“Apples and Berries and Pies, oh my!” The now-familiar phrase and its accompanying smiley-faced fruit will once again set the mood for this area’s biggest party, the Key Peninsula Community Fair.

But the fun starts a week early. This year a camp for young bull whackers is offered. There are oxen to tend. Pioneer kids’ Wagon Camp lets kids of all ages experience life in the 1800s. The campers will participate in cooking skills, churning butter, pioneer games, and learning to groom and work with 7,000- pound oxen.

Bull Whackin’ Kass will bring pioneer trail diaries to life on the Saturday before the KP Fair. That’s Saturday, Aug. 14. Have Bull Whackin’ Kass answer your questions and invite you to camp by calling 509-826-0821.

The Key Peninsula Fair official opening is at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20. Boy Scout Troop 222 will present the colors and Jocelyn Roberts will sing the national anthem. Opening times remain the same every day. The Tractor Show opens Saturday and the Blues Passage Band opens Sunday. Featured all three days will be the Old World Oxen Living History Co., woodcarving demonstrations and auctions, the Grey Eagle Veterans drum, exhibit judging, pony rides, petting zoo, and a stocked fish tank. The Antique Tractor Show and tractor pulls will be featured at 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Different exhibits will be judged each day. The schedule is: Friday, sewing and photography; Saturday, floral, vegetables and food art; and, Sunday, dogs, reptiles and herpetological entries.

The entertainment lineup is packed with musicians, jugglers, clowns, performing pigs, magicians and comedy acts.

Many favorites are returning to please the crowd and lots of new acts have been added.

There will be plenty of food and treats offered to put in your stomach before you get on those carnival rides. Even the carnival is bigger and better than ever, organizers said. When you are ready to stop and rest a while, there are tables and chairs where the family can sit and enjoy refreshments and a beer garden where the over-21 crowd can relax.

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Renaissance Faire brings knights, wares, fun