CROWN POINT | Many attractions already have arrived as preparations continue for the 2013 Lake County Fair.
The fair kicks off with its preview night at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Gate admission is $2 per person for ages 9 and older. There also is a $2 parking charge. A wristband for unlimited access to rides costs $15 that day.
Rides, games, concessions and food vendors will be available, but no buildings will be open and no grandstand or arena shows are scheduled for the preview night.
The fair will be in full swing Friday through Aug. 11.
Gates open at 9 a.m. those days and buildings start opening at 10. Closing times can vary, but it will be no later than midnight.
Gate admission and parking are free before 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
After 3 p.m. those days and all day Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, gate admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 9 to 12 and free for children ages 8 and younger. Parking at the fairgrounds is $4.
Fair spokeswoman Arlene Marcinek said a new south entrance has been created at the fairgrounds. It has double lanes, which could be helpful for motorists, she said.
Those looking to avoid traffic there can use the fair's free parking and shuttle service, which is available starting at noon each day at Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main St.
Marcinek said horse shows and grandstand programs are among the highlights of the fair.
The grandstand will have four days of super cross motorcycle and quad racing. That attraction was available only two days in 2012.
"That's very popular this year," Marcinek said.
Monster truck shows scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday will feature new trucks and "mini-monster trucks," Marcinek said.
She said the fair's carnival rides are popular among the younger fair-goers.
Full-day wristbands can be bought Friday through Aug. 10 for $25 for each day. Half day wristbands are available at reduced prices those days. On Aug. 11, a full-day wristband costs $18.
Mega ride passes are available for unlimited rides during all 10 days of the fair. The cost is $55 through Wednesday. The price increases to $65 Thursday.
The fair has many other family-friendly events, including 4-H showcases, contests and demonstrations.
There are various themed days at the fair, including The Times Media Co. Day on Saturday. The Times also sponsors a homing pigeon release scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8. The program is a tribute to past and present military.
Visit www.lake-county-fair.com or the secretary’s office at the fairgrounds for information about the fair.