112th LaRue County Fair Will Be a Reality

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4-H Fair and Pageants slated for August 1-3

By Allison Shepherd

The LaRue County 4-H Council along with the newly elected stockholders board of the LaRue County Fair is combining forces to make the standing tradition of the fair a reality for the 112th year.


Along many obstacles and through a pile of unknowns, the most important thing that the groups were concerned with was ‘the kids’ of LaRue County having the opportunity to exhibit, show and compete in contest and pageants in order to have the opportunity to showcase their talents at the state level. There is also an opportunity for adults to participate as well.

Board members and council members along with help from the inmates and staff at the LaRue County Detention Center have been working to mow and clean up the fairgrounds in preparation for the August events.

Floral Hall exhibits including quilts, crocheted items, cakes, pies, and other baking categories , along with art exhibits, photography and flower arrangements are just a few of the many categories LaRue County residents can enter to win prize money and ribbons, and have the opportunity to advance to the KY State Fair competition held later in August.

For gardening enthusiasts, the public is welcome to enter fruits and vegetables, canned vegetables, preserves and jellies, and there are even contests for displays of garden, corn, soybeans, and a farm display category.

Open shows for dairy cattle, beef cattle, goats, and sheep, are among livestock shows happening again at this year’s fair.

What’s a fair without cotton candy? On Friday, August 2, a Kid’s Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon with various games, and free water and free cotton candy.

And pageants? Yes, there will be pageants this year, but with a few changes. Only LaRue County residents are offered the opportunity to compete in this year’s pageant opportunities. Miss LaRue County, Miss Teen, Miss Pre-Teen, Little Mister and Miss, and baby contests will be part of this year’s lineup of events.

A 4-H district talent show along with Senior’s Citizen’s Day will also be part of the fair schedule.

All events will be held at the LaRue County Fair Grounds located at 375 S. Greensburg Street, Hodgenville, with the exception of the Baby Contest held at the Christian Church Annex in downtown Hodgenville.

So even though this year’s fair isn’t going to have the traditional carnival theme event, the council and board hopes the community will come and support this transitional fair year, as plans are in the works to keep the fair going for years to come.

Admission to the events is free. Entries to the floral hall and agriculture exhibits are also at no charge; however there are entry costs associated with the pageants.

Applications are now being accepted for all pageants except the baby contest which will occur 30 minutes prior to the contest. Pageant applications can be picked up at the LaRue County Extension office located at 807 old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville, or by calling 270-358-3401.