The Heath Fair is one of the few country fairs still around that stays true to its agricultural roots. For over 100 years, it has offered events such as the ox draw, sheep shows, and various trade demonstrations to teach the community about agriculture in an engaging way. Every year the residents of Heath and visitors from surrounding towns look forward to this end of summer event. This year, the 104th Annual Heath Fair will take place this weekend, Friday evening, August 19th, and all day Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st.
It is truly incredible to see how a large event like this with a variety of activities comes together in such an organized way. It is because of the commitment of volunteers and the Heath Agricultural Society, who run each of the events that the Heath Fair is so successful. This year’s lineup of events include the antique tractor pull, rabbit show, ADGA sanctioned senior goat show, ox draw, truck pull, and adult sheep show and more.
Bring the kids because there will be so much for them to do too like the Kid’s Watermelon eating contest, wagon rides, kids garden tractor pull, a kid’s concert, demonstrations, and the parade! This year’s parade theme is Flock Together. Prizes go to the best theme-related floats and best child-decorated bicycles.
Make sure you come hungry because there will be plenty to eat! Join the organized meals such as the Church Ladies Ham and Bean Supper at 5:30 pm on Friday and the Heath Firefighters Association BBQ at noon on Saturday. There will also be a great group of vendors selling food at the lower food booth and upper food booth, as well as a beer garden.
A country fair is not complete without music and this year’s artist lineup is spectacular. On Friday night, check out Zydeco Connection with Bourbon Street Blasters and then join in on the square dancing with Fall Town String Band, called by Doug Wilkins. On Saturday at 11 am,Trouble Sisters will perform. Then throughout the day, there will be musical performances by Deep River Ramblers, Zara Bode’s L’il Big Band, and finally Whisky Treaty Roadshow at 7 pm. On Sunday, Slide Grinders will be on stage at 10:30 am, followed by Opal Canyon at noon, and Meadows Brothers at 2 pm.
For the full schedule of events, visit heathfair.org. The Heath Fair is presented by the Heath Agricultural Society. Admission is only $12 or $10 for seniors and free for children 10 and under. Parking is free. See you at the Heath Fair!
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