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August 31, 2013

Pittsburg County Free Fair kicks off on Tuesday

McALESTER —

More than 2,500 different exhibits, carnival rides, and a horse show, chili cook-off and magic show are just a few of the attractions that will be at the Pittsburg County Free Fair which starts Tuesday and ends Saturday.

The fair showcases 4-H and FFA exhibits including livestock, art, photography and others as well as exhibits from the public in the Open Class Division, which includes cake decorating, pie making, quilting, knitting, crochet, leisure and cultural arts divisions — which include paintings drawings and ceramics — and horticulture.

The Pittsburg County Free Fair will be open to the public Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday. There is no charge for admission.

Pittsburg County residents who aren’t involved in 4-H or FFA but want to compete in the Open Class are encouraged to bring their entries to the Southeast Expo Center, site of the annual county fair, on Tuesday between noon and 7 p.m., according to LaDell Emmons of the Oklahoma State University Extension Center.

She said exhibits will be judged on Wednesday and will be displayed from Thursday at 8 a.m. through noon Saturday, when they will be available for pick-up.

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights the Annual Horse Show starts at 6 p.m. The show features timed events, barrels, poles and stakes on Tuesday and Performance Classes, Halter and Western Classes on Wednesday.

Two new competitions this year will be the Wilton Decorated Cake Division and the Ball Fresh Preserving Award. The Ball Adult and Youth Food Preservation divisions will be judging the best entries in fruit, vegetable, pickle and soft spread categories. First- and second-place awards will be given to individuals in each category. Wilton Cakes will have awards for adult and youth divisions in decorated cakes and cupcakes.

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