It's a never-ending effort that lasts all year long.

— It's a never-ending effort that lasts all year long.

And today, the show begins.

"We're in good shape this year," said Roger Dirlam, president of the Wayne County Fair Board.

The 151st edition of the fair kicks off today at the fairgrounds just north of Honesdale and runs through Saturday, Aug. 10.

A major change for the fair this year is having the major musical act on the first night of the festivities.

Justin Moore will be having a live show starting at 8 p.m. in the grandstands.

Diane Mott, fair secretary, said ticket sales have been strong for the show. Fair officials added 800 seats for the concert and Mott is hopeful there will be a large crowd on hand.

More than 3,000 tickets have already been sold for the Moore show and more are available at the fair office up to the time of the show.

Reserved seats are $30 and grandstand seats are $20.

The Moore show and the two monster truck shows are the only events which require more than the general admission price to the fairgrounds.

The monster truck shows will be Thursday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 10. Both shows start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.

All other entertainment at the fair comes with the general admission price of $8 per person.

That includes unlimited rides on the midway.

Dirlam said final preparations at the midway took place on Thursday, including a walk-through inspection by local officials.

Dirlman called the $8 admission price "important" for the fair committee because they want to make the fair affordable for everyone.

Mott said some of the fairs in upstate New York have "priced themselves out" for many people. That, she said, has caused many summer camp officials in that area to bus the children to the Wayne County Fair.

"The camps are more supportive," said Dirlam.

He also noted the fair is open 11 hours per day, saying for $8 "that's a lot of riding."

Another huge unknown each year for the fair is the weather.

"It's looking pretty good right now," said Dirlam.

According to the 10-day forecast on The Weather Channel website, only scattered rain is predicted for two or three days during the fair.

Dirlam said not only is dry weather good for the many shows and acts, seasonal temperatures are good for the many animals which are entered in the fair as well as working animals.

For example, he said market pigs have to be between a weight of 225 and 275 pounds. If the weather is hot, they can lose that weight quickly and if it is cold, they could get overfed.

Even with all of the recent rains, Dirlam said the grounds are "all in good shape."

This week, he said, organizers refurbished the track so it is in good shape for the harness racing events.

Another major boost to the fair this year is the number of entires in the open classes, commonly known to most as the "red barn" area.

Mott said 97 more people entered items in the fair this year, which she said is a huge jump in entrants.

It means more paperwork for fair officials, but Mott said it is a good thing to have that many more people involved in the fair.

Officials are also hoping for strong general attendance at the fair this year. Dirlam said he believes there is "excitement" building around the event and believes many will come out for all of the activities.

The record attendance for the fair is 93,825 people for the nine-day event.

Wednesday night could see strong attendance with a live concert by Black Jack Billy, a band which has been getting a lot of attention in recent months.

They have been getting a lot of play on Sirius satellite radio and all indications are it will be a lively show.

That event is free with the purchase of a general admission for $8.

A fireworks show sponsored by The Wayne Independent will follow the concert.

Of course one of the main focuses of the fair revolves around 4-H. The 4-H youth have worked all year on their entries and now its their "Super Bowl."

"There are a lot of entires," said Mott of the 4-H youth.

Dirlam said it is "hard to believe" that with the disappearing amount of family farms in the county there are still a large amount of entries.

"They are so supportive," he said of everyone involved with agriculture in the county.

He also said the local business community has been very supportive over the years and continues to do so when it comes to the Wayne County Fair.

Dirlam pointed out that because of the local business being so supportive, the carnival people, other vendors and more support them.

"They buy locally as well," he said.

Another new part of the fair this year is the Make-A-Wish deluxe playhouses which are being raffled. This is through the Wayne County Builders Association and all will be on display at the fairgrounds.

None of it, however, would be possible without the support of the public, said Dirlam.

"If the public was not coming out and supporting us, we would not have a fair," said Dirlam.

He also pointed out the many volunteers who help make the fair possible. Dirlam said there are also 150 people in the fair payroll, from ticket takers to security.

All of that adds up to a successful event, he added. That includes the many vendors who will be selling their goods during the fair.

