BY TOM BUSSELBERG
FARMINGTON – If you want the chance to see an elephant up close, just come to the Davis County Fair, Aug. 14-17.
The annual fair, themed “It’s Elefun!” for 2013, is at the Legacy Events Center in western Farmington. It will feature Asian elephants weighing in at about 9,000 pounds, or four-and-a-half tons.
Fairgoers can see the elephants in action during four daily shows. If you want to ride an elephant, you can do so for $8.
The popular American Diving Dogs will also be returning. Four competitions will be staged each day.
American Legion Post 27 of Farmington will put on a flag retirement and military tribute on Aug. 15 at 8:30 p.m. It will dispose of hundreds of flags no longer worthy to be flown in what is billed as a solemn and spectacular ceremony.
The Davis Clipper Main Stage will vibrate with entertainment throughout the fair.
Other activities include a K-12 Science Discovery Tent where kids can meet snakes, spiders, birds and turtles, and the Horizon Credit Union Creative Corner, offering hands-on music, puzzles, sandboxes and a chance to meet Rainbow and Cojo, the fair clowns. Mountain America Credit Union will again offer free pony rides.
The Demolition Derby returns Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
The PRCA Rodeo is set for Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. General admission is $9 in advance, $10 at the door, and reserved sets are $10 or $12 at the door. VIP seating is $13 in advance or $15 at the door.
Top contestants in baking the tastiest pie or growing the best roses, and a lot more, will have their goods on display. Exhibits will be set up for Living Arts and Seniors, Floriculture & Horticulture, Photography, Rabbit and Cavy animals and Pee Wee Goats.
Members of 4-H will also show off their entries.
In addition, there will be a junior rodeo, horse show, barrel races, roping, a Dutch oven cook-off, Davis County Walks 5K, the Davis Hospital Baby Show, pie eating contests, a Rockin E Country Store pet show and mutton busting.
“I think the best part of the fair is that it’s such a family-oriented event,” said County Commission Chairman John Petroff. “There’s nothing we do there that wouldn’t be appropriate for every family member.”
He expressed particular interest in the elephants, saying that “you see them on TV, but until you’re around them, you don’t realize how amazing they are.”
For more information, see the special section in this week’s paper or visit davisfair.org.