Children participate in the watermelon eating contest at last year’s White Pine County Fair. (Lukas Eggan/Ely Times photo)

Children participate in the watermelon eating contest at last year’s White Pine County Fair. (Lukas Eggan/Ely Times photo)

The annual White Pine County Fair is back this weekend, opening up  the fairgrounds on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.on Sunday. This year’s fair, which is put on by members of Beta Sigma Phi and 4-H, will include commercial vendors, 4-H and open class exhibits, entertainment, contests and more.

Joan Bassett, treasurer for the fair, said families should come out and see what the event has to offer.

“It is special because it is something the entire family can come out to and participate in for a very small amount of money,” Bassett said, referring to the free admission.

Bassett added the popular rock climbing wall that made its debut at last years fair will make a return this year. The Sagebrush Quilting Guild will also have a collection of their handmade quilts on display as well. As for exhibitors, Bassett said judges will be on hand to rank a variety of different projects.

“We’ll have art and photographs to things that people have grown all being judged,” she said.

Early registration for exhibits will be held on Aug. 14 from 5-7 p.m. and on Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for livestock will be held on Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibitors must decorate their own booths and be ready to display by 10 a.m. on the first day or they will forfeit their chance to compete.

In addition to the regular fair festivities, 4-H will also hold their annual livestock sale at the fairgrounds on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.