Racing PigsHickory – The 104th Hickory American Legion Fair will begin on Wednesday, August 30th, and run through Monday, September 4th. The theme of this year’s fair is A Fair To Remember, and will feature several new attractions as well as some recurring favorites! The Fairground is located at 1127 US Highway 70, Newton, NC, 28658.

There will be fireworks each night at 10pm, except on Monday, September 4.  The Grandstand act is each night at 9pm.
Admission to the Fair is free through age six.  Ages seven through 17, $5. Ages 18 and over is $7.  Ride coupons are $1.25 per coupon. Special ride savings are available by buying a 120 for $100; 55 coupons for $50 and 21 coupons for $20.

The Fair opens at 5pm Wednesday, August 30, free admission, with free rides from 5-6pm. Six pm till close, unlimited rides for $15. Thursday, August 31, gates open at 5pm and students ages 19 and under get in free from 5pm till closing. Unlimited rides from 5pm till close for $15. The Fair opens Friday, September 1, at Noon for Senior Citizens only, who get in free. Gates and the Midway open for the general public at 5pm and there are no ride specials.

Saturday, September 2, the gates open at Noon. Sunday, September 3, gates open at 2pm.  Monday, September 4, gates open at Noon.

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

Grandstand Show

Johnny Rockett’s Cycle Circus Live and Galaxy Girl will be performing live in the Grandstand with two shows nightly and three shows on Saturday.

Johnny Rockett’s Cycle Circus with Special Guest Tina Winn performing 127 feet in the air on top of sway pole. Johnny Rockett and Galaxy Girl perform spine tingling stunts with their meter motorcycle madness. They are over 50 feet above the safety off the ground, with their truly unique attraction that’s midair raceway in the sky!

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 Cycle Circus Live picture #2it 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”.

Six other 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

With nearly half a million dollars worth of large scale, grand illusions & edge of your seat escapes, Extreme Illusions & Escapes starring Josh Knotts & Lea is an illusionist/escape artist duo that has become a crowd favorite at every event where they have performed. Expect an action packed show with a mix of amazing stage illusions, entertaining and skillful escapes, audience participation and exciting music that gives you more ‘bang for your buck’ than any other magic or illusion show out there! Certainly not your everyday ‘magic’ act… forget all you know and prepare to be amazed by Extreme Illusions & Escapes starring Josh Knotts & Lea.

Strolling around the fairground, and also performing on stage, are the Agri-Puppets, who through their unique style, educate people young and old about the world around us. It’s fun for all the family!

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

Gravity Check Juggling Duo of WNC specializes in high level technical juggling, Chinese yo-yos and many other amazing circus type skills.

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!

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 info., call the Fair at 828.464.5433 or visit online.

Helicopter rides for $20

Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs