FARMINGTON – Five black bears are going to invade the Davis County Fair Aug. 13-16 at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington.
They’ll be family friendly, emphasized Legacy Events Center Director Dave Hansen. The bears will be featured as this year’s ongoing free big family-friendly exhibit and program.
“Two of the bears weigh in at a whopping 500 pounds,” he said. “They provide an all-day display each day of the fair as well as three educational shows each day.”
The Davis County Commission approved an $8,000 contract for the Great Bear Show in its Tuesday, Jan. 21 meeting.
The show has been going on for 37 years and is reportedly the oldest and longest-running wild animal educational show in the nation, material from the group’s website said.
Most of the bears in the show were orphaned cubs who would not survive in the wild. When orphaned cubs are found by the Texas State Fish and Wildlife agencies or the USDA locates unlicensed bear owners, the bear show is often contacted to find homes.
The show takes the orphaned bears in, trains them to be able to be handled safely and tries to find them good homes at licensed facilities, the information said.
Some of the bears are taken to fairs and other events.
Bears are one of the few species that cannot be rehabilitated back into the wild. Once they’ve made any human contact, they lose their fear and realize humans are an easy source of food.
The Great Bear Shows provides safety, food and medical care.
The show and admission to the fair are free. For more information on the fair, visit www.davisfair.com.