Celebrating 80 years at the Kent County Youth Fair

LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) It’s all about food, animals, and rides when the 80th annual Kent County Youth Fair comes to Lowell on August 4 through 9.

The theme of the 2014 Kent County Youth Fair is “Go Hog Wild!” The fair is pulling out all of the stops for its 80th year, adding a great line-up of events including a team tractor pull, princess tea party, dodge ball tournament, and opening night birthday party.

The fair always has great programming at no cost to families. “Reading for Rides” returns this year, but with a twist. Kids are encouraged to bring gently used books to exchange for new books. There is also an off-road safety class and a boating safety class. The fair works hard to make it accessible for all people, with “Handi-capable Day” on August 8. You can register online for that event.

Guests can expect all of the typical fair animals like chickens, horses, pigs, sheep, and goats. For the first time ever, alpacas will also be shown at the fair!

The long and cold winter was hard on the fairgrounds. Luckily, they were able to partner with the Lowe’s Heroes program to make significant improvements this year. The program provides Lowe’s employees with an opportunity each year to go out in the community and volunteer their time to assist others.

The Kent County Youth Fair begins Monday, August 4 and runs through August 9. It’s open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is no gate or admission fee. Parking is $6 daily or $18 for the week. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Kent County Youth Fair website.

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