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Fair begins this weekend with horse and western show

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The LaRue County Fair, historically held the first week of August or the last week of July, is scheduled for June 14-22.

By Linda Ireland

The 106th LaRue County Fair begins Friday, June 14 – several weeks earlier than usual – with the saddlebred horse show.

Saturday, June 15, is the all new Western Night and Cowboy Sports featuring David Davis with his trick horses and the Kentucky Cowboy Mounted Shooters.

Davis and his black and white overo horses appear at cowboy church services, horse shows, rodeos and training clinics, according to fair board member and show manager Tom Smith.

The mounted shooters will shoot .45 caliber single action revolvers (loaded with blanks) from horseback during their part of the show, said Smith. Their targets will be balloons on poles at a distance of about 15 feet.

The group puts on “armed robbery” shows for the Kentucky Railway Museum.

Lauren Clark will also put on a barrel racing demonstration.

The first 35 children, age 10-and-under, will receive a free cowboy hat.

The carnival, Kissel Entertainment, rolls into town on Monday, June 17, with rides open at 6 p.m.

The availability of Kissel is the main reason the fair is being held early this year, said Fair Board vice president Ann “Snookie” Morrison. There will be 14 to 15 “quality” rides, games and food booths.

Old favorites will return – including a tractor pull on Tuesday, June 18. Dale Dobson, safety coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will have a farm safety display that night as well.

The mud run is Friday, June 21. The demolition derby and mud bogg will be Saturday, June 22.

Wednesday is The LaRue County Herald News’ Night. All staff will be present at the fair that night, the booth will offer giveaways, and a $1 off admission coupon is available in today’s paper.

A new event has been added to the fair lineup: A spaghetti-eating contest will be at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, in front of the Pizza Zone booth. Pizza Zone owner Beth Keith said there is no entry fee. She is looking for local celebrities who might like to participate.

Sign up by calling Pizza Zone at 325-2252 or at the fair. It’s limited to the first 10 entries. First place will be awarded.

Beauty pageants will be held in the Morrison building; baby contests will be in the air-conditioned Phelps building.

Wednesday’s go-kart races will be at the back of the fairgrounds at the old horse ring.

The gospel singing on June 21, has been revamped, according to Fair board member Tom Smith.

Witness from First Baptist Church, Salem Christian Church, Rolling Fork Christian Church and First Union Baptist Church in Upton will perform. Nine-year-old Kaylee Whitman and 8-year-old Graham West also will sing.

(Check the Fair schedule on page XX for the list of events.)

A couple of errors were made in the Fair Book schedule published May 29. To clarify, the Gospel Showcase is at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21; ATV and dirt bike events are on Thursday, June 20; and the lawn and garden tractor pull and ATV and mini pull are on Friday, June 21.

A couple of changes have been made since the Fair Book was published. Joyce Druen will not be able to serve as show manager of the saddlebred or miniature horse shows, due to illness in the family. Morrison will oversee the contests.

The agriculture display can include any corn or soybean products, Morrison said. She has fielded some inquiries about soy sauce, corn meal and horse feed. All those products are OK.

“We just want to try to fill the building up,” she said. “Probably next year we’ll hold off on the ag display until August – like 4-H Day.”

The 4-H exhibits will be shown Aug. 3 – in a “split fair” format – many other counties have adopted.