County Pride, County Wide.

That's the theme of the 14th annual Carbon County Fair, which kicked off this afternoon along Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

The fair is open from 3-11 p.m. today through Friday, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday. There is a general admission fee of $5 per person for those age 6 and over.

There is plenty of free parking and entertainment. No pets are allowed, except for service dogs.

The fair will feature three demolition derbies, an antique field stock tractor pull, a garden tractor pull, musical entertainment, food, agricultural displays, exhibits, and a huge Chinese auction. Ride specials will be held from 4-10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 1-10 p.m. Saturday.

However, the horse show that was originally scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to extenuating circumstances.

The still exhibits arrived on Monday, followed by the judging. In addition, the 4-H livestock arrived, and were weighed in. Displays, and daily judging of livestock and rabbits, will be held in the agricultural area. The animal dress up contest for 4-H members will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. The annual 4-H Livestock luncheon/sale held by special invitation will begin on Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by the 4-H livestock sale at 1 p.m.

An opening ceremony will be held tonight at 7 p.m., with several dignitaries on hand, and will feature the crowning of the fair queen. Other events include a Garden Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. in the arena; musical entertainment from Remember When, which will perform oldies at 5 and 9 p.m. on the Main Stage; and the popular Fireworks Spectacular at 10:15 p.m.

Wednesday will be highlighted by performances by the Glenn E. Miller One Man Band at 5 p.m., followed by Real Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute Band) at 7 and 9 p.m.; as well as a Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. in the arena.

Thursday is Children's Day, and will include a performance by "The Doctor" Layne Roberts (Penn's Peak Radio & TV DJ) at 5 p.m., followed by performances by The Fabulous Hubcaps (50s Grease Show) at 7 and 9 p.m. on the main stage. Other special events include a Magic Show at 6 and 8 p.m., Fun Games at 5:30 p.m., Special Children's Day Drawing at 6:45 p.m., Bicycle Giveaway at 8:45 p.m., and a Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. in the arena.

Layne Roberts will again be on hand at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by Jimmy & The Parrots at 7 and 9 p.m. on the main stage. Other special events include a karate exhibition from Emerald Dragon at 8 p.m., and a Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. in the arena.

Saturday will see the Country Spectacular on the main stage, which will include performances by The Hawks at 2 p.m., Joe Bonson & Coffee Run at 4 p.m., Brooke Unger at 6:30 p.m., The Cramer Brothers at 7:30 p.m., and a Big Jam Session at 9:30 p.m. There will also be an Antique Field Stock Tractor Pull at 4 p.m., with a $2 general admission fee

The always popular Farmer for a Day display will be held from 3-9 p.m. each day on the midway, as well as appearances by Dapper Dan, Buster the Clown, Smokey Bear, and Hit & Miss Engines.

The Carbon County Lion/Lioness Fair Association, Inc. was created in 1999. It is comprised of the Bowmanstown/Parryville Lions, Franklin Township Lions, Lehighton Area Lioness Lions, Mahoning Lions, Palmerton Lions, West Penn Lions and the Jim Thorpe Lioness clubs.

For more information, call (610) 826-1862, or visit www.carboncountyfair.com.