Spring fair coming to Pelham

The Oak Mountain Amphitheatre will host the Oak Mountain State Fair April 19-29. Th event will feature more than 25 rides, including a roller coaster and a giant Ferris wheel. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The area around Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre will be filled with everything from alligator wrestling to a giant Ferris wheel April 19-29, the venue hosts its first spring state fair.

The fair will open at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and will close at about 11 p.m. each night.

Amphitheatre General Manager Patrick Boone said the venue and its owner, LiveNation, worked with North America Midway to organize the spring fair after the success of fall fairs held at the venue.

“We’ve had a fair promoter come in and hold a fall fair each year, and we have done some great business with them,” Boone said. “The spring fair may even do a little better because people get spring fever and want to get out of the house.”

Adult tickets are $8 and kids’ tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased at Oakmountainstatefair.com.

Boone said the fair will feature more than 25 rides, such as the “Dizzy Dragon” and a tilt-a-whirl, and live performances such as “The Fearless Flores Thrill Show” and “Kachunga” wrestling 8-foot alligators.

Global Championship Wrestling, which has been featured on the CW21 and Spike TV television stations, will also hold shows each night. The fair will include a petting and feeding zoo featuring 75 farm animals, pony rides and pig races.

The event will include a band tent each night featuring local bands such as “Rollin’ in the Hay,” “Sexy Tractor” and “La Jefa Night.” Food vendors will be selling many different types of fair foods, such as corndogs, mini doughnuts and pizza.

For a complete list of bands, performances and food vendors, visit Oakmountainstatefair.com.