Autauga County Fair Organization
P. O. Box 680267
Prattville, AL 36068-0267
Gary Essary - Fair President
Mike Surles - Fair Vice President
Anthony Castaldo--Entertainment Director
Shawn Hudak - Commercial and Non-Profit Booth
Autauga County Jr Cattlemen
Lowell Strock - Livestock Director
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Can you carve a cucumber into a rose, carve a watermelon into a frog, or how about make a pumpkin into a boat? If so, bring your creation to the fair! The Autauga County Fair, Oct. 1 – 5, is having a Fruit Carving Contest for all ages this year. We are also having a very talented carver give talks in our Speakers Bureau on how to do these carvings. For more information, please go to our website www. AutaugaCountyFair.com or call 334.717.0277
Something old is the first
line of a traditional
rhyme that details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck. Something
old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in
her shoe is how the rhyme of old English folklore goes. The 2013 Autauga County Fair (ACF), Oct. 1 –
5, 2013 easily fits this rhyme with its own traditions.
old. Unlimited daily carnival rides for only $20
is back this year. This good deal will be offered each day of
the Fair. The daily adult entrance fee will be $3.00. ACF Organization President Gary Essary states, “We determined our adult entrance price by sampling all the county fairs this year and split the lowest in half.” The half price rate is offered by the new ACF
Organization as a first year special. Delicious fair food, thrilling rides, and good family fun will again fill the fairgrounds the first week in October.
Something new. Fair sponsorship ensures our fair continues to offer quality entertainment at reasonable prices each year. And now, businesses, groups, and individuals can take advantage of several new levels of sponsorship offered at www.AutaugaCountyFair.com. New competitions mentioned in previous articles such as the Battle of the BBQ and Homebrew Beer Competitions tests the culinary skills of our locals. The ACF Music Festival with over 40 acts covering the five-day period presents a completely new level of entertainment in Autauga County. Also, don’t miss the daily talks on the newly offered Speaker’s Stage.
Something borrowed. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is letting us borrow its
portable Internet trailer. It is a
self-contained communication “Wi-Fi” hot spot” used here in the state and as part of a Southeastern coalition of Extension services to share in the event of major disasters such as hurricanes or tornados. Fair-goers will have free access to Wi-Fi and able to post updates and pictures having fun at the fair…even from the top of the Ferris Wheel.
Something blue. “ Blu” is actually her name. She is one of the new logo characters in this year’s advertising campaign. She is “Tauga’s” sidekick and you will see her picture all over the fair as the new mascots representing the new Autauga County Fair.
Her outfit resembles the traditional Blue Ribbon awarded to the top Arts and Crafts items submitted at the annual fair.
and a silver sixpence in her shoe. You may not find a silver sixpence at the fair, but you will find your friends and neighbors in the Gene and Virginia Hall Building where numerous civic and business organizations will be manning their booths. There are a few booths left for those who would like to participate.
ACF will be open Tues., Oct. 1 through Fri., Oct. 4 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Sat., Oct. 5,
from 1 pm to 10 pm. There is no charge to enter the Arts and Crafts exhibits.The rules, categories and general information are on our website. For those who do not have Inte net, printed copies of registration and other information about the Fair are available at
the Doster Center (424 South Northington St., 334-361-3640) in Prattville. For more information about the Autauga County Fair, visit http://www.autaugacountyfair.com. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Cheatum, Fair Director, at email@example.com or 334.717.0277. See you at the Fair!!
If you want to see the competitive side of someone, take them to the fair. It’s an annual fall tradition to watch as young men swagger in front of an amusement game, their manhood challenged by a seasoned carnival worker to prove their love by “winning” the largest stuffed animal for their girl. Later we see the joy on his face holding hands, parading the fairgrounds with his loved one holding an oversized panda. We admire his carnival game skills…or deep pockets that allowed his competitive nature to shine. The Fair brings it out of us…and this year’s Autauga County Fair will offer plenty of friendly competitions. Here are a few.
Returning after a multiyear absence is the Fairest of the Fair Beauty Pageant. The Tuesday night pageant will offer several divisions to cover girls of all ages in our county. Baby Fairest is 18 months to 3 years; Tiny Fairest is 4 to 7 years; Little Fairest is 8 to 11 years, Teen Fairest 12 to 15 years, and the Miss Fairest of the Fair 16 to 19 years old. Judges will look for girls that show their natural beauty, personality and act age appropriate. Winners will have the opportunity to represent the Autauga County Fair at several events.
This year’s Talent Show contest is sponsored by experts in the talent field, the Prattville High School Spotlight Show choir. “We are excited about the Talent Show this year and offer a wonderful opportunity to showcase talent in our community,” said Michael Wilson, the PHS Choral Director. Wilson stated “the show is open to a wide variety of talent,” when asked if only singing was allowed, “not only signing…but any form of entertainment.” Prize money will be offered for the top five finishers during this Tuesday night event.
