There’s a whole lot of new fun planned at this year’s Horry County Fair, as well as favorite events returning to the 10-day event.
The fourth annual fair is April 19-28 at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, in Myrtle Beach.
Admission is $5, with no charge for children 4 and younger. Military folks and folks older than 65 pay only $3.
Unlimited ride wristbands are $25 except for Tuesday through Thursday when those wristbands will only be $10.
Last year, there were only two days of $10 wristbands, but that’s been expanded to three this year.
On April 19, 20, 21 and 22, fair hours will be noon – 11 p.m. From April 23 – April 26, the hours are 5 – 11 p.m. And on April 27 and 28, the hours are back to noon – 11 p.m.
Along with rides, games, NASCAR racing, music, a petting zoo, and of course food, the Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers are back from Florida, and will race several times each day.
On Thursday, April 25, there’ll be a ‘70s and ‘80s contest, and guests are encouraged to don their best retro attire.
On Friday, April 26, there will be father/son and mother/daughter look-alike contests.
The kiddie section and characters to delight them the children will be back, and a new addition will be Super Hero Day on Saturday, April 27.
The kids, and the adults, are encouraged to dress as super heroes that day, and compete for the best costume.
There’ll be several food vendors at the fair, of course, bringing goodies including funnel cakes, fried Oreos, kettle corn and even donut burgers.
The Easter Bunny will be on hand the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of Easter, and each Sunday, there will be a church service at noon.
Another new addition this year is live country music from 8 – 9:30 p.m. on both Fridays.
And, this year, look for fireworks on the fair’s last Saturday, also a new addition.
One of the highlights of the event, fair coordinator Savannah Brotherton said, is, for an extra charge, the opportunity to actually drive a NASCAR vehicle around the speedway.
Expecting about $100,000 people to visit the fair this year, Brotherton said the good turnout is because “It’s the only thing like this in Horry County. It incorporates the racetrack, and that has a lot of history in this area.”
It might also have something to do with the Krispy Kreme donut-eating contest each day at 6:30 p.m.
The contest was held twice during last year’s fair, but this year, it’s been expanded to every night.
For more information about the fourth annual Horry County Fair, visit www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com/hcfair.