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This is not the first time the fair has tried to bring Daniels in for a concert, Brummett said, noting their schedules never worked out. Brummett said he expects the night of the concert to be “pretty big” in terms of attendance.

Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc. which puts on the fair each year, said Daniels’ concert and its contribution to the Joseph’s Storehouse is a “win-win for our whole community.” 

The cost of admission for the fair will be increased by $1 on the night of the Daniels concert with the additional funds going to the Joseph’s Storehouse. Also, donations to the food ministry including canned or non-perishable foods will be accepted at every entrance gate.

The Fair will feature its first Sheep and Cattle Dog Trial event that is officially sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handlers Association. Organized by Carol Leeman, the trials include a cattle dog portion this year for the first time.

Leeman typically puts on demonstrations four to six times a year at the Ward Ag Center.  The Trials and Demonstrations put dogs and their owners through simulated real world livestock working situations. Leeman said they have received “quite a few” entries and that entries are “about equal” for both the sheep and cattle portions.

The sheep dog trials take place on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. The cattle portion takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. All trial events are located within the covered arena. Sheep dog demonstrations take place each Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 and 7:15, just inside the Purple gate near the farm equipment.

The all new Ag-Venture Experience located in the Pop Smart Livestock Barn promises to provide an educational experience for children and adults alike. The new exhibit is “the real story of agriculture,” Moss said.

Made possible by the Tractor Supply Company, the Ag-Venture Experience will give visitors a hands-on experience in understanding how crops are grown and used in food and other consumer products.

Brummett indicated there is a “growing interest” in these agricultural exhibits among young people, and the event will give children a chance to “plant seeds and dig around in the dirt.”

The Experience also includes daily performances by storyteller Larry Kelley. The Ag-Venture Experience runs all week with special kids’ contests on Aug. 14 and 21, including toy tractor pulls, stick horse races and other games.

The traveling Prierfert Percherons make their way to the Wilson County Fair this year for the first time. Percherons are a breed of draft horse, much like the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The team of Percherons is owned by Prierfert Ranch Equipment, an agriculture manufacturing company in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Each day, the team will be hitched up and will travel around the fair grounds for everyone to see.

The horses will also be on exhibit in their stalls every day in the covered arena, and on Aug. 18-21 at 7 p.m., the team will showcase their unique performances inside the covered arena. There will be two shows on Saturdays at 3 and 7 p.m.

The Prierfert Percherons exemplify an effort “to keep animals involved in the fair” by Wilson County Promotions, Inc., Moss added.

Located within Fiddler’s Grove, a new All About Dogs tent will be set up, sponsored by Nutro. The events each night include demonstrations of bomb-sniffing German Shepherds, 50 exotic breeds of dogs presented by the National Kennel Club, 4-H obedience and dog agility competitions.

Local veterinarians, Drs. Mike Harris, Phillip Kinslow and Josh Duvall will participate in the event, providing information to pet-owners about their pets and how to care for them. Nutro will also be present to give visitors nutritional information for your dog.

“I hope people will learn more about how to take care of their dogs,” said Hettie Lee Richerson, chairperson of the All About Dogs tent. Richerson said she also hoped the tent will help visitors in choosing the right breed of dog for their own pet. To further that end, New Leash on Life will bring dogs that are available for adoption.

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