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County fair begins Saturday

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By Calen McKinney

 

From food to fast rides and fun, the Taylor County Fair offers something for everyone. Events officially kick off on Saturday.

Final preparations are in high gear, according to Taylor County Fair Association President Mike Litchfield, to make sure everything is ready.

He said Fair Board members begin planning the next fair shortly after the current one ends.

Events are slow to plan until January, Litchfield said, when events and acts are booked. Then planning starts falling into place.

"It's a year-round process," he said.

There are about 20 fair board members and just as many junior fair board members. All positions are volunteer.

He said junior members have organized some new events this year, from laser tag to a dunking booth and cornhole tournament and more.

"We're always looking for different things and ways to improve," he said. "You can't ever have too much help."

Dennis Beach will do chainsaw carvings at the fair this year. Litchfield said four will be auctioned each night, beginning Tuesday, to raise money for the fair association's youth scholarship. A carving is also donated to raise money for Toys for Kids.

The fair will host a karaoke competition this year on Saturday night. Magician Mark Comley will perform shows on Monday through Saturday, a first for the fair.

"Something different," Litchfield said. "A different type of entertainment."

Family Night will be Tuesday and those going to the fair will get in for $8 instead of $10.

"We're trying to do things that kinda give back to the community," Litchfield said. "We want to have a good fair, but we also want to try to help out."

On Friday, part of the proceeds from admission will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Children can participate in a mutton busting and pig catching this year, which will be Tuesday during the fair's first miniature horse show.

Several popular events will return to the fair this year, from a pet show to a number of pageants and truck pulls.

Litchfield said fair board members want to be sure those who aren't tall enough to ride the rides, at shorter than 36 inches, still have plenty of fun at the fair.

As such, a free pony ride will be given to children on Monday through Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. Outside of that time, rides are $5.

The majority of the events at the fair are free with paid admission, Litchfield said, though some will require an additional cost.

For the fourth year in a row, he said, Myers International Midways will set up the rides for this year's fair.

"They're kind of cream of the crop around here," Litchfield said.

Litchfield said Board members strive to make the fairgrounds look nice and provide events for the public to attend, not just a carnival of rides.

About 12,500 people attended last year's fair, which was record setting for the fair's 14-year history, Litchfield said, and about 2,400 people more than those who attended in 2011.

Litchfield said he is hopeful last year's record will be beaten this year. He said he is appreciative of the volunteers and sponsors for this year's fair.

"We could not do it without the gracious sponsors."

"It's Campbellsville's and Taylor County's fair," he said. "It's not the Taylor County Fair Board's fair. It's for the community."

In anticipation of a large crowd this year, Litchfield asks that those attending the fair have their money ready to pay admission so lines aren't long.

Midway rides will begin Monday and open at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5.

Fair admission is $10, except for Family Night on Tuesday when admission is $8. Admission to this Saturday's beef and horse shows is $5.

Children shorter than 36 inches tall can't ride the rides, Litchfield said, and will be admitted free.

For more about the fair, visit www.taylorcountyfair.org.

This Year's Events

Saturday

Though rides won't begin until Monday, the fair opens on Saturday with its annual beef, dairy and youth shows.

The Taylor County Fair Open Dairy Show and Open Youth Show will begin at 10 a.m. at the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

Breeds competing will be Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein and Jersey, red and white. No cattle will be allowed before 6 a.m. on Saturday and all cattle must be on the grounds by 9:30 a.m. The gate will open at 8 a.m.

The Taylor County Fair Open Beef Show will begin at 6 p.m. Check-in will be required one hour before show time.

Bull and heifer classes will be offered and breeds include Angus, Hereford, Charolais, Limousin, Polled Herford, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn, Simmental and Crossbreed.

The Taylor County Youth Horse Show will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Taylor County Fairgrounds and will feature costume and stick horse contests as well as lead line and other classes.

The lead line and stick horse contests have no entry fee. Other contests have a $2 entry fee. All exhibitors must be age 17 and younger.

The annual Tommie Johns Memorial Championship Horse Show will begin at 6 p.m. The American Legion color guard will do a presentation at the start of the show, which has 40 classes of competition. Entry fees vary from $15 to $35.

Admission to the shows on Saturday is $5 and concessions will be available.

For more information about the beef, dairy or youth shows, call Steve Martin at 403-4630. For more information about this year's horse shows, contact Anna Johns at 465-6797.

Monday

Midway rides open on Monday night, with gates opening every night through the last night of the fair on Saturday at 5 p.m. and rides starting at 6.

Kentucky Crafters will offer homemaking demonstrations, art, jewelry and more on Monday through Saturday.

Dennis D. Beach chainsaw carver will be at the fair from Monday through Saturday.

Carvings will be auctioned beginning Tuesday and continuing through Saturday night at 8 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the fair association's youth scholarship program.