Cooking TV shows have made BBQ competitions very popular recently. This year the Fair will host their first Battle of the BBQ Cookoff. It is being sponsored by the Prattville High School Softball Team. “We will have two levels of competition…the Professional and the Backyard divisions,” stated PHS Softball Booster Club President, John Morris.
“Everyone is invited out Saturday afternoon to sample from the best cooks in the county…we’ll have donation jars out that will declare our ‘People’s Choice’ winner,” stated Morris.
Other competitions like returning Arts and Crafts Exhibitions and the first Homebrew Beer competitions have been reported in earlier articles. Entry requirements and more detailed information about these and other exciting features of the 2013 Autauga County Fair can be found at www.AutaugaCountyFair.com.
If you missed out on going to a concert this summer and are suffering from music festival withdrawal, then the 2013Autauga County Fair (ACF) has the cure with a five full daysof music and entertainment. Scheduled over Tuesday, October 1 through Saturday October 5, the ACF Music Festival turns the Autauga County Fairgrounds into music central for a hugecelebration.
Gary Essary, ACFO President, commented that “This festival was conceived to offer our fairgoers the ultimate in local and regional music. It will showcase over 40 acts with amazing talent added with great food in a festival atmosphere.”
The ACF Music Festival was created to encourage people with all tastes in music to get out and watch a huge variety of musical styles. Tuesday will begin with Prattville Pops playing for the opening ceremony followed by Talent Night performances by the Center for Performing Arts, Fairest of the Fair Pageant, and ACF Talent Show on the agenda.
Wednesday will celebrate “Faith @ The Fair” night with the lineup full of Christian artists from around the area. Bethany Barr Phillips will perform acoustic numbers while the Christian rock bands Battle Cry and Matt Littlejohn Band round out the night.
Thursday is kicked off with performances by the dancers from CJ’s Dance Factory followed by “High School Night” with various high school groups performing and finishing with a Debstep Color Party for all. This electronic dance party will include a latest fad of using very colorful but messy multi-color corn starch scattered on participants.
Friday is “Country” night starting with Kyle Wilson representing traditional Country and Southern Rock Music at its best. His heavy-driven guitar sound in a blues rock song about principles his grandfather taught will set the night’s atmosphere. Alabama native Laurel Taylor, a singer/songwriter artist currently pursuing her dreams in Nashville after winning the 2012 Alabama Talent Hunt, will demonstrate her Country Southern Rock sound. The Jonathan East Band headlines Friday night where the crowd is sure to fall in love with this modern outlaw country singer because of his rebel attitude and genuine style.
Saturday will be a full day of musical entertainment includingacoustic soloist’s Mabry Thorn, Tristan Powell, Matt York and Tim Essary. An original “swamper” and Muscle Shoals music veteran, Russell Gulley is a must see as he brings his style of “swap rock blues” to the stage in the afternoon. Bringing her blend of rock with a southern twist is Jess Meuse, a Slapoutsinger/guitarist with a passion for music. Distant Kin leads off the evening’s bands with their mix of Irish folk and bluegrass music. Next up are the rock bands. Mama Piranha brings high energy southern rock sound to the fairground stage at dusk. Returning to this year’s fair is Surviving the Fall, a hometown Christian Rock Band favorite. Topping off the ACF MusicFestival is a 5-piece band out of Birmingham called Embers in Ashes. They churn out a progressive brand of melodic rock that relies heavily on the vocal harmonies and racing guitar riffs. This event kicks off a tour for their debut album 'OUTSIDERS'…out on August 28th, on Red Cord Records.
Traditional county fairs
are known for their contests where entrants vie for the coveted Blue Ribbon each year. This year, the Autauga County Fair will add a Home Brew Beer category alongside the canned fruit and vegetables
in its Arts and Crafts building. This year’s fair will be held from October 1-5, 2013 at Mac Gray Park in Prattville.
On May 9, 2013, Governor Robert Bentley signed Representative Mac McCutcheon’s HB9, the Alabama Homebrew Bill, into law. The 2013 Autauga County Fair will host the very first fair homebrew competition in the state and is open to all Alabama residents 21 and over. There is no restriction as to the number and different style of beer contestants choose to enter...but only homebrew...no entries from commercial facilities will be accepted.
“We are new group with new ideas and we wanted give our aficionados of homebrew beer a chance to get feedback on their concoctions from experts in this newly allowed hobby,” stated Autauga County Fair President Gary Essary. “We are bringing in ‘beer sippin specialists’ from Hop City, a craft beer and supply store in Birmingham and Atlanta, to judge our submitted samples,” Essary explained.
In addition to the new category addition, the craft brew meisters will be offering several seminars for the beer enthusiast on the newly formed “Speakers Stage.” “The Speaker’s Stage is another new addition to our fair,” stated Fair Director Deborah Cheatum, “it will give residents a chance to hear a wide variety of topics from experts in their fields.” The home brew beer seminars are open to all over the age of 21 and will offer attendees to put their names in the hat for a grand prize drawing on the last day of the fair. “The lucky selectee will win a full beginners brew kit...all the equipment needed to apply the knowledge gained from attending seminars at the fair,” stated Essary.
