GETTING TO THE FAIR: 750 W. County Road 200S, near Southside Elementary School, on the west side of Columbus. General admission is free.
PARKING: $5 per day on fairgrounds property, or $7 a day on paved parking lot at Southside Elementary, operated by Columbus FFA. Fees collected starting at 1 p.m. daily.
MIDWAY: Opens 5 p.m. today with rides, games, food booths operated by Burton Brothers Amusements of Shirley. Wristband special 5 p.m. to close today, $18. Ride tickets today through 10 p.m. Friday are $1 each, 20 for $18 or 60 for $50. Rides takes three to five tickets. Wristband special 10 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m., $12. Games cost $1 to $5 in cash. Food booths also take cash.
4-H ACTIVITIES: 4-H Cat & Caged Critter shows, 9 a.m. today, Pavilion; Lil’ Wrangler Sheep Show, 12:30 p.m. today, Pavilion; 4-H Sheep Show, 1 p.m. today, Pavilion; Lil’ Wrangler Beef/Dairy Beef/Starter Calf, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Pavilion; 4-H Beef, 1 p.m. Thursday, Pavilion; Children’s Baking Contest, 6 p.m. Thursday, Family Arts Building; 4-H Best Dressed Rabbit Competition, 6 p.m. Thursday, Gathering Pavilion; Horse & Pony Parent & Alumni Horse Show, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Arena next to Horse Barn; 4-H Rabbit Race, 7 p.m. Thursday, Gathering Pavilion; Working Chute Contest, 8 p.m. Thursday, Pavilion; 4-H Rocket Demonstration, 9 a.m. Friday, Grandstand; 4-H Barbecue Contest, 11 a.m. Friday, David Boll Theatre; Lil’ Wrangler Horse & Pony, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Arena next to Horse Barn; 4-H Supreme Showmanship – Goat, Horse and Pony, Rabbit and Poultry, 7 p.m. Friday, Pavilion.
FREE ENTERTAINMENT: Peach Clark Band, 7 p.m. today, Farm Bureau Building; Cousin Freddie rock band, 6 p.m. Friday, David Boll Theatre; Mount Liberty Way Band, 7 p.m. Friday, Farm Bureau Building.
GRANDSTAND: Mud Bog, 7 p.m. today ($5 adult, $3 children 4-12, free for children 3 and younger); Greased Pig Contest, 8 p.m. Friday ($3, free to children 3 and younger)
INFORMATION: Fair office: 812-372-6133. Fair website: bartholomewcountyfair.com.