by: Fairgrounds Photo  - Fair retinue for the 1944 fair, from left, Evelyn Kelley, Lorraine Long, Eva Lafferty, Queen Marcella Zemke adn Lolita Freeman.

   The Jefferson County Fair celebrates its 70th birthday this week -- and you're invited.
   The four-day event begins today, Wednesday, and wraps up Saturday with a Big Western Dance. Between opening day and the dance await animals galore, exhibitions, a carnival, great fair food, and a hay-truck load of various entertainment.
   Lonesome Road will play for Big Western Dance Saturday night; musician-comedian Joe Stoddard is back for three performances on both Wednesday and Thursday; Grupo Antifaz, the Hot Shot Dancers, and the popular Talent Show also offers great entertainment. Rodeo action awaits on both Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m.
   Once in the gates, all the entertainment is free. General admission for a day is $5, $15 for a four-day pass. Those under 12 are in for $3 for a day, while a Family Day Pass is just $15.
   Saturday night is also the annual 4-H and FFA Livestock auction, sponsored by the Jefferson County Livestock Association -- the apex of the season for many young people who have been raising animals for the fair.
   For more information on the 2003 Jefferson County Fair -- including detailed entertainment and exhibition schedules -- check the special publication in today's Pioneer. We'll see you there.
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