The Kentucky Kate Milking Cow will be at the fair on Monday through Saturday and Little Ponderosa Zoo will offer a petting zoo those days.

This year's go kart race will be Monday at 8 p.m. There will be seven classes of racing. For more information, call J&M Motor Sports at 465-6481 or Brandon Cox at 849-5784.

The junior fair board will host Red Dragon laser tag on Monday through Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. They will also have a dunking booth, with local celebrities participating, on Monday through Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. The board will also sell concessions to raise money.

Magician Mark Comley will perform a show on Monday through Saturday and there will be a cornhole tournament this year with an $800 first-place prize. The top teams after competing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7 will advance to the final competition on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Miss Pre-Teen Taylor County Fair pageant is set for Monday at 8 p.m. The pageant is for girls ages 8 to 12.

The Miss Teen Taylor County Fair pageant will follow the Miss Pre-Teen Taylor County Fair pageant. This pageant is for girls ages 13 to 15.

For more information about pageants, contact Susan Seaborne at 403-4662 or visit www.taylorcountyfair.org for rules, regulations and registration forms and fees.

Tuesday

Tuesday, this year's Family Night at the fair, will be a night of new events. Admission will be $8 on Tuesday night.

A miniature horse show will begin at 7 p.m., a first for the Taylor County Fair. There are 16 classes. Entry fee is $15. First place will receive $50.

Mutton busting and pig catching will be during breaks in the miniature horse show. Children age 14 and younger can participate. Each participate will receive a prize.

For more information about the miniature horse show or the mutton busting, call Paul Malone at 789-8720 or Travis Gilpin at (859) 913-6035.

This year's Finest Family Farm award will be presented at 7 p.m.

The fair go to the dogs when Taylor County's SPCA group hosts a Pets on Parade and 4-H dog show and cat photo contest on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Registration is $10 per dog and $5 for cat photo.

For more information, contact Taylor County SPCA Treasurer Michelle Fletchall at (763) 607-0729 or Shellie Kendall at 849-5500.

Taylor County 4-H will have an exhibit booth on Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Miss Taylor County Fair pageant will be Tuesday at 8 p.m. The pageant is for girls ages 16 to 21.

The Mrs. Taylor County Fair pageant will begin after the Miss Taylor County Fair swimsuit competition. The pageant is for women age 21 and older. Contestants must be married, living with her husband and of good moral character.

Wednesday

A gospel showcase on Wednesday will feature traditional and contemporary Christian acts, including Gospel Cavaliers, Mary Kutter, Buddy Willingham, Les Milby, Allie Shea Hash and Revived. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Mike Litchfield at 789-9468 or Anna Johns at 465-6797.

The annual Target for Christ archery shoot by Mt. Roberts Baptist Church will be Wednesday through Saturday. A bow and arrow will be given away.

KTPA will sponsor a truck pull on Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, call Steve Martin at 403-4630.

Thursday

The Miss and Mister Toddler Taylor County Fair pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The pageant will feature eight competition categories for boys and girls ages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The Little Mister & Miss Taylor County Fair pageant will follow the toddler pageant at 8 p.m. The pageant is for couples ages 5 to 7.

KTPA will sponsor another truck pull on Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, call Steve Martin at 403-4630.

Taylor County 4-H will host a tractor and lawn tractor driving contest at 3 p.m. for youth ages 9 to 18. For more information, call 465-4511.

Friday

Friday night will be Wounded Warrior Night, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Coca-Cola Talent Classic will be Friday at 7 p.m. The competition is open to those ages 13 to 21. Entries will be accepted in several categories, including vocal/instrumental solo or group, dance solo and ensemble and acrobatic gymnastic solo or group variety. Top three winners will compete at the Kentucky State Fair. For more information, call Janet Edwards at 465-1850.

The fair's Open Talent Show will follow the Coca-Cola Talent Classic. Entry fee is $10 per act and three prizes will be given, with $50 going to first place.

There will be five age groups, with people of any age allowed to compete. For more information, call Janet Edwards at 465-1850.

Kentucky Truck Tuggers will host a truck tug of war on Friday at 7 p.m. There are four classes. For more information, call Melanie Wiley at (502) 219-0806 or Travis Gilpin at (859) 913-6035.

Saturday

Fair and Faira Bear from the Kentucky State Fair will be at the Taylor County fairgrounds on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Taylor County Fair Idol will be Saturday at 7 p.m. Ten finalists will each perform in hopes of winning the competition. For more information, listen to Q-104 or visit myq104.com.

The fair's Karaoke Contest will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday with two age divisions, those 12 and younger and 13 and older. First place in each will receive $99 and a trophy. For more information, call Keith Bricken at 469-8899 or Adam Mitchell at 572-6163, owners of Ready Go Karaoke, or Susan Seaborne at 403-4462.

