Ben Johnson, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform Saturday, August 10, at the Fairfax Fair.

The Fairfax Optimist Club invites the community to the 54th Annual Fairfax Fair August 9 and 10. The theme for this year is “Barn in the USA – A Salute to Rural America.”

By Friday evening Fairfax City Park will be filled with game and refreshment stands. Opening ceremonies will be at 6:15 p.m. Friday followed by the Little Mr. and Miss Fairfax Contest, the Baby/Youth Show, and the Miss Fairfax and Junior Miss Fairfax contests. Dance on the Slab will begin at 9:00 p.m.

Parade registration will be at the football field at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Old-Time Tractor Reunion will start at 10:00 a.m. The parade will start down Main Street at 11:00 a.m. Optimists will conclude the parade by tossing out ping pong balls from their float – each worth a prize to be claimed near the stage following the parade. Food/drink and game booths will open following the parade.

Saturday night’s festivities will begin with a performance by an Elvis tribute artist. Ben Johnson began this singing career four years ago at the age of 18, and has performed for thousands of people and in many different venues. Ben’s dream is to show people of today who Elvis truly was back in the 50s and 60s. His mastery of Elvis’ voice and  the authenticity of how the early Elvis sounded, how he sang, talked, and dressed, is quite evident in Ben’s performances.

Ben says “Elvis is my passion, my hobby, my hero, but Jesus Christ is my King.” A very talented young man, Ben also sings tributes to other great singers, such as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Glenn Campbell, and Tom Jones.

Entertainment will continue with local talent following the Elvis tribute.

Dance on the Slab will begin at 9:00 p.m.

Community church services will be held in the park Sunday, August 11, at 10:30 a.m.

The After Prom Committee will hold a dinner Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the Fairfax Community Room.

A tractor pull is also planned for Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. It will be held along Hwy. 59 across from the convenience store.

All individuals, classes and organizations wanting to reserve space at the Fairfax City Park August 9 and 10 should contact Jim Ball at 660-920-9205.