Good Times: Cleveland County Free Fair Provides Plenty of Family Fun

The 106th annual Cleveland County Free Fair was held September 5th-8th, 2013, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman, Oklahoma. The Free Fair included educational displays, contests, and garden tours, as well as livestock exhibits, a children’s petting zoo, and a carnival. Oklahoma Home Community and Education (OHCE) group members worked the Indian taco stand and concessions at the fair to raise scholarship money. OHCE gives $1,500 each year to three high school seniors from the money raised during the fair. Contests at the 2013 Cleveland County Free Fair included a Baby Crawl, Stick Horse Race, and Battle of the Cake and Cupcake Wars. Awards were given for winning entries in traditional fair contests such as bread baking, arts and crafts, and home economics. Free Fair events this year included hay rides, kiddy tractor rides, Poor Boy’s Goat Roping, a tractor parade, and tractor pulls. Pony rides and a petting zoo were available all four days of the fair. Live music was provided by Bethel Baptist Church, Justin Fox Band, Clancy Davis Band, Blue Trixter, Graystone Bluegrass Revival, and many others. Livestock exhibiting and judging began Thursday evening with a dairy goat show, continued Friday with a meat goat show as well as poultry, sheep, and dairy cattle. Livestock exhibitions wrapped by Saturday evening with a swine show, 4H and FFA Show Judging, and a beef show. The Carnival and Midway offered games and rides from morning until night Thursday through Sunday. While the Cleveland County Free Fair has been around for over a century, the current fairground site at 615 E. Robinson has been home to the Free Fair only since 1947. This is the first year the fair has run through Sunday.

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