Brian Grace, president of the Jasper Jaycees, said one of the reasons organizers are so optimistic is because they have brought in an popular new attraction: the Staples Safari.
Grace described the new event as part magic show and part exotic animal exhibition. He said one of the star animals is the monkey that appeared in “Dr. Dolittle” with Eddie Murphy.
He said the show will be free to the public twice a night throughout the duration of the fair, which will be held from Sept. 11-15.
The fair, which will be held at the Jaycees’ Fairgrounds off Airport Road, opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Grace said is usually no set closing time. Admission is $5. However, admission is free on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 10 p.m. until midnight. On Wednesday night, all students get in free. Thursday night is dollar night, in which admission and each ride is $1.
Last year, the Northwest Alabama Fair saw almost 20,000 attendants, the event’s second best year, and Grace said he expects more people this month.
Grace also said the 2012 Northwest Alabama Fair will include a destruction derby, and the organizers are offering the highest payout since the attraction began. The first-place winner will receive $1,500; the second-place winner will receive $700 and the third-place winner will receive $300. The derby will be held on Saturday night.
The fair will also include a battle of the bands on Friday night.
“We should have a really good year,” Grace said.
For more information, find the event’s page on Facebook.