Carter County free fair ends Satuday

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ARDMORE, OK - Saturday marked the fifth--and final--day of the Carter County Free Fair.

Fair manager Tina Owens said free is the key word.

"You don't have to pay to bring an exhibit, you don't have to pay to show an animal, you don't have to pay to come in," said Owens.

Inside Hardy Murphy Coliseum, exhibits line the walls and range from clothing to photography.

Animals strut the pen for judges and a midway beckons from outside.

The festivities began Tuesday when exhibit entries were turned in. Behind closed doors, judges considered everything from produce to photography and gave out ribbons, which come with *another prize.

"When you win a ribbon at the Carter County Fair if you're in Carter County and competing you also win premiums," said Owens. "They're not a huge amount of money, but they're a little bit amount of money."

Vendors like Lisa Griffith hoped to bring home some money. She said the fair has helped her face painting business one brush stroke at a time.

"Its going really good, mainly afternoons," said Griffith. "Saturday's a little better in the morning, but definitely afternoons."

Exhibit winners are asked to wait up to six weeks to receive their checks.

Vendors will leave the Coliseum at 7 p.m. but the midway will stay open until midnight.

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