The 113th annual Stephens County Free Fair is just days a way from bringing tasty food, fun contests, the carnival and numerous shows to the area.
This year’s Free Fair is scheduled for Aug. 19-22 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds and follows the crowning of this year’s Free Fair Queens, who received their crowns on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Even with COVID-19 bearing down on Oklahoma, this year’s Free Fair lineup is packed.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, Aug. 18 will allow for entrance of 4-H, horticulture, textile and sciences from noon to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 will open for judging of exhibits.
Thursday will feature exhibits and the trade show from 1-9 p.m. and the carnival is slated to open at 6 p.m.
On Friday, the trade show will last all day, spanning from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The carnival will open for the second night at 6 p.m. The same night will feature the poultry show, which will also kick off at 6 p.m., followed by the rodeo which is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The F&F Rodeo Finals and Open Rodeo are slated for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Express Clydesdales will remain on display and will perform during the rodeo. There will also be the introduction of the Fair Pageant Queens at the beginning of the rodeo and the Sweethearts of the Rodeo will perform during the rodeo.
The livestock shows and other events are as follows:
• 8 a.m., swine show
• 10 a.m., cattle show
• 10 a.m., pedal tractor pull
• 10 a.m., sheep show
• 3-5 p.m., gospel singing
• 4 p.m., carnival opens
• 8 p.m., rodeo
Food at the Fair
Fair food is always the best food.
This year’s food at the fair will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and supper from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday of the Free Fair while also allowing purchase of homemade pie by the slice.
Friday’s lunch will feature chicken strips by Comanche Homemakers and the dinner will feature hamburgers from the Stephens County Livestock Growers.
Saturday’s lunch will feature Indian tacos by Stephens County 4-H and dinner will feature chicken spaghetti from the Empire Ag Boosters.
Compete for Ribbons and Prizes
Entries are open to any Stephens County resident. There’ll be 4-H and Open Class exhibits on everything from honey to photography, classic needlework, crafts and horticulture. So join in and take part in some of the competitions. Share your talents and collect your own ribbons and awards.
Entry information and a listing of competitive classes are available in the 2020 Stephens County Free Fair book. Fair books and a complete schedule of events are available at the Stephens County Extension Office and Stephens County Fair & Expo Office located on the fairgrounds at 2002 S. 13th St
• Artist of all ages share their talents by showcasing their paintings with classes for oil, acrylic and watercolor. Drawings with pen and ink as well as graphite pencil and pastel are exhibited as well. The Mixed Media class is open to works in charcoal, collage, string art, scissor art, etc.
• Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter their best single images into the open completion. The photography contest has grown to be one of the most popular contests at the County Fair. Photos are judged on their artistic perspectives of composition and design. Check out all the classes to enter on Pages 16-18 of the Open Class Fair Book. Entries are taken from noon-7 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020.
• Do you or a family member make the best Salsa, Jam or Jelly? Bring your best home canned food entries to compete for blue ribbons in the Food Preservation Division. Details are found on pages 27-29 of the fair book.
• Don’t miss the Pie Show. “Best Pie and Best Pie Baker” are the most exciting titles awarded during the Stephens County Fair Pie Show. The homemade pie contest is held on Friday, Aug. 21. Judging begins promptly at 3 pm. Entries accepted between 2-3 p.m. on the stage of Territory Hall. Pies are judged on flavor, texture of crust and filling, and general appearance. A copy of each recipe is required for judging. See page 24 of the 2020 Open Class Fair Book for classes and more information. Bring your best pie to compete for the title of Best Pie Baker. Aprons are awarded to Best Pie and Best Pie Maker in both youth and adult divisions. The judging of the pie competition is open to the public and all are invited to watch and hear the judge’s comments.
There are many categories to enter and something for everyone to enjoy at the Stephens County Fair. For more information about the Stephens County Free Fair, contact the Extension office at 580-255-0510.