"It is full," he said of the vendor list.

Following are the vendors who are at the fair:

• Aerus Electrolux

• Aigner

• Aldenville Lumber

• American Choice

• Anderson, Graceann

• Anderson's Maple Farm

• Andy Box

• Aqua Leisur

• Audible Hearing

• Baer Sports Center

• Barbizon School Of Modeling

• Bates, Brian

• Bath Savers

• Bethany UMC

• Bethany Village

• Box, Kathryn

• Burawski,Carol

• Cando, Jose

• Carrie Ralston

• Casa Granita

• Changed To G 56&57

• Cheffo Christine

• Chilly's Soap & Gift Shop

• Circle T Tack

• Ciucci Margaret

• Community Driver Sfty

• Cook, Connie

• Cosmos Crystal

• Cozy Lake Satellite

• Creative Signs Novotny

• Danielle's Photography

• Dave's Cards

• Dotter, Gary

• Downhome Pudding

• Dunkin Donuts

• EKJ Connessions

• Eisaman, Linda

• Ernie's Food

• Evarts, Mary

• Exterior Strucuters

• Figura, Dan

• Friends Of Football Nancy Hart

• Gatto, Michael

• Geraldo's Pizza

• Gina Lenz photography

• Gregory, Bonnie

• Grizzly's

• Gyro Palace 1

• Hadu, Debbie

• Halloran Farm

• Hansen Equip Inc

• Hartman Nicole

• Hawley Diner

• Healing Zone

• Honesdale Crch Of Christ

• Honesdale Jaycees

• Hosmer, Lynne

• Hsdl Natl Bank

• Hunt, Roger

J & Jr Inc

• JC Plotkin And Son Shoe Co.

• Jardine Stone Concessions

• Jeremy Patton

• Joel Newman

• Kathi Hallet

• Keller, Roberta

• Kinsman

• Kittys Corner

• Klinger, Alvin

• Kranzel, Dorothy

• Krupa, John

• Lindsey Lawn & Garden

• Lippert, Thomas

• Living Country

• Lord Kathey

• Louis Cando

• Loven, Mary

• Lyons, Sue

• Madigan, Bernadette

• Marchione Family

• Marge Firestone

• Marsden's Air Brush

• Marshall Machinery

• Martin, Frank R

• Mary Loven

• Mason, Jim & Joann

• Metzger, Richard

• Mg Imports, LLC

• Michael Karovnos

• Michaels-Shimmel, Brenda

• Michaels, Karen

• Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing

• Mommy And Me Consignments

• Mootz, Michael

• Morrison, William

• NEP Sno-Trails

• Norton Carrie

• Novotny's Concessions

• Nuts For Nuts

• O'jevich Mary

• Old Country Style Almonds

• One Woman's Junk

• Pampered Chief Step Ani Jones

• Perricone, Wayne

• Petiak, Judy

• Petroskys Pierogies

• Phyl Your Bags

• Post Concessions

• Pro-Life

• R 3 Hardware

• Red Box Corp

• Remax Of Wayne Co.

• Rent-E-Quip

• Rikley's Concessions LLC

• Roba Tree Farm

• Rts Truck Center

• Sal Conforto

• Santellan Margarita

• Santellan Margarito

• Schaefer's Brats

• Schell, Damian

• Schroeder Variety

• Slabtown Woodworks

• Something For Everyone

• Special Olympics - Area P

• Springhill Chimney Service

• Star Spa Services

• Strobel Fred

• Swetter, James

• Tallman, Gerald

• Tanwar, Shobha

• Terrones, Eric

• Texas #4 Fire Co.

• Thomas Lippert

• Three Wishes

• Tuzun Corp

• Wade Shows Jim

• Wallace Tractor & Equip

• Watson Bros

• Wax N' Wood

• Wayne Co. Democrats

• Wayne Co. Republicans

• Wayne County 4-H

• Wayne County Fair

• Weiner Bros Pizza

• Williams Robert

• Yunsup Ro

• Zarad, Jan

• Zarad, Simon