Mary Osborn was one of the first people in line waiting for the Columbia County Fair to open Thursday.
She loves going to the fair. She couldn’t attend last year and looks forward to sharing it with her 11-month-old daughter, Brianna.
“I was actually in the hospital having her during the fair last year,” Osborn said.
The Columbia County Fair runs through Nov. 10 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road near Patriots Park.
The fair features traditional fair rides, games and food. The Seattle Wheel, a replica of the original Seattle Wheel created for the 1962 World’s fair, returns to the midway after a year spent being repaired.
Other features this year include chainsaw carver Brian Ruth’s nightly demonstrations, creating carvings to be sold at a fundraiser auction Nov. 10, Merchants Association President Dennis Hobbs said.
The Amazing Rainforest Experience, a nightly show featuring exotic rainforest animals and Live Shark Encounter, the Ultimate Attraction, will give up-close views of animals, while Stoney Roberts’ Big Demolition Derby will crash into the fair Monday at 7:30 p.m.
At the opening ceremony, Hobbs recognized Jimmy Drew, the owner of Drew Expositions, for providing the midway rides and concessions.
“He makes sure everything you see on the midway is exciting, entertaining and fun,” Hobbs said.
Miss Columbia County Fair Lauren Rickabaugh cut the official ribbon and the Merchants Association passed out more than $17,000 in donations to local charities, including Columbia County Cares, Camp Rainbow, the Children’s Miracle Network, Project Wish and Easter Seals. .
For more, visit www.columbiacountyfair.net.