Taylor County Fair: Chock-full of activities this year

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By Larry Rowell

Are you looking for good family entertainment that's close to home, has something for every member of the family and offers a solid bang for your buck? Then look no further than the 11th annual Taylor County Fair at the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

New this year will be a corn hole tournament on Saturday, June 23 at 3 p.m., according to Harold Young, Taylor County Fair Board president.

Kissel Entertainment will also bring several different rides to the midway June 23-28, Young said.

Admission to the fair is $8 per person and that includes all rides and shows.

The fair officially began Saturday, June 14 with the youth horse show and the Tommie Johns Memorial Horse Show.

The fair continues tomorrow with the Open Dairy Show at 10 a.m. and the Open Meat Goat Show at 7:30 p.m.

Instead of one drawing for a large monetary prize like last year, more money will be awarded to winners of the shows and contests, Young said.

The Coca-Cola Talent Contest, for ages 13 to 21, kicks off Monday at 8 p.m. under the big tent. Prizes will be awarded for a vocal category, solo or group; dance category, solo or ensemble; and an acrobatic/gymnastic solo or group.

The top three winners will be eligible to compete for more than $3,000 in cash and trophies at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.

A highlight of the fair is Monday's Q-104 Dancing with the Fair Stars, where local "celebrities" will shake a leg for a chance to win a $650 first-place prize. This year's dancers include Bam Carney and Kayla Epley, Damarco and Chris Richardson, Terry Pennington and Renee Dobson, David and Debbie Nunery, John and Shelly Miller, Clint Graham and Erika Graham Gaines, Dr. Eugene and Susan Shively, Tim and Ione Ford and Jeremy Taylor and Megan Reynolds.

In addition to the competing couples, entertainment will be provided by Lile and Ivy Warf who recently won Greensburg's Dancing with the Stars event. Local dance instructor Todd Sharp will also dance in exhibition.

Tuesday evening will showcase the Miss Taylor County Fair Pageant and Miss Pre-Teen Pageant with registration for both from 5 to 7 p.m. The Miss Taylor County Pageant is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with Miss Pre-Teen to follow. The entry fee for Miss Taylor County Teen is $25 for girls ages 16 to 21. For Miss Pre-Teen, the entry fee is also $25 for girls ages 8 to 12.

The Demolition Derby, offering a $1,000 first-place prize, fires up at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Fair events continue Wednesday with the Little Miss and Mister pageant at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Mrs. Taylor County Fair and the Miss Teen Taylor County Fair. The CKPA Tractor Pull, sponsored by Clementsville Motorsports, caps off the night.

Thursday at 8 p.m. is the Q-104 Open Talent Night with four divisions: children ages 10 and under; pre-teen ages 11 to 15; teen ages 16 to 20 and adult ages 21 and up. The CKPA Tractor Pull begins at 7:30 p.m.

The band Ruff-Cut will perform Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. under the big tent. The KTPA Truck Pull, featuring tractors and trucks, also begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday evening, June 28, the Miss and Mister Baby Taylor County Fair contest begins at 6:30 p.m. with registration from 4 to 6 p.m. The Miss and Mister Toddler Taylor County Fair follows at 8 p.m.

The Clementsville Motorsports Mud Run will round out Saturday evening's events at 8 p.m.

The fair officially closes Thursday, July 3 with the K-Country 105.7 Colgate Country Showdown beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Showdown is America's largest country music talent search, and admission is free to the public.

For more information on fair events, contact the Taylor County Fair Association at 465-0790 or Young at 789-7400.

- Larry Rowell is a Kentucky Press Association summer intern. Contact him at lrowell@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.