Orig Pub date 9/8/21 

TUSCUMBIA — The 2021 North Alabama State Fair Board of Directors agreed to reduce the adult admission price of the upcoming fair since many popular events have been cancelled due to the continuing COVID pandemic.

According to Board member Roger Creekmore, the board voted Monday to hold the fair scheduled the week of Sept. 21. 

Adult admission is being cut from $10 per person to $5, which is the same price of admission for children. Children’s admission price will remain at $5. 

The board voted last week to close the exhibitor, commercial, and children’s buildings because of the difficulty of social distancing indoors.

Stage activities including the beauty pageant, the cheerleading competition, and the wagon contest were also cancelled.

Additionally, the board voted to cancel the popular demolition derby.

“We felt like there was just no other way with the delta variant being what it is, and the ventilation in those buildings, and the inability to social distance,” Creekmore said. “It was just prudent to shut those buildings down.”

The demolition derby was cancelled because there could be large numbers of people packed into the stands. 

“The fair board just decided to do that as a measure of caution to downsize the event,” said Creekmore. 

Fair Board President David Isom said the majority of the board agreed the event should take place.

“They felt like it was something we need to go ahead and do,” he said.

The 2020 fair was cancelled due to the pandemic.

There will still be the usual livestock shows and contests which are held in an open barn.

Many exhibitors who would set up in the exhibit buildings at the fair are not planning to attend this year. 

However, there is a group coming from Florida who has a Transformers car that should attract some kids. There will also be a motorcycle rider who rides in a steel globe and on a high wire. 

Wade Shows operates the midway and will offer advance tickets and armbands for unlimited rides.

Additionally, ride prices are determined by Wade Shows. 

The fair is Sept. 21-26 at the North Alabama State Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 43 in Muscle Shoals.