Pigs, sword swallowers and magic, oh my: it’s fair time

Kenai Peninsula Fair

The Kenai Peninsula Fair runs Friday through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Events include up-and-coming country-western act 4th + Main, Dan the Sword Swallower, Blackwater Railroad Company and the ever popular Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs. Don’t miss pie eating and fish throwing contests, the rodeo, the Ninilchik Rocks art hunt, and Red Shirt Friday, where visitors wear red shirts to “remember everyone deployed.” At 1:30 p.m. Friday everyone is welcome to be part of a tribute heart gathering.

With their youthful energy, 4th + Main combines a modern sound with a classic, four-part approach to music. Featuring Chase McDaniel, Randy Austin, Chris Chavez, and Blake Whitlock, the band combines classic harmonies with modern vocal stylings. For the first time ever, the fair features a staple of carnival acts worldwide, Dan Meyer the Sword Swallower. Returning to the fairground stage after its performance at Salmonfest, folk-rock group Blackwater Railroad Company features songs written by frontman Tyson Davis.

For more information, visit www.kenaipeninsulafiar.com.

A goat peers over the bar of its pen Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A goat peers over the bar of its pen Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Guy Lane carves a bear statue while onlookers watch Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. Lane works at Alaska Bear Factory LLC, owned by Kim Sangder, which just moved down from Sterling to Homer. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Guy Lane carves a bear statue while onlookers watch Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. Lane works at Alaska Bear Factory LLC, owned by Kim Sangder, which just moved down from Sterling to Homer. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

One of the pigs in Friday’s pig races, “Jake,” sponsored by State Farm, takes off from the gate on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. Members of the surrounding crowd placed bets on their favored pig, with all the money going to support the fair. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

One of the pigs in Friday’s pig races, “Jake,” sponsored by State Farm, takes off from the gate on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. Members of the surrounding crowd placed bets on their favored pig, with all the money going to support the fair. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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