An extra day has been added to the 159th Hartford Fair that will be held Aug. 5-12 in the village of Hartford, aka Croton.

Fair manager Larry Hughes said the fair board voted to have an eighth day, with the final day of the week being a free-admission day.

He said the livestock would have been sold by the last day, so attendees should keep that in mind.

This year’s fair kicks off Saturday, Aug. 5, with entertainment by Phil Dirt & the Dozers at 8 p.m. at the grandstand.

The opening day will end with fireworks about 10 p.m.

Hughes said fairgoers will find two new buildings on the grounds this year.

A $180,000 beef building has been added that’s named the Hondros Family Beef Barn.

“It’s a very nice structure and is 65 by 192 feet,” Hughes said. “We tore the old one down. This is closer to Grubb Arena on the north side of the fairgrounds. ”

John and Linda Hondros helped make the building possible, and Park National Bank is making a donation for the next 10 years.

Hughes said RCD RV Supercenter is doing the same as the bank for the new $120,000 hog barn.

“They’ve committed to help pay for construction over 10 years,” he said.

The new swine complex is 40 by 140 feet, Hughes said.

Fair director Jim Heimerl said more than 650 swine have been entered in this year’s fair that created a demand for more room.

He said swine participation has increased about 5 to 6 percent over the past five years, and overflow animals were moved to the basketball court in past years.

“That’s why we had a demand for the new building,” said Heimerl, who’s the swine chairman.

In addition to the new buildings, Hughes said, a new entranceway will greet fairgoers on the north end of the grounds.

“We moved gate D1 to the west by about 100 feet,” he said.

Hughes said some nights for grandstand entertainment also have been changed.

“We changed our truck and tractor pull,” he said. “Those used to be Tuesdays, and it got moved to Monday at 7:30 p.m. We tried to put together the ones that don’t require us to (haul) dirt.”

On Sunday, Aug. 6, UTV Razor Races will be the grandstand entertainment beginning at 6 p.m.

The popular demolition derby is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8; the monster-truck show is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9; and the Fast Traxx Motocross Racing is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

Hughes said Friday night, Aug. 11, is the big event with the rough-truck contest beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“It brings 50,000 people, hopefully day and night,” he said.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the grandstand entertainment is the championship horse pull beginning at 7 p.m.

“If the weather is good, we’ll have a good fair,” Hughes said.

Admission cost is $7 for ages 8 and older.

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