Clayton County Fair is Aug. 2-8 in National

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Livestock showing, along with live entertainment, carnival rides, good food and exhibits, will offer something for the whole family at the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 3-8 in National. (NIT file photo)

From live entertainment and carnival rides to livestock showing and good food, the 162nd annual Clayton County Fair, held Aug. 2-8 in National, offers something for the whole family.

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 3,302 exhibits this year, according to Tammy Muller, county 4-H and youth program coordinator. Entries are up in the breeding beef, swine, sheep, horse, meat goat, dog, rabbit and Clover Kids divisions.

The 4-H exhibit hall, featuring projects ranging from art to engineering, will be open to viewers Thursday through Sunday, beginning at noon.

A new feature at this year’s fair is the Little Piglet Show, which will take place in the small arena on Sunday, Aug. 7, following the Kiddie Calf Dairy and Beef Shows. The dairy show commences first, at noon.

For a complete listing of livestock showing times, please visit

Fair activities will get in full swing Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the flag-raising ceremony and crowning of the 2016 fair queen at 6:30 p.m. The 4-H Style Show and Share the Fun Show will follow at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the evening’s entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the first skid loader rodeo, which will test individuals’ skills as he/she operates through an obstacle.

At 7:30 p.m., country duo the Bellamy Brothers will take the grandstand stage.

Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m., country superstar Terri Clark will entertain fair-goers on the grandstand stage.

Saturday’s activities include a kiddie tractor pull at 1 p.m. The demolition derby will also get underway at that time. At 5 p.m., head to the grandstands to watch the stick pony rodeo, followed by the Clayton County Bull Bash at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 7,  the truck and tractor pull kicks off at 11 a.m. Kids can take part in the Youth Olympics, held in the large arena, at 2:30 p.m. Celebrity donkey races, which will take place at the grandstands at 5 p.m., will leave you laughing.

Enjoy free carnival rides throughout the fair, beginning Wednesday evening. The midway is operated by Amusement Associates, LLC, and consists of 10 to 12 rides plus games and concessions. All games, concessions and the mechanical bull will require payment.

The commercial exhibit hall will be open daily at noon, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 4.

For a more detailed Clayton County Fair schedule and additional information about the events and entertainment, please go to or check the “Clayton County Fair” Facebook page.

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