Have fun and learn something, too, at the county fair.

Anyone interested in more than a little family-friendly fun that is easy on the wallet should plan on checking out one - or all - of the county fairs across the state beginning in late August and running through September.

The Pottawatomie County Fair will be Sept. 5-7 at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee. Admission to the livestock shows and exhibit halls are free.

"The best part about the county fair is that it's a lot fun, you can learn something and it's a great chance to soak up some local flavor," Cathleen Taylor, OSU 4-H Extension Educator said.

"There'll be 4-H and Oklahoma Home and Community Education, Inc., educational displays and a variety of exhibits on everything from photography to woodwork to classic needlework to floral projects."

Year after year, the animals are among the most popular county fair attractions. If that is on your must-see list, Taylor recommended visiting www.freefair.org<http://www.freefair.org> in advance for the best days and times to visit because, some animals may be in the show ring when you arrive. Also check out the schedule for the interactive Children's Barn Yard and petting area.

There is something for everyone at the Fair, whether showing off your own talents and creations, or marveling at the talents of others. The complete list of items which can be entered into the fair can be found on-line at www.freefair.org<http://www.freefair.org>, or you can contact the OSU Extension Office for a printed copy of the section you are interested in entering.

Exhibitors can drop off their creations on Wednesday, Sept. 4- from 3-6 p.m. If viewing items is more your style then come out starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 to visit the exhibit hall and commercial booths.

For more information about the Pottawatomie County Fair, contact the Extension office at 405-273-7683 or visit www.freefair.org<http://www.freefair.org>.