8-5-16county-fair2It’s here and it’s everything you expected!

The Cattaraugus County Fair got off to a terrific start on Monday and the anticipation is building for the big weekend ahead.

Animal shows, amusement park-style rides, displays and competitions are features every day, of course, and all are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket ($10).

But the excitement reaches fever pitch as the grandstand events (for additional fees) get started.

On Friday, make your way to the grandstand to watch the Monster Mash Monster Truck Rally featuring BIGFOOT, Overkill Evolution, Higher Education, Bounty Hunter and Scarlett Bandit, plus the Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby. It all starts at 7:30 p.m. but get there by 6 p.m. and hang out with the drivers and their vehicles for a pit party.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., make plans to watch the same rigs compete again at another Monster Mash Monster Truck Rally, and then at 6:30 p.m., get ready for the USA East-Sanctioned Big Rig Truck Pulling Series & Pro Stock Tractor Pull with 20,000 lb. semis, street legal semis and 4×4 trucks competing.

Then celebrate the last day of the fair with the “World’s Largest Demolition Derby” (Sunday at 5 p.m.).

Of course, the air will be filled with the aromas of the best fair food around, so come hungry and go home happy.

See the fair schedule on page 9. For more information, visit www.cattarauguscofair.com.