10 things not to miss on the last day of the fair

Today is the last day of the Johnson County fair. Here’s what you need to know from the viewpoint of a lifelong, unprofessional Johnson County fair-goer:

10. Never, ever pass the Farm Bureau Building without purchasing a $1 milkshake.

9. It cost $5 to park on the fairgrounds — well worth it.

8. You will witness some of the most creative art forms from Johnson County residents — young and mature — in Scott Hall. You must spend at least 60 minutes browsing in here, plus it’s air-conditioned. Congratulations to Grace Fundenberger on her grand champion drawing, grand champion painting and grand champion photography.

7. Did I mention the hog and cattle barns? And the horse arena? And the livestock pavilion? I’m a bit partial to the goats and sheep, but there is absolutely nothing better than a little pig getting loose on its way to the indoor arena.

6. Call me old-fashioned, but I absolutely enjoy watching mature men and women pitch horseshoes. I love the watching that U-shaped piece of steel being pitched through the air and the clinking sound it makes when it hits and encircles the metal stake — an instant three-point ringer. You can find this soothing sport west of the fair office, starting at 7 tonight.

5. And who can pass up the brightly lit and music-pounding midway? My all-time favorites still include riding the carousel and winning goldfish that never die by tossing ping-pong balls into the water-filled goldfish bowls. Today is Kiddies Day at the Midway from 1 to 5 p.m. An unlimited ride bracelet is $15. And Weekend Madness is from 6 p.m. to close. The unlimited ride bracelet is $22.

4. Did I mention music? Rural Route 3 is performing free at 7 p.m., and there is gospel music from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the “A” Tent, north of Scott Hall.

3. Somehow, probably because of my cousin Mark Hommel, our family has become die-hard Johnson County fair demolition derby fans. These guys and gals sure know how to put on a show — which continues tonight at 7 p.m. in the grandstands and is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

2. Don’t forget to check out all the 4-H exhibits — these kids worked hard and it shows. Congratulations.

1. Did I mention the milkshakes? And the steak sandwiches at the beef association stand?