Scenes From Lowell: 2022 Kent County Youth Fair Edition

It’s that time of year again.

The Kent County Youth Fair has rolled into town and set up at the City of Lowell’s Recreation Park — aka the fairgrounds — for a week of fun. We stopped by yesterday, and there is still time for you to make a visit today or tomorrow. The fair runs through Saturday, August 13, 2022. Animals will begin to be released at 5pm on Saturday, but carnival rides will continue on into the evening.

Here’s a look at what’s happening during the 2022 Kent County Youth Fair:

Perhaps the biggest change for 2022 is the introduction of a new carnival. Elliott’s Amusements, which provided the fair’s carnival for many years, was unavailable this week. However, Wade Shows stepped in to fill the gap. Because of scheduling issues, carnival rides weren’t available on Monday or Tuesday, but everything was set up in time for the annual Reading for Rides event on Wednesday.

The new carnival means no Zipper this year, but there are a number of rides for thrill-seekers, including the Starship 4000, Rock Star, Typhoon, Sizzler and some impressively tall swings.

For those who want a more relaxed ride experience, the Ferris Wheel offers a nice birds-eye view of the fairgrounds.

Of course, there are also plenty of rides for the smaller set…

…and food vendors that include some new options as well as old favorites.

People lined up at 2pm on Thursday to wait for the carnival to open, but on Saturday, rides are scheduled to begin at 12pm.

Also for the kids — or the young at heart — is a Gellyball course, which is a returning activity from last year.

While the rides and the food are fun, the main point of the Kent County Youth Fair is for kids from around the county to show off the animals they have raised and the projects they have worked on all year long.

The fair is an opportunity for these youth to strut their stuff…whether they are showing an exotic-looking chicken….

…or a plump pig…

…or demonstrating their horsemanship.

It’s not all animals either. There were performing arts…

…and still exhibits too.

In the end, all that hard work eventually pays off when exhibits and animals are auctioned off.

The Kent County Youth Fair is a unique opportunity for youth and visitors alike. After all, where else are you going to see a boy hanging out with a chicken on a table?

You have one more day to visit the fair. Ruthie is waiting to greet you.

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