to pay tribute to farm life
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (August 2003) Livestock exhibits have always
been a vital part of county fairs.
In an effort to strengthen this mainstay, organizers have established
a new event titled Carroll County Salutes the Family Farm.
Fair board officials were looking for an opportunity to try to
develop the agricultural side of our fair, said Greg Davis. Plans
are still in the tentative stages.
This premier three-day event is scheduled for Aug. 14-16, with gates
opening at 5 p.m. nightly, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Organizers
said there would probably be a single gate price admission, comparable
to the Carroll County Fair admission price.
Davis said the lineup for each evening will include one of the following:
demolition derby, truck tug or mud run. A childrens carnival will
be set up and concessions will be available.
Concerns were expressed over attendance because the Kentucky State Fair
will also be going on at the same time. But organizers are hoping to
get the word out about their event and still draw in many local farmers
who may not want to make the drive to Louisville to display their livestock.
Rhonda Welch, staff assistant for the Carroll County Cooperative Extension
Service, is assisting in coordinating exhibits and promoting 4-H inclusion
for the event.
Since there is already a 4-H livestock pavilion at the fairgrounds,
the goal of this event is to spread the word to get more ag-type
participation in the upcoming county fairs, she said. Welch said
she hopes this event will help establish the annual county fair as more
than just a carnival.
Family Farm Days will give children a chance to view farm animals, such
as calves, hogs and goats, up close and personal, she said.
There are many children within the county who would like to become involved
in agriculture activities, such as showing livestock at 4-H events,
said Welch. But these children may not have the space at home to keep
animals and take care of them.
Many area farmers are willing to let children use their animals for
these purposes. This event is a good way to encourage this interaction
between farmers and youth in the community, organizers say.
They are hoping this event will become reminiscent of the old-time
county fair, said Davis. Contests, animal displays and exhibits
are sought to make this agricultural event bigger and better.
For more information, call the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism
& Convention Commission at 1-800-325-4290.
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