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LaRue County Fair August 1-3

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Floral Hall and Exhibits Entries Due Today

By Allison Shepherd

The LaRue County 4-H Council along with the newly elected stockholders board of the LaRue County Fair have come together and are asking the community to support the 112th year of the fair, even though it doesn’t look like the fair of the past.

Ray DeSpain, President of the LaRue County Fair Stockholders Board says the county fair isn’t just about whether there is a carnival or not, it’s about community. “I would like to encourage the community to come out and support the pageants, the exhibits, attend a livestock show, enjoy Senior Citizens day and bring the kids out for a couple of hours of fun at Kid’s Day this year. Gate admission is FREE. This is a year of transition, we’re asking for the support of the community so we can look to the future to continue the tradition of the fair for years to come.”

Registration for Miss Teen, Miss Pre-Teen and Miss LaRue County pageants has been extended. As of press time, Miss LaRue County pageant entries included only three young ladies. Practice for Miss LaRue County will be held today, Wednesday, July 31 at 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Photos of the participants are on page 16A.

Floral Hall exhibits along with all 4-H and agriculture exhibit entries are due at the fairgrounds today, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. Fruits and vegetables, canned vegetables, preserves and jellies, even a contest for displays of garden, corn, soybean, and a farm display category for the public to exhibit and have the opportunity to advance to the KY State Fair competition held later in August.

New to the fair is a Flea Market opportunity. The cost to set up is $15 for the 3 day event. For more information contact Gale Hornback at 270-734-2483,or the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401. Flea Market goers can enter the fairgrounds for free to browse the booths of items that will be available for sale.

The LaRue County 4-H and FFA are sponsoring Kids Day at the County Fair on Friday, August 2 from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Fairgrounds.  Come out and enjoy the day with free fun and food.  The 4-H Council will be providing cotton candy and water to those in attendance.  Several carnival games are being planned for an opportunity to win various prizes.  Kids are also being challenged to participate in the 4-H Clover Dash obstacle course, so bring a friend and compete for the best time.  Additional activities are also being planned.  New to the Kids Day event, is ‘To the Moon Bounce House Rental’. They will also have a water slide, a regular slide and a bouncy house on site for Kids Day.  During the Kids Day event the admission to the inflatables will be free. The inflatables will also be open throughout other fair events for an admission of $5.

A continued tradition also includes Senior Citizens Day which will take place on Thursday, August 1 with music and prizes, and will be held in the air conditioned Morrison-Phelps building from 1 to 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

There will be agriculture displays with tractors and equipment for fair goers to experience firsthand.

“A lot of work and volunteer hours have gone into cleaning up the fairgrounds and coordinating events that the community will be able to enjoy”, said 4-H Council board member John Ball.

A complete listing of the scheduled events is shown at the left, or you can pick up a LaRue County Fair book at participating businesses, the Chamber office, the Extension office, or at the Herald News office.

All events will be held at the LaRue County Fair Grounds located at 375 S. Greensburg Street, Hodgenville, with the exception of the ABE’s Babes Baby Contest that will be held at the Hodgenville Christian Church Annex in downtown Hodgenville on Friday, August 2. Registration for the baby contest only, will be held 30 minutes prior to the contest.

All other applications are now being accepted and can be picked up at the LaRue County Extension office located at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville, or by calling 270-358-3401.