Fair opens tonight

LIHUE — Allan Kapali’s favorite thing at the Kauai County Farm Bureau is the woodturners’ demonstration on Saturday.

“We get to share our knowledge about the beautiful trees and how they can be turned in fine bowls and furniture,” Kapali said. “Of course, I’ll be there. Outside of that, the farm fair is about exhibits. For the young people, this is a learning experience to see things and talk to the experts. The farm fair has it all. And don’t forget the food.”

The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair opens at 6 tonight and runs through midnight with an opening ceremony dedicated to Michael Strong. The fair continues on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m.

People looking for the exhibits of produce and flowers are encouraged to visit on the early days of the fair when everything is fresh.

“I usually am at the fair for the Community Emergency Response Team, or the American Red Cross,” said Bob Robertson of the North Shore Lions. “I haven’t figured out when I’ll be there, but I’ll be there.”

Entertainment runs the gamut of talent shows, karaoke, hula and billboard acts including Anuhea, Revival and Willie K, interspersed with Bingo games and other inter-active acts.

Friday night, the 8th annual Celebrity Chef Cookoff takes place with the winner earning $2,000 for a nonprofit of his choice in the Entertainment tent, hosted by the Kauai Coffee Company.

The 4-H Livestock show takes billing near the Livestock Tent, highlighted by the auction Saturday evening.

Moloa‘a Bay Chocolate on cascaron, more commonly known as coconut doughnuts, is just one of the features at the 2017 Kauai Grown Country Store, Friday night.

Kauai Beekeepers Association will be on hand with samples and information on Kauai-produced honey, Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The 4-H Petting Zoo will be available all four days of the fair, along with the rides and midway of E.K. Fernandez.

Food on the menu from seven different vendors include everything from malasadas to a steak-and-mahi plate combo, and everything in between.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for keiki aged 4 to 12 years old, and free for keiki 3 and under.

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