Casey fair will have new site this year

May 25, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - When the 2004 Casey County Fair begins June 6, the opening ceremonies will be held at the new Central Kentucky Ag/Expo Center on U.S. 127 South. The fair runs through June 12.

This is the first year for the fair to be held at the 156-acre Ag/Expo Center which has a horse ring with bleachers, a multipurpose building that will be used for Floral Hall exhibits, and a concession stand that will feature the county's famous pork burgers.

"Hopefully, the fair will be much nicer this year," said Fred Harper, chairman of the fair board.

"We should have a real nice fair because of volunteers from across the county who have helped get the Ag/Expo in shape," he said.

Efforts to get the center in shape have been a community effort.

"All I've had to do is set back and watch things take shape," said Harper.

"We have new seats for the horse show," he said. The fair board has purchased portable aluminum bleachers that seat 420 people.


The fair will feature a pleasure horse show at 7 p.m. June 12. A walking and racking horse show will be July 30.

Harper said the carnival will be double the size it was last year. It will have 17 or 18 rides.

Special events will have something of interest for everyone, he said.

"Meanest Man" contest is new

A new competition, the "Meanest Man" contest, will be held June 8.

Sunday features baby pageants and horseshoe pitching; a rodeo and more pageants will be Monday; the final night of pageants and other kids games are Tuesday; a gospel sing and spelling bee will be Wednesday; the Floral Hall opens, and a dairy show, ATV race and demolition derby are Thursday; a fun dog show, truck and tractor pull and karaoke show are Friday; and poultry and beef shows, an antique tractor pull, mud sling and pleasure horse show along with various kids games are Saturday, the final day of the fair.

Floral Hall will have plenty of space for exhibits. People are encouraged to bring in fruits and vegetables along with handiwork, arts and crafts, and photography to exhibit.

Pageants are planned for contestants from birth to 21 years old. Contact Beverly Hoskins, pageant coordinator, at (606) 787-8272 for information.

Champions in the county fair events will have a chance for the first time to represent the county at the Kentucky State Fair in August, Harper said.

The concession stand will be run by the Casey County Pork Producers Association, which will serve pork burgers and sandwiches, hotdogs and soft drinks. The carnival also will have concessions available.

Harper said plenty of parking spaces are available.

The $7 admission fee allows fairgoers to ride the carnival rides and watch all of the shows from 4 p.m. until the fair shuts down at night.

"If you don't want to do anything else, you can walk around the trail," said Harper. The 2.3-mile walking/riding trail encompasses the Ag/Expo Center, and the west side of the center runs along Green River.

The fair board also consists of Todd Hoskins, vice president; Judith Meeks, treasurer; and Judy Emerson, secretary.

Call Harper at (606) 787-5047 for more information.

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