|File photo. Fans give a
standing welcome to the Beach Boys during a concert at last year’s Wood County Fair. (Photo: Enoch
Something will be missing from the Wood County Fair this summer – a headline concert. In its place will
be a monster truck show.
The entertainment committee announced at Thursday night’s meeting of the Senior Fair Board that the
primary acts they were seeking for the annual Saturday night concert at the fair were unavailable. Other
acts which were available were either too expensive or not what the committee was seeking.
The Aug. 2 headline show will be Monster Truck Throwdown, based out of Iota, Mich. Tickets for the show
will be $12 for those 11 and older; with the younger set admitted for $6.
Fair manager Dick King said the show will be held on the pulling track in the infield. There will be 150
yards of dirt trucked in to provide hills, along with other obstacles for the show.
Further details will be provided at a later date, but King indicated there will be at least six monster
trucks in the show.
Two hours prior to the show, the drivers will be available for people in a "meet and greet"
which will be free and allow the public to meet the drivers and take pictures up close with the trucks.
On Aug. 1 fair organizers will debut ATV/truck racing in front of the grandstands. Cost for the event
will be $5, and pit passes will be $10 for those races.
There will also be a calf scramble held at the Horse Show Arena during the fair.
Throughout the week there will be a bear act and a petting zoo.
The Free Tent will be moved again and adopt a new moniker. The newly named Entertainment Tent will be
moved from its most recent location between the Annex and Administration buildings and will make its new
home further west on the other side of the restrooms and beyond the second entrance to the grandstands.
That area will also house exhibits of additional farm equipment and vendors.
This is part of the fair board’s ongoing goal to expand the area used at the fairgrounds and to minimize
Members of the Junior Fair Board will have a drawing canvas at the fair and will also encourage
exhibitors to donate premiums won toward the ongoing fund which is holding investments for the eventual
construction of a new exhibition barn to replace the aging beef and swine barns and complex.