MUSCLE SHOALS — The 2021 North Alabama State Fair gets underway September 21-26, and the excitement was building well before this week.
The Covid-19 pandemic silenced the rides in 2020, so anticipation has been high for this year.
Attractions will be limited as compared with previous years, so adult admission is cut from $10 to $5 all week. Children’s admission will remain at $5.
Exhibitor, commercial, and children’s buildings will not be open this year because of the challenges created by social distancing indoors. In addition, the demolition derby, the wagon contest, the beauty pageant, cheerleading competition, and other stage activities were also canceled.
The demolition derby and other stage events were canceled because there could be large numbers of people packed into the stands, according to NASF board member, Roger Creekmore.
The usual livestock shows and contests will take place since they are held in an open barn.
There is a group coming from Florida that has a “Transformers” car, and motorcycle rider will be there who rides in a steel globe and on a high wire.
Wade Shows, which operates the midway, will offer advance tickets and armbands for unlimited rides. The great food vendors will still be there.
The North Alabama State Fairgrounds are located on U.S. Highway 43 in Muscle Shoals.