In its 99th year, the Ottawa County Free Fair runs Aug. 17-25 at the Miami Fairgrounds, 1129 E St. SW, and will again feature an exciting assortment of exhibits, Grandstand shows, and vendors along with annual livestock showings, the carnival, and Premium Sale.

MIAMI — From kettle corn to tractor pulls, livestock to fine art, there is something for everyone at the annual Ottawa County Fair kicking off this weekend in Miami.

In its 99th year, the Ottawa County Free Fair runs Aug. 17-25 at the Miami Fairgrounds, 1129 E St. SW, and will again feature an exciting assortment of exhibits, Grandstand shows, and vendors along with annual livestock showings, the carnival, and Premium Sale.

The fun begins with a Tractor Pull at the Fairgrounds Grandstand Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 with Pit Passes set at $15. Kids 8 and under are free.

Other Grandstand special events this year will include the Horse Pull Thursday, Aug. 24 and Demolition Derby Saturday, Aug. 25, both at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 18 from 7 to 9 a.m. are entries for FFA, 4-H, OCHE and open classes inside the Exhibition Building.

At 9 a.m. youth members of FFA and 4-H will compete in a tractor driving contest in the parking lot west of the building. Just one of many events during the fair where local youth and community members will be able to showcase some of their best skills and projects.

"The fair is always an exciting time for the kids to show off their projects and all they have been working on," said Courtney May, extension educator for agriculture, 4-H, and youth development at the Ottawa County OSU Extension Office.

Open class categories this year again include:

Open Class Crops & Horticulture Open Class Food Preparation Open Class Food Preservation Open Class Flowers/Plants Open Class Fine Arts Open Class Household Arts

These departments are open to all residents of Ottawa County and exhibitors of any age may enter in these categories. An exhibitor may only enter one item per class in all open departments.

Every exhibitor must have an exhibitor number before entries can be placed. Participants who have not already obtained an exhibitor number and entry tags from the OSU Extension Office prior to the fair may do so at the Fair Board Office inside the Exhibition Building during entry times.

New check-in times for indoor exhibits are Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, August 20 from 7 to 9 a.m.

The Exhibition Building will be open Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. Extended hours are set for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Senior Citizen and Kid’s Day and on the last day of the fair Saturday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 9 p.m.

Hundreds of exhibitors are expected again this year with lots of new vendors to experience.

"There is something for everyone," said May. "It's a great time, and we encourage the community to come out and enjoy it."

This year the carnival opens nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 25 with rides and attractions for the whole family. Wristbands are $28 a person, per night.

Premium Sale events will take place Friday, Aug. 24 beginning with a mandatory meeting for all sale exhibitors at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Premium Sale Dinner and Awards Presentation at 5 p.m.

The 2018 Premium sale starts at 7 p.m. in the Show Arena.

Livestock events are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 18

Dog Show – 11 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19

Horse Show (NEO College Arena) – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Poultry and Rabbit Judging – 8:30 a.m.

Swine Show – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Sheep and Goat Show -5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug 23

Beef Show – 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24

Premium Sale – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Livestock Judging Contest – 9 a.m.

Youth Cattle Fitting – 11 a.m.

Dairy Goat and Cow – 2 p.m.

Under 8 Poultry and Rabbit – 5:30 p.m.

Bucket Animal Show – 6 p.m.

Super Showmanship Contest – 8 p.m.

View the complete 2018 Ottawa County Free Fair schedule here (pdf).

Official entry processes, competition rules, and fair divisions are available in the 2018 Fair Book online at http://oces.okstate.edu/ottawa/county-fair.

For more information about the annual Ottawa County Free Fair or agricultural resources, contact the Ottawa County OSU Extension Office at 918-542-1688 or 123 E. Central, Suite 101 inside the Ottawa County Courthouse Annex in Miami.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor of the Miami News-Record. Email her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.