‘Growing Kauai together’ getting ready

LIHUE — There will be thrilling rides, like Pharaoh’s Fury roller coaster.

Bingo? Karaoke?

There’ll be both of those, not to mention plenty of food, of course, like watermelon, hot dogs, poi and everything else a fair is supposed to offer.

And agricultural exhibits will abound during this year’s Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair, whose theme is “Growing Kauai Together.” The four-day extravaganza opens Thursday evening and will run through Sunday at Vidinha Stadium.

“We have a booth at the fair, so we’ll be volunteering through the four days as well,” said Carmelita Haumea of Syngenta Seeds, who had five volunteers on hand Tuesday helping set up for 45th annual event. “We’ve been volunteering with the fair for many years, and we’ll have a crew back Wednesday as well.”

The fair could still use some help, though. Volunteers are still needed before the celebration begins.

“We’re looking to fill 15 to 20 positions in the games, food booth, and cashier,” said Kalei Balanon, the EK Fernandez human resource officer, the company helping set up the fair. “People can come down to the fair grounds between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. before Thursday, and even during the fair to apply.”

Live entertainment will be diverse,, including a master hypnotist, Tina Marie; Tsunami Taiko drumming; the Paradise Big Band with a tribute to Frank Sinatra; the Na Hoku Hanohano nominated artist Shar Carillo, popular vocalist Paula Fuga; and the band Paradox Lockdown, among others.

Fair hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday, from noon to midnight Saturday and from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 years and older, $2 for keiki 4 through 12 years old. Keiki 3 years and under will be admitted free.

Midway rides require an additional charge.

On Saturday, from noon to 4:30 p.m., a 10-ride wristband can be bought for $30.

They will be valid on any ride for which the customer meets the height requirement.

On Sunday, a discount enables attendees to ride for three coupons or less.

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