Fun time at the fair
by James Phillips
Jun 08, 2010 | 1325 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Summerfest opened Tuesday at the Old Walker County Airport. The event, which includes rides, games, sideshows, food and twice-nightly stunt shows, will continue through Saturday night.
The Walker County Summerfest opened Tuesday at the Old Walker County Airport. The event, which includes rides, games, sideshows, food and twice-nightly stunt shows, will continue through Saturday night.
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For the second straight year, the Walker County Summerfest has settled into the Old Walker County Airport in Jasper to present one of the largest midway fairs in the state.

The event opened Tuesday night and will continue through Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. each day and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5-and-under get in free. Ride tickets are available separately and all-you-can-ride wristbands are also available each night.

With over 30 midway rides as well as games, stunt shows and a food court, organizer Tommy Pearson said this year’s event is larger than last year.

“We have a lot of new stuff this year,” he said. “We’ve got some bigger rides and some exciting stunts that we will be performing each night.”

Another new edition for 2010 is the Circus Vera Sideshow which has been featured on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” Pearson said the show includes people eating fire, walking on glass and laying on a bed of nails.

“This is a section of the fair that people will not want to miss,” Pearson said. “The people who do the freak show have been featured on television shows across the world. It’s a neat thing and it’s a first for Walker County.”

Pearson, who is known as the American Daredevil, will be joined by his sons each night for stunt shows at 7 and 9. Stunts to be performed will include trapeze fire walls, a straight jacket escape, a human battering ram and a record attempt at a fire slide.

A special event is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. when the U.S. Army Parachute Team will perform for the first time in Walker County. The Army will also have its rock wall at the fair each day.

“We are really going all out this year,” Pearson said. “We treat everyone with respect and we want to put on a first-class fair. We appreciate the people of Walker County and we want to give them the best show they can get.”

For more information on the Walker County Summerfest, visit www.theultimatefair.com.