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Nine days of events highlight this year's fair

By Calen McKinney

 

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The Taylor County Fair is now under way, and will, for the first time, offer nine days of activities.

Mike Litchfield, president of the Taylor County Fair Association, said this year's fair will offer three more days of activities than in the past - and a new midway.

After learning Myers International Midways wouldn't offer carnival rides in Kentucky anymore, Litchfield said board members voted to contract with Miller Spectacular Shows to provide the midway rides this year.

"They have agreed to come in at an earlier date," he said. "And we are their first fair in Kentucky."

Having nine days of fair events, Litchfield said, will allow those who might be skeptical of the weather one day to be able to plan ahead to come another day.

Events kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the fairgrounds on New Lebanon Road. The fair officially ends after its events on Saturday, June 7. See a schedule of fair events at the bottom of this story. A schedule was also printed in the Monday, May 26, issue.

Miller employees are in Campbellsville now, Litchfield said, getting rides and other equipment ready. The company is based in Arkansas.

"These folks have rides that [Myers] did not have," Litchfield said.

Though the popular Freak Out ride won't be at the fair this year, he said, the company has promised several rides that rival its popularity.

In the past, Midway rides weren't operational the first day of the fair. But this year, they will begin tomorrow night and be open each night through next Saturday.

This year's fair will offer lots of firsts, Litchfield said, with one being a rodeo tomorrow night. The Spur 'N S Rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. Though the fair has offered a rodeo before, Litchfield said, it was more than 10 years ago.

Also a first, he said, will be a baby contest at 2 p.m. on Sunday and the midway being operational that day, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Back this year is a demolition derby next Friday, and Kentucky State Police troopers will be at the fair this year with an old car people can hit with a sledgehammer.

Popular events coming back this year, he said, are a chainsaw carver, magic show, gospel singing and other talent contests, a mud run and much more.

Local 4-H participants and Heavenly Haven Farm will operate this year's petting zoo, Litchfield said. A portion of proceeds collected at the zoo will benefit the Taylor County 4-H group.

After the open talent contest next Friday, Jody Medford and Cash Creek will sing "Moonshine."

Also next Friday, there will be a chicken eating and chicken dance contest, with board members teaming up with Lee's Famous Recipe for those events.

Family night is again on Tuesday, with admission reduced from $10 to $8.

For the other nights, admission to the fair will stay the same this year - at a $10 flat fee. Litchfield said for that fee, fairgoers can ride all they want and see all of the shows.

"For $10, we think that it's pretty value priced," he said. "There's good quality shows to go along with a good quality midway."

This Saturday, admission for exhibitors is $5 each. Those who want to ride midway rides must pay $10, however.

Litchfield said he wants to thank all local businesses, individuals and city and county government officials who have become partners with the board to make this year's fair possible. Support from the community, he said, has been great.

This year has lots of firsts and many new events, Litchfield said, and has truly been a learning experience for him and other board members.

Preparation for the fair kicked into high gear in January. Some bleachers were damaged in a tornado last December, Litchfield said, which was a bit of a setback. Since then, volunteers have painted and made improvements to the fairgrounds. The crew of about 15 to 25 volunteers is now working on putting up banners and making sure the grounds are mowed.

This year, Litchfield said, the fair will have an office on site for those who need help or information.

Litchfield said planning might seem like it will never be finished, but events start to come together the week before the fair begins.

"No matter how unorganized it felt two weeks ago," he said. "We think we put on a good quality fair."

For more information, visit www.taylorcountyfair.org.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 30

• 5 p.m. - Gates open

• 6 p.m. - Midway opens

• 7:30 p.m. - Spur'N S Rodeo

Saturday, May 31

• 8 a.m. - Gates open

• 10 a.m. - Open dairy show

• 2:30 p.m. - Youth horse show

• 6 p.m. - Midway opens, open beef show, American Legion Color Guard presentation and Tommie Johns Memorial Championship Horse Show

Sunday, June 1

• Noon - Gates open

• 1 p.m. - Midway opens, open miniature horse show

• 2 p.m. - Taylor County Fair baby pageant, Pets on Parade SPCA Open and 4-H Dog Show and Cat Photo Contest

• 6 p.m. - Midway closes

Monday, June 2

• 5 p.m. - Gates open, 4-H/Heavenly Haven Farm Petting Zoo opens, chainsaw carver begins, Mark Comley Magic Show begins, Kentucky Kate Milking Cow exhibit opens

• 6 p.m. - Midway opens, 4-H exhibits open

• 7 p.m. - GoKart Hot Laps

• 8 p.m. - GoKart race, Miss Pre-Teen Taylor County Fair and Miss Teen Taylor County Fair pageants begin

Tuesday, June 3

• 5 p.m. - Gates open, 4-H/Heavenly Haven Farm Petting Zoo opens, chainsaw carver begins, Mark Comley Magic Show begins, Kentucky Kate Milking Cow exhibit opens

• 6 p.m. - Midway opens, 4-H exhibits open

• 7 p.m. - Truck Tuggers, Monster Truck rides, Finest Family Farm Award given, Mutton Busting and Pig Catching during Truck Tugger breaks

• 8 p.m. - Miss Taylor County Fair and Mrs. Taylor County Fair pageants, auction of chainsaw carvings

Wednesday, June 4

• 5 p.m. - Gates open, 4-H/Heavenly Haven Farm Petting Zoo opens, chainsaw carver begins, Mark Comley Magic Show begins, Kentucky Kate Milking Cow and 4-H exhibits open

• 6 p.m. - Midway opens, On Target for Christ Archery opens

• 7 p.m. - Gospel Music Showcase, KTPA Truck Pull

• 8 p.m. - Auction of chainsaw carvings

Thursday, June 5

• 5 p.m. - Gates open, 4-H/Heavenly Haven Farm Petting Zoo opens, chainsaw carver begins, Mark Comley Magic Show begins, Kentucky Kate Milking Cow and 4-H exhibits open

• 6 p.m. - Midway opens, On Target for Christ Archery open

• 6:30 p.m. - Taylor County Fair Toddler pageant

• 8 p.m. - KTPA Truck Pull, Little Miss and Mr. Taylor County Fair pageant, auction of chainsaw carvings

Friday, June 6

• 5 p.m. - Gates open, 4-H/Heavenly Haven Farm Petting Zoo opens, chainsaw carver begins, Mark Comley Magic Show begins, Kentucky Kate Milking Cow exhibit opens

• 6 p.m. - Midway opens, 4-H exhibits, On Target for Christ Archery open

• 7 p.m. - Chicken eating contest, with chicken dance contest following, Coca-Cola Talent Classic with Open Talent Contest and Jody Medford & Cash Creek following

• 8 p.m. - Demolition Derby, auction of chainsaw carvings

Saturday, June 7

• 5 p.m. - Gates open, 4-H/Heavenly Haven Farm Petting Zoo opens, chainsaw carver begins, Mark Comley Magic Show begins, Kentucky Kate Milking Cow exhibit opens

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

• 7 p.m. - Taylor County Fair Idol

• 8 p.m. - Mud Run, karaoke contest, auction of chainsaw carvings

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