97th annual Pontotoc County Free Fair kicks off Wednesday

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ADA, OK -- The 97th annual Pontotoc County Free fair kicked off Wednesday.

"It's a fun filled event for the whole family, from little toddlers all the way to grandma's and grandpa's," said Fair President, Todd Ray. "We have something for everybody."

Families from all over the county came to the Agri-plex to watch their loved ones compete in the 4-H and FFA horse show.

14-year-old, Sage Counts, has been competing in the fair for 5 years, and took home first place in trail riding Wednesday. She says the fair is a good way to bond with other teens in the area.

"It's a good thing to connect the community and all the kids together," Counts said. "We have the show and have a good time. You can also learn new skills too while it's showing."

Ray says the fair board begins planning for the fair as early as January each year.

He says their goal is to keep entry costs and fair fees as low as possible so that everyone can come out and have a good time.

"We don't want little Johnny at home not knowing that he can't come up here and be a part of this. It's about him, and we want him here. We want him to participate and we want grandma and grandpa to come out here and support him," Ray said.

Ray says the Pontotoc County Free Fair is very family based, and that's what makes them successful each year.

"We just try to keep it at home, and stay with our families," Ray said. "And it doesn't cost a lot to come out to our event, and that's why we do what we do."

The fair also includes a carnival, BBQ and dessert contests, and live music each night. Carnival wristbands are $25.

For a full list and schedule of events, visit http://pontotoccountyfair.com

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