It's time once again for the Pottawatomie County Free Fair, Sept. 5-8, at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

It's time once again for the Pottawatomie County Free Fair, Sept. 5-8, at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

Shawnee is gearing up for its annual county fair with a 5 p.m. Thursday grand opening offering displays and events that will run through Saturday until 10 p.m., though locals should note a youth rodeo also will be in full swing at the grandstands Sunday morning.

As the fair prepares for the opening, the public may bring entries to the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center Wednesday at 3 p.m.

All day Friday is traditionally recognized as School Day for Kids. On that note, the Children’s Barnyard is available Thursday through Saturday.

This year makes the fair’s 80th year of providing agriculturally-themed activities, exhibits and events for Pottawatomie County.

Annual favorites still fill the schedule, such as the texting contest, farmhand olympics and tractor driving contests.

The carnival is open nightly from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, though Saturday hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Various exhibits and events are open to the public from 9 a.m. Thursday until the fair shuts down each night at 10 p.m. through Saturday.

An awards assembly will begin to wind the fair down at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The release of all entries, livestock and exhibits will be from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday. All exhibits must be picked up by 11 a.m.

For a full schedule or for more information, visit freefair.org.