The 51st annual Newton County Fair gets under way this week at the Roy Jean Carter Memorial Fairgrounds. Along with all the traditional exhibits, entertainment, and livestock that have been part of the fair for more than a half-century, there's something new for the 2018 edition.

The 51st annual Newton County Fair gets under way this week at the Roy Jean Carter Memorial Fairgrounds. Along with all the traditional exhibits, entertainment, and livestock that have been part of the fair for more than a half-century, there's something new for the 2018 edition.
"We've got inflatables instead of a carnival this year," Bill Thogmartin, president of the Newton County A & M Society that puts the fair together each year said. "It's something different and these are big ones (inflatables). I believe there are sixteen of them."
The inflatables are open to all ages and wristbands good for all days of the fair will be available. Some of the inflatables include the Atomic Scream Obstacle Course, a Velcro Wall, Hoop Shots, Wipeout, Soccer Darts, Rocket Ship Bouncer, Ocean Water Slide, a Trackless Train, and Zorb Balls, which are inflatable human hamster balls. The inflatables come from Fun-Tastic Inflatables, Columbia, Mo.
Livestock exhibits from Newton County Youth will include beef, dairy, dairy goat, meat goat, sheep and swine along with poultry. A new category this year will be a Bred and Owned Class for all of the above except poultry. The idea is to see what's being born and raised by the youth of the county.
The always popular pig scramble takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday evening this year. A goat costume contest will also be held at 6 p.m. on Friday.
"There's live entertainment every night," Thogmartin also said. "There will be two bands on Friday night. We have the (popular) pig scramble on Friday night, 8 p.m. and the livestock auction will be Saturday night at 7 p.m.)
The annual fair royalty pageant was held on Sunday at the fairgrounds. This year's royalty were selected by a panel of judges. The 2018 queen is Haylee Austin, sponsored by Diamond High School FFA, princess is Vanessa Enlow, East Newton High School FFA, Junior Princess, Jacie Bard, sponsored by Lucky Clover 4-H Club, Little Miss Jaci Todd, sponsored by the Diamonate Ranch, and Little Mister, Keegan Bevis, East Newton 4-H.
The 51st annual Newton County Fair officially opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and continues through Saturday evening offering fun for the entire family.