This year's mud race will be Saturday at 8 p.m. There are several classes. For more information, call James Hall at (859) 983-5692.

For more information about the fair, visit www.taylorcountyfair.org.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 1

• 8 a.m. - Gates open

• 10 a.m. - Open Dairy Show

• 2:30 p.m. - Youth Horse Show

• 6 p.m. - Open Beef Show

• 6 p.m. - American Legion Color Guard presentation

• 6 p.m. - Tommie Johns Memorial Championship Horse Show

Monday, June 3

• 5 p.m. - Gates open

• 5 p.m. - Little Ponderosa petting zoo

• 5 p.m. - Laser tag and dunking booth

• 5 p.m. - Dennis D. Beach chainsaw carver

• 5 p.m. - Mark Comley magic show

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky arts and crafts

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky Kate milking cow

• 6 p.m. - Myers International Midway opens

• 7 p.m. - Cornhole tournament

• 8 p.m. - GoKart race

• 8 p.m. - Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Teen Taylor County Fair pageants

Tuesday, June 4

• 5 p.m. - Gates open

• 5 p.m. - Little Ponderosa petting zoo

• 5 p.m. - Laser tag and dunking booth

• 5 p.m. - Dennis D. Beach chainsaw carver

• 5 p.m. - Mark Comley magic show

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky arts and crafts

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky Kate milking cow

• 6 p.m. - Myers International Midway opens

• 7 p.m. - Pets on Parade SPCA dog show and cat photo contest

• 7 p.m. - Finest Family Farm Award winner announced

• 7 p.m. - Miniature horse show

• 7 p.m. - Mutton busting and pig catching

• 7 p.m. - Cornhole tournament

• 8 p.m. - Miss and Mrs. Taylor County Fair pageants

• 8 p.m. - Auction of chainsaw carvings

Wednesday, June 5

• 5 p.m. - Gates open

• 5 p.m. - Little Ponderosa petting zoo

• 5 p.m. - Laser tag and dunking booth

• 5 p.m. - Mark Comley magic show

• 5 p.m. - Dennis D. Beach chainsaw carver

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky arts and crafts

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky Kate milking cow

• 6 p.m. - Myers International Midway opens

• 6 p.m. - On Target for Christ Archery

• 7 p.m. - Gospel Music Showcase

• 7 p.m. - Cornhole tournament

• 7 p.m. - KTPA Truck Pull

• 8 p.m. - Auction of chainsaw carvings

Thursday, June 6

• 5 p.m. - Gates open

• 5 p.m. - Little Ponderosa petting zoo

• 5 p.m. - Laser tag and dunking booth

• 5 p.m. - Dennis D. Beach chainsaw carver

• 5 p.m. - Mark Comley magic show

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky arts and crafts

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky Kate milking cow

• 6 p.m. - Myers International Midway opens

• 6 p.m. - On Target for Christ Archery

• 6:30 p.m. - Miss and Mister Toddler Taylor County Fair Pageant

• 7 p.m. - Cornhole tournament finals

• 7 p.m. - KTPA Truck Pull

• 8 p.m. - Little Mister and Miss Taylor County Fair Pageant

• 8 p.m. - Auction of chainsaw carvings

Friday, June 7

• 5 p.m. - Gates open

• 5 p.m. - Little Ponderosa petting zoo

• 5 p.m. - Laser tag and dunking booth

• 5 p.m. - Dennis D. Beach chainsaw carver

• 5 p.m. - Mark Comley magic show

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky arts and crafts

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky Kate milking cow

• 6 p.m. - Myers International Midway opens

• 6 p.m. - On Target for Christ Archery

• 7 p.m. - Coca-Cola Talent Classic with Open Talent Contest following

• 7 p.m. - Kentucky Truck Tuggers

• 8 p.m. - Auction of chainsaw carvings

Saturday, June 8

• 5 p.m. - Gates open

• 5 p.m. - Little Ponderosa petting zoo

• 5 p.m. - Laser tag and dunking booth

• 5 p.m. - Dennis D. Beach chainsaw carver

• 5 p.m. - Mark Comley magic show

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky arts and crafts

• 5 p.m. - Kentucky Kate milking cow

• 6 p.m. - Myers International Midway opens

• 6 p.m. - On Target for Christ Archery

• 6 p.m. - Fair Bear and Faira Bear from the Kentucky State Fair

• 6 p.m. - Central Kentucky Radio Control Pullers

• 7 p.m. - Q-104 Taylor County Fair Idol

• 7 p.m. - Central Kentucky Radio Control Pullers

• 8 p.m. - Hall's Motorsports Mud Run

• 8 p.m. - Karaoke Contest

• 8 p.m. - Auction of chainsaw carvings

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