Any questions or general information on this new homebrew beer category or any ACF topic may be found on http://www.AuataugaCountyFair.com. The Arts & Crafts Category Listing can be found on this website and can be picked up at the Doster Center, 424 S. Northington St. (ph 334-361-3640). Booths for a business or charity organization are also available on this website.
“People are getting
excited about the new fair this year and this is just one of many unique ways we hope to bring fun and entertainment to our community,” exclaimed Essary.
If you want to catch your breath after screaming on the midway carnival rides, pay a visit to the Arts and Crafts Building at the Autauga County Fair (ACF), Oct. 1 – 5, 2013 at Mac Gray Park. All the artistic and crafty people of Autauga County and Prattville will be back to compete for the coveted blue ribbons and bragging rights after missing last year. The ACF is bringing back the popular exhibits where a wide range of categories showcase the talents of Autauga County’s finest. “There is something for everyone this year…just pick a category that interests you and submit your item,” stated Fair Director Deborah Cheatum.
The Fair’s Arts and Crafts exhibits have a number of categories, including the baking section with cake decorating, cookies, candies, pies, and breads. Those who like to create with their hands have the sewing, needlework, handicrafts, art, and photography. Our green thumb residents may highlight their finest flowers, field and garden products and agricultural exhibits.
Local business owners and groups are able to rent a booth to display their business and interests to all the residents of our county in the Gene & Virginia Hall Building. Booth rental information is on our website. Deadline for booth requests is Sept. 25, 2013.
There is no charge to enter into the Arts and Crafts exhibits and you can find rules, categories and general information at http://www.autaugacountyfair.com/. All exhibitors must be Autauga County or Prattville residents.
For those who do not have Internet, printed copies of registration and other information about the Fair are available at the Doster Center (424 South Northington St., 334-361-3640) in Prattville.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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Felder rushing's covered dish supper September 29th
FROM Nancy Waggoner TO You + 2 More
Hey all, we need to decide who is going to go to the covered dish reception for Felder Rushing in Hope Hull on the 29th. It is in the evening at 6:30. If I go, I will have to ride with someone because when I am off the interstate and/or on neighborhood streets at night, I cannot see well enough to drive.
I told the person who is in charge of the supper that we in Prattville will have to bring something at room temp or chilled because if we go to his program, we won’t have time (I don’t think) to drive back up here, heat something up and drive to Hope Hull by 6:30. I don’t know how long his program is.
Deborah, do you know how we register for his program at the museum?
I need to know who all is planning on going. Deborah, I know you said you probably would not k
I will go if I can ride with someone.
- “The Autauga County Fair is back!” exclaimed Gary Essary, President of the newly formed Autauga County Fair Organization (AFCO). “Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hall had put so many years of dedicated work into making the fair a fun, family
tradition that it was sad to see it go away” he stated. In March of this year, the board for the past year's fair announced they were closing the fair.
Mr. Mike Surles of the Autauga County Rescue Squad had been involved with putting on the fair for many years and didn’t want to see it go away either. He and Lt Col Essary, a Prattville High School AF JROTC Instructor, formed a new fair organization with their respective non-profit groups and immediately set about making arrangements for the 46th continuous year. “With only three months left, we have a lot to get done before the first week in October,” stated Mr. Surles.
The Fair Director, Mrs. Deborah Cheatum, added “We were lucky to book Dixieland Carnival on such short notice to provide the midway entertainment.” Dixieland has provided Autauga County with many years of exciting mid-way thrill rides and games. They added two new rides in 2012 called High Energy and Flying Dutchman. Mrs. Cheatum stated ticket sales will be similar to years past and the very popular $20 wristband allowing fairgoers unlimited rides for each day would be sold every day.
The Gene and Virginia Hall Building will once again hold space for commercial exhibit booths as well as outdoor space for vendors. Applications can be found on the web site along with commercial rates. Booking entertainment for this year’s fair is ongoing with an invitation extended to local groups to apply on the website for the opportunity to perform on the Fairgrounds Stage. Mrs. Cheatum is currently booking sponsors for many of the competitions and entertainment talent. “We want to make this fair a community event and welcome individuals and businesses that would like to get involved,” she stated. Another new addition is a petting zoo.
Wednesday night is traditionally “church night” in most of the South and the new AFCO President wanted to carry that tradition to the fair. “We are looking for local church choirs, praise groups, and gospel quartets to perform for fairgoers on Wednesday night,” said Mr. Essary. Updates to other entertainment will be added to the web site as bookings are made.
“This fair is a wonderful Autauga County tradition that many families look forward to each year,” said Mr. Essary. Our goal in 2013 is to continue that tradition of fun, safe entertainment for all.”
Autauga County Fair Organization
P. O. Box 68068-0268
Prattville, AL 36068-0267,
Gary Essary – firstname.lastname@example.org 334.717.0277
We have booked Dixieland Carnival for the Midway Rides and Games. They have been here for many years and have added a couple new rides in 2012. Get ready for fun!