To that end, season passes for this year’s fair, Aug. 10-15, are now on sale at various businesses around the county. Cost of the pass is $25 and includes admission to the fairgrounds for all six days of the exposition.
Carnival rides are not included in the cost of a season pass, but those who have a season pass can purchase a daily ride stamp for $5 if they wish to ride. General admission tickets are $7 Monday through Thursday, and $8 Friday and Saturday, and includes the carnival rides.
Season passes can be purchased in the Point Pleasant area at the Cooperative Extension Office, Foodland, Fruth Pharmacy, Southern States, Peoples Bank-Main Street Branch, Peoples Bank-North Branch, BB&T, Ohio Valley Bank, Farmers Bank, City National Bank and S&S Food Mart.
In the Mason area, season passes can be purchased at Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Farmers Bank and City National Bank, and in the New Haven area, at Health Aid Pharmacy, Vines & Roses and City National Bank.
Passes are also available at Yauger’s Farm Supply in Southside, and at Sassafras Tire in West Columbia.
The 2009 fair opens Monday, Aug. 10 at 9 a.m.
Activities for Monday include judging at 9 a.m., the Youth 4-H Horse Show at 10:30 a.m., greasy pole at noon and 9:30 p.m. (after the pig show), corn hole at 2 p.m.. Mason County Idol at 3 p.m., the Jason Eades Memorial Scholarship Award at 4:45 p.m., market hog showmanship (followed by the market hog show) at 5 p.m., Little Miss and Mr. Mason County on the Main Stage at 5 p.m., the junior market hog show at 5 p.m., ATV motocross at 7 p.m., fair dedication at 7 p.m., and the fair queen contest at 8 p.m., including presentation of the Annette Hanes Award, the Amy Boggs Award and the Brandy Barkey Community Service Award.
On Tuesday, things get started with the pet parade at 9:15 a.m., the junior dairy goat show (followed by the market goat show), 11 a.m.; egg toss, noon; CEOS demonstration, 1 and 2 p.m.; corn hole, 2 p.m.; Mason County Fair Idol, 3 p.m.; Bo Rickard Youth in Gospel Music, 4 p.m.; Harry Rhodes Gospel Sing, 5 p.m.; Point Pleasant High School band concert, 5:45 p.m.; 4-H Scholarship awards, 5:45 p.m.; antique tractor pull, 6 p.m.; market lamb show and special lamb show, 6 p.m.; Eternity on the Main Stage at 8 p.m., followed by The Hinsons at 9 p.m.; and a banana eating contest at 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s slate includes a pie eating contest at 9 a.m.; treasure hunt at 10 a.m.; hay bail toss at noon; corn hole at 2 p.m.; Mason County Fair Idol at 3 p.m.; open sheep show at 3 p.m.; Wahama High School band concert at 5:30 p.m.; commercial feeder calf show at 6 p.m.; Ohio River Dance at 6:30 p.m.; 4-H Leader Memorial Award and demolition derby, both at 7 p.m.; Randy Houser on the Main Stage at 9 p.m.; and a potato sack race at 9:30 p.m.
Thursday kicks off with the Kids Kid Show, 9 a.m.; younguns calf show, 9:50 a.m.; open beef cattle show followed by the junior beef show at 10 a.m.; paper airplane toss, noon; Mark Wood Fun Show, 1 and 4 p.m.; seed spitting, 2 p.m.; corn hole, 2 p.m.; Mason County Fair Idol, 3 p.m.; market steer show, 4 p.m.; Hannan High School band concert, 5 p.m.; Pretty Baby Contest, 6 p.m.; junior and open dairy show, 6 p.m.; junior horse show, 7 p.m.; John McCausland Award and Terry Williamson Memorial Award, both at 7 p.m.; farm stock tractor pull and diesel truck, 7 p.m.; Savannah Jack on the Main Stage at 9 p.m.; and the goat catch at 9:30 p.m.
Master market showmanship opens Friday’s slate at 9 a.m., with the 4-H exhibitor, Harold Ridenour Memorial and Donnie Hill awards set for 12:30 p.m. The junior livestock sale begins at 1 p.m. in the show arena, while Mason County Fair Idol finals are at 3 p.m. Point Pleasant Junior High School will have a band concert at 5 p.m., the Riverside Cloggers will perform at 6 p.m., super stock trucks, tractors and modified stock trucks will compete at 7 p.m., with Mason County Fair Idol winners named on the Main Stage at 7:15 p.m.
Auction for kids games is 7:30 p.m., after the livestock sale, and Adam Gregory will take the Main Stage at 9 p.m. The day ends with a chicken catch at 9:30 p.m.
For the final day on Saturday, the open Mason County Youth horse fun show is at 9 a.m., followed by Dash for Cash, 11 a.m.; horseshoe pitching, 1 p.m.; pedal tractor pull, 2 p.m.; corn hole playoff at 2 p.m.; Showtime with L.D. in the show ring, motocross practice at 5 p.m.; the Robert Lutton and Joey Arrington awards at 5:45 p.m.; motorcycle motocross at 6 p.m.; open horse show at 6 p.m.; arm wrestling contest, 6 p.m.; Sweepstakes and Donnie Hill awards, 8:45 p.m.; and Diamond Rio on the main stage at 9 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday are Discount Days, and Tuesday is Senior Citizen and CEOS Day.
Daily schedules are subject to change without prior notice.