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Cornish Fair honors town's 250th birthday

CORNISH — The 64th annual Cornish Fair is honoring the town's founding with a Cornish 250th celebration theme this year.

The fair starts Friday, Aug. 16, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 18.

The fair started with humble beginnings, said Wayne Gray, president of the Cornish Fair's board of directors. "It pretty much started out as a penny sale and then it grew bigger."

"A lot of people feel that with the Cornish Fair, it's a fair, but a lot of people look at it like it's a family reunion," Gray said.

Agriculture remains the heart of the fair, Gray said.

"It's a 4-H fair so it's all about education for the kids," he said.

But the Cornish Fair also comes with all the bells and whistles, there is the horse show, the woodsmen competition, the horse, ox and pony pulls and amusement park rides in the midway.

The fair is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $8. Children under 12 get in free. A four-hour block to ride the midway rides is $20.