New traffic plan in place for Mercer County Fair

July 26, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - When the Mercer County Fair and Horse Show gets under way tonight, fairgoers will notice two changes.

A new traffic plan has been put in place, and admission will be collected at the car before the vehicles enter the fairgrounds, and new this year is a Web site where some contest results will be posted.

Officials hope the new traffic plan will end a bottleneck that had vehicles lined up last year on U.S. 127 from Linden Avenue to Wal-Mart. The fairgrounds are on Linden Avenue, most of which runs parallel to College Street.

Volunteer April Ellis said all southbound traffic on U.S. 127/College Street will have to turn right onto Mooreland Avenue near Mr. Kwik and then left onto Linden. Traffic will not be allowed to turn right onto Linden Avenue at the intersection with College Street.


Those vehicles will enter the fair in a new entrance between the fairgrounds and James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital through Young's Park, where admission will be taken.

Northbound traffic will turn left from U.S. 127/College Street onto Linden Avenue, and admission will be collected at the main entrance to the fairgrounds. Those parking their vehicles elsewhere and walking to the fair also will pay at the entrance to the fairgrounds.

Admission is $4 per person, Ellis said, and gives fairgoers admission to the grounds, the horse show and motor sports.

In the past, motorists were allowed onto the fairgrounds and then paid for admission once they parked their vehicles.

Midway rides can be paid for individually or an $8 bracelet can be purchased for unlimited riding for the night.

Harrodsburg police will direct traffic, and large signs will inform drivers about how to get to the fairgrounds, Assistant Chief Rodney Harlow said today.

Harlow said the city had hoped to buy two flashing lights from the state to assist motorists, but they cost $750 each. Of the green signs to be used by police, Harlow said, "You can't miss them."

The Internet site,, will have results from the horse show, motor sports, and all of the pageants. Results of Floral Hall, agriculture shows and contests will not be placed on the Web site.

Also new this year are motorcycle and ATV drag racing tonight and Go-Kart races Tuesday.

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