, a day at the fair will be a jam-packed day to remember.

The Days’ Themes Have Something for Everyone

Heroes’ Day   | Monday, Aug. 5

Active military, veterans, police officers, fire fighters, and first responders can show their identification and receive free parking all day. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department will teach an off-road safety class, and there will be an antique tractor pull. The evening entertainment will feature a kids’ talent show . Kids can get more information on how to sign up for the talent show here.

Ag Adventure Day  | Tuesday, Aug. 6

Learn about farming in the hands-on agricultural learning barn. Kids can earn “Free Trade” cards to redeem for a t-shirt. There will be classes on boating safety and “Finance 101 for Kids.” In the evening there will be a kids performing arts show that will include a panel of judges and prizes, and also a country band.

Reading for Rides Day  |  Wednesday, Aug. 7

Kids can earn free carnival rides by reading – parents can download a KCYF reading form from the website and turn it in for free rides from noon until 4PM. My kids do this every year, and it is a great way to try several rides without spending a bunch of money. All you have to do is pay for parking and line up to receive your ride bracelets. There is also a book exchange where kids can turn in no-longer-wanted children’s books for others. The evening’s entertainment will be a country band performing a “story through time” of country music, and there will be a horse pull contest.

Auction Day  | Thursday, Aug. 8

A definite highlight for fairgoers is the excitement of the livestock auction throughout the day. Also, watch the Lowell Area Fire Department do an extrication demonstration on the fairgrounds. Kids can participate in a Ninja Gym competition with 8 – 9 skills including wall climbing. A country singer will round out the evening’s entertainment.

Handicapable Day  | Friday, Aug. 9

Visitors with special needs are invited to a complimentary lunch, free parking, and an opportunity to enjoy the carnival rides. The lunch is free, but guests do need to preregister. Then enjoy an evening of country karaoke and line dancing.

Kids’ Day | Saturday, Aug. 10

Saturday is the busiest day of the fair and is packed with activities. Some of the highlights include: kids’ still exhibition auction where their artwork is bidded on and sold, Princess Tea with the KCYF Royal Court, tractor square dancing, disc golf, kids’ tractor pull, photo booth, clown show, and FREE ice cream for kids. A classic rock/country band will end the final evening with live entertainment.

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