By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
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Gates will open at 8 a.m. and buildings at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds at 1608 W. 16th St. in Port Angeles, with the carnival beginning at noon each day.
Buildings and exhibits will close at 9 p.m., and the carnival ends at 10 p.m. Saturday. The fair ends at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Here is a schedule of activities:
■ 10 a.m. — Happy Soles, Wilder Stage.
■ 11 a.m. — Olympic Peninsula Men's Chorus, Sunny Farms Center Stage; Olympic Mountain Cloggers, Wilder Stage.
■ 11:30 a.m. — Cap'n Arrr, KidZone Stage.
■ Noon — Logging Show, Grandstand; Grand Olympics Chorus, Sunny Farms Center Stage; Guardian Elephants concert, Wilder Stage.
■ 1 p.m. — Clallam County Junior Livestock Auction, swine arena; Aspire Academy, Sunny Farms Center Stage; Cap'n Arrr, KidZone Stage.
■ 2 p.m. — The Fabulous Hayshakers, Wilder Stage.
■ 3 p.m. — Roberto the Magnificent, Sunny Farms Center Stage; Cap'n Arrr, KidZone Stage.
■ 4 p.m. — Jessica Lynne Band, Wilder Stage.
■ 5 p.m. — Rodeo, Grandstand; Guardian Elephant, Sunny Farms Center Stage; Cap'n Arrr, KidZone Stage.
■ 6 p.m. — Vibratones Reunion, Wilder Stage.
■ 7 p.m. — Roberto the Magnificent, Sunny Farms Center Stage; Cap'n Arrr, KidZone Stage.
■ 8 p.m. — Jessica Lynne Band, Wilder Stage.
■ 10:30 a.m. — Tom Taylor, Sunny Farms Center Stage.
■ 11:30 a.m. — Young Fiddlers, Sunny Farms Center Stage.
■ Noon — Rodeo, Grandstand; Witherow, Wilder Stage.
■ 1 p.m. — Dean Ratzman, Sunny Farms Center Stage.
■ 2 p.m. — Fourth annual Variety and Talent Show, Wilder Stage.
■ 4 p.m. — Strait Wheelers, Sunny Farms Center Stage.
■ 5 p.m. — Demolition Derby, Grandstand.
■ 5:30 p.m. — Below the Smile, Wilder Stage.
Peninsula Daily News
By Sunday, fair manager Shari Ioffrida expects more than 28,000 people to have walked through the gates at the fairgrounds at 1608 W. 16th St., next to Lincoln Park and William R. Fairchild International Airport.
The four-day fair opened Thursday, and "we have more exhibitors and more exhibits this year,” Ioffrida said.
She said the flower show in particular is full of spectacular blooms, and there are more animal entries than in past years.
“They've told me it was a good growing year,” she said.
The gates open at 8:30 a.m., buildings open at 10 a.m., and the carnival cranks up at noon.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for youths ages 13-17 and seniors 62 or older, and $5 for children ages 5-12.
Children 5 or younger attend for free with adult admission.
Buildings and exhibits close at 9 p.m., and the carnival ends at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The fair ends at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The 2014 theme is “Race Ewe to the Fair.”
Reigning over the fair are Queen Mia Steben and Princesses Hannah Fritz and Hannah Gauthun.
Grandstand shows culminate in the Demolition Derby at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Derby tickets are $11 each and will be sold beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds' yellow gate.
Fair admission must be paid in addition to derby entrance.
Derby organizer Jessica Little said she doesn't yet know how many cars will be entered in the derby — most of which are registered Sunday — but does think there will be an increase in entries from previous years, including both local cars and those coming from out of town.
“We've upped our payouts this year,” Little said.
Logging show on Saturday
Saturday's big features are the Logging Show and the Pro West Rodeo.
The Logging Show, which begins at noon, pits loggers — and those who think they can log — against each other in traditional tasks for prizes and pride.
Broncs, bulls and roping steers will challenge a host of cowboys and cowgirls at the Pro West Rodeo beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday night.
The rodeo will continue at noon Sunday.
Demonstrations are planned at buildings throughout the fair.
The Home Arts Building will host a train exhibit by the North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders, cribbage games and crafts demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From noon to 6 p.m. each day, the Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishers will offer fly-tying demonstrations.
At the Exposition Hall, 4-H still-life demonstrations are planned, and the Art Barn will be the site of art demonstrations.
In the Agriculture Barn, beekeepers will show how to extract honey from hives, and other demonstrations are planned by Master Gardeners and lavender farmers.
The 4-H Dog Drill Team will show off its skills in the dog arena at 6 p.m. Saturday.
In the Rabbit Barn on Saturday and Sunday, the use of rabbits will be addressed at 11 a.m., rabbit care will be demonstrated at 1 p.m. and care of sick rabbits at 3 p.m.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.