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More open space, seating at 2011 Woodstock Fair.

Byline: Bradford L. Miner

WOODSTOCK - Something for everyone is once again the hallmark of the 151st annual Woodstock Fair as it gears up for a four-day Labor Day weekend.

From the very young making an entry at the barnyard birthing center to the very old antique tractors at the Brunn Barn complex, the fair features the best of the region's agriculture, entertainment throughout the day and evening on three stages.

Gates open at 9 a.m. tomorrow through Labor Day, and the midway closes at 11 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, and at 8 p.m. Monday.

Don Farias, fair general manager, said this year's event boasts entertainment including The Guess Who, Little Big Town, The Outlaws and Foghat and more than 300 crafts and food vendors.

The horse show, Mr. Farias said, draws more than 600 riders competing over the course of four days. Exhibits and competition entries number more than 6,000. This year, the barnyard birthing center, where nine calves were born during last year's fair, is larger.

For the comfort and convenience of fairgoers, he said, the Woodstock Agricultural Society completed improvements to roads and buildings, creating more open space and seating areas for patrons.

All-day events tomorrow include the sheep show, go-kart racing, and the Hurdy Gurdy man. The tractor pull begins at 4 p.m.

Evening entertainment tomorrow includes Foghat on the main stage; Blue Cherry Pie, a classic rock 'n' roll band on the south stage; and ceremonial American Indian dancing on the east stage.

Health Craft cooking shows continue all day Saturday, along with cattle and sheep shows, go-kart racing, the Living Statue, and the Hurdy Gurdy Man.

The ox pull starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, and evening entertainment includes The Outlaws on the main stage, a country karaoke contest on the south stage, and ceremonial American Indian dancing on the east stage.

Pony pulling begins at noon Sunday, and evening entertainment includes Little Big Town on the main stage, adult pop karaoke on the south stage, and Rough Shot, a classic jam band, on the east stage.

At the Family Fun Center, Sunday's activities include a chocolate contest, a chocolate cream pie contest, the Silver Dollar oldies/country/rock band, acoustic music with Jim Harvey and a three-legged race.

Labor Day at the fair features the horse pull at 11 a.m.; The Guess Who at 4 p.m. on the main stage; a blueberry pie eating contest at 3:30 p.m. at the Family Fun Center; and ceremonial American Indian dancing from 4 p.m. at the east stage.

Admission is $12 each day; $8 for those 65 and older; and free for children 10 and younger. Parking costs $5, and midway tickets cost $20 for 11 rides.
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