Prattville – On Tuesday, the 42nd Autauga County Fair opened at Mac Gray Park in Prattville with hundreds of people enjoying the smell of hot dogs, and the sights and sounds of carnival rides and midway games.
This is the 42nd year that the Autauga County Fair Association has sponsored the event, which is not only popular with the citizens of Prattville, but also with folks in the surrounding communities.
Paul Littlefield, President of the Autauga County Fair Association, said that the large crowd was fairly normal for the first night, but that the cooler temperatures may have had something to do with the high attendance.
“I’d estimate about 1,100 are here tonight,” Littlefiield said. “Thursday will also be big because it’s kid’s night and of course, Saturday will be crowded, too.”
There are many activities for kids and for moms and pops as well.
Lacey Crisman of Wetumpka, has been taking her two children to this fair for the past two years. Peyton, her two-year-old was enjoying a ride on the Ferris Wheel with her father. Crisman said that usually one of Peyton’s favorite rides was the Choo Choo train.
“When she got here she wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel,” said Crisman. “Her dad and I just looked at each other. We couldn’t figure out how she got the idea of riding the Ferris Wheel because no one ever mentioned it to her.”
Other popular rides at the fair for younger children are the Dragon Wagon, the Merry-Go-Round, and Jalopy Junction. The latter is a definite favorite of four-year-old Gage Duncan, son of Joseph and Destiny Wesson of Prattville.
“Gage has been enjoying the midway since he was about eighteen months old,” his grandmother said.
Entertainment for the night included the Christian rock trio Disowning Kaleb, with members Patrick Franklin, Joshua Given, and Brad Bird. Franklin, a printing company employee during the day, said that there really was no rhyme or reason going into naming the band.
“We just thought that these were two words that sounded cool together,” Franklin said.
The three musicians have been together for 14 years and are originally from Montgomery. They currently have the “free download of the week” at iTickets online. The name of the EP is “Only After.”
The group is also in need for extras for a video to be shot on October 10 in downtown Montgomery on Dexter Avenue.
“Anyone interested in being an extra, just contact us on our myspace page,” said Franklin.
Inside the arts and crafts area at the front of the fair are youth/adult handicraft, youth/adult photography, and youth/adult canning items on exhibit.
Booths on display include Costco, Regions, Alabama Patios, Autauga County Master Garden Association, Prattville Fire Department, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
The fair runs through October 3. Admission is $3.00 for ages 4 and up. Gates will open Tuesday through Friday at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday at 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Youths are admitted free on Thursday from open until close.
For more information, see www.theautaugacountyfair.com.
Article by Melissa Parker
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