Hickory – The 105th Hickory American Legion Fair began on Wednesday, August 29th, and runs through Monday, September 3rd. The theme of this year’s fair is “A Fair Gone Wild,” and will feature several new attractions as well as some recurring favorites! The Fairground is located at 1127 US Highway 70, Newton, NC, 28658.

Admission to the Fair is free through age six. Ages seven through 17, $5. Aged 18 and over is $7. Ride coupons are $1.25 per coupon. Special ride savings are available by buying 120 for $100; 55 coupons for $50 and 21 coupons for $20. All rides require more than one coupon each. Ride specials do not include admission to the fair.

Thursday, August 30, gates open at 5pm and students aged 19 and under get in free from 5pm till closing with free Rides 5-6pm. Unlimited rides from 6pm till close for $20. The Fair opens Friday, August 31, at Noon for Senior Citizens only, who get in free till 5pm. Gates and the Midway open for the general public at 5pm. No ride specials.

Saturday, September 1, the gates open at Noon. Ride all day Unlimited Ride Passes are $25 and are sold from noon – 5pm. After 5pm all tickets will be regular price unless you have the pass.

Sunday, September 2, gates open at 2pm. No ride specials. Monday, September 3, gates open at Noon. Unlimited rides are $25.

Carolina Helicopter Tour will be offering Helicopter Rider at the fair again this year.  There is a $20 per person charge for the ride.

Grandstand Show:

Cycle Circus Live is the largest FMX freestyle entertainment show of it’s kind in the world today, and combines the top action sports athletes in the world and the theatrics of cycle circus live.

This is not your average FMX freestyle show. Be prepared to be blown away by the combination of high tech pyrotechnics music and lighting that, along with our world champions of freestyle, will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat in disbelief… you truly have to see it to believe it! Cycle Circus Live prides itself on it individuality and uniqueness it is truly a one of a kind experience that the entire family can enjoy and will be talking about it for years to come.

Galaxy Girl has been called the newest extreme action superhero, and for obvious reasons! Galaxy Girl begins her act by climbing an eighty foot ladder high in the air before performing an incredible aerial gymnastic routine from a trapeze dangling eighty feet above the ground – with no safety nets or devices.

Next, after asking the audience if they’d like her to climb higher, she begins her perilous climb to the 127-foot sway pole towering above the ground. As she arrives on the Aerial Space Platform atop the sway pole, the pole sways and bends drastically to near breaking, but Galaxy Girl retains her balance to perform a handstand on the very peak of the pole. To return to the earth’s surface, Galaxy Girl gracefully slides down a cable in her “Slide for Life”.

New attractions:

Close Encounters Of The Exotic Kind, these big cats will leap into your hearts after this show! Kenya Safari brings their balancing and acrobatic talents to the fair. Lew~E, the clown’s comedy circus will feature some amazing acts that are sure to entertain!

Attractions will be performing daily on the fairgrounds. These are all free with admission to the Fair, and will take place at pre-set times each day.

Randy Everett Chainsaw Artists with carvings created during the fair. Carvings will be sold at public auction on Monday at 6pm.

Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs are specially bred and raised pigs who’ll bolt from the starting gate and battle for the lead, snout to snout, feet flying! A real crowd pleaser!

Check out the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Sunday, September 2nd, at 5pm. Fun to watch and the kids have a great time!

Saw Mill Demonstration by the Foothill Antique Power Association. The Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to Preserving the Past for the Future. They are known for the collection, restoration,  and demonstration of antique farm machinery, as well as autos, trucks, motorcycles, chainsaws, and stationary engines, and many other types of equipment whether hand-powered or horse-powered.

For more information, call the Fair at 828.464.5433 or visit www.hickoryfair.com online.
Close Encounters Of The Exotic Kind
Galaxy Girl