Fair weather sought
by David Lazenby
Aug 30, 2010 | 2488 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Ferris wheel is always a highlight of the Jasper Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair, which will return to Jasper Sept. 21-25 at the Jaycees Fairgrounds off Airport Road. (Photo by: David Lazenby)
The Ferris wheel is always a highlight of the Jasper Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair, which will return to Jasper Sept. 21-25 at the Jaycees Fairgrounds off Airport Road. (Photo by: David Lazenby)
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While anyone with a lawn or garden may hope to see some rain soon, organizers of the annual Jasper Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair hope the summer continues to be dry for at least a few more weeks.

Last year, the Jasper Jaycees, the organization that puts on the week-long carnival each September, saw diminshed crowds on the midway because of nearly constant precipitation.

As a result, proceeds from the fundraising event were dampened when compared with figures from previous years.

"I think our fair attendance was off 70 percent last year, from the year before," said Jaycees president Brian Grace. "Last year it rained every night except for Saturday night."

In an effort to avoid wet weather, the fair is being held a week later than usual. It will be put on Sept. 21 through Sept. 25 at the Jaycees Fairgrounds off Airport Road in Jasper.

Another change the Jaycees have in store for this year's fair is its first bull riding competition.

"That's going to be fun," Grace said about the event being put on by the Southern Rough Stock Cowboy Association.

Originally, the bull ride was to take the place of the fair's demolition derby. Now, however, fair organizers are planning to offer both events for fan patrons. The bull riding competition will be on the opening day of the fair, while the demolition derby will be held on Friday, Sept. 24.

Entry forms for the demoliton derby can be picked up at Handley Western Wear and J&B Metals in Jasper.

Furthermore, the fair will continue to have its crowd-pleasing Battle of the Bands that will feature six local musical acts that will compete for valuable prizes. That event will be on Saturday, Sept. 25, the fair's last night.

"We've going with three major events this year," Grace said about the attractions.

There will also be a karaoke concert this year. "If you can sing, come out. It's free money," Grace said.

Also performing at the fair will be students at area dance studios, Toybowl cheerleaders, square dancers and other groups.

"There will be tons of small acts that are going to be stuck here and there," Grace said.

During the fair, there will be special money-saving offers such as student night, dollar night and midnight madness night.

Like in years past, Kissel Entertainment, LLC will be providing the thrill rides like the Super Trooper and Silver Streak.

Grace said if the fair is lucrative, The Jaycees may consider adding lights to the parking area of the fair grounds.