has something for all ages
new events, contests
have been added this year
The Oldham County Fair has been thrilling children of all ages since
1933, and this year promises to be no different. From the Midway to
the motor track, visitors are in for a wide variety of entertainment.
by Don Ward
Oldham County Community Band
performs at last year's Oldham County Fair.
The fair kicks off Tuesday, July 19, with the time-honored
Miss Oldham County Fair Pageant at 6 p.m. The ATV Drag Race, presented
by B&M Motorsports of Paris, Ky., follows at 7 p.m. The race guarantees
to excite fans in the grandstands with roaring four-wheelers tearing
up the track. Tuesday night admission is free for senior citizens.
The daily $7 admission fee grants visitors unlimited rides on the Midway.
Family Night on Wednesday features pony rides, face painting and a clown
among the attractions covered under the cost of admission.
That same night, fairgoers can witness the crowning of the Miss Teen
Oldham County Fair, and children who can tear themselves away from the
Midway can enter the Spelling Bee. Personnel changes and lack of sponsorship
forced the fair to drop the Spelling Bee three years ago. Now sponsored
solely by the Oldham County Public Library, the competition tests the
vocabularies of students in grades 1 through 5. In each grade level,
the contest will award first place winners a $50 Visa gift card and
second place winners a $20 gift card.
The Fair Board wanted it back, so were picking it up again,
said library director Susan Eubank. Its a popular event
and adds variety to the fair.
Intrepid children can sign up in advance through the any of the Librarys
three branches or directly before the event, at 7 p.m. in the Kiwanis
The Figure 8 is Wednesdays featured motor sport. Its
usually a popular race, said organizer Wayne Kincaid. Last
year, we had a couple of crashes, and one car flipped up on end. The
crowd gets pretty excited about that. Spectators can catch all
the thrills beginning at 7 p.m.
by Don Ward
of all ages enjoy the Midway rides.
Kincaid has a busy week ahead since he and his crew spend
long hours between the events preparing the track. Between the
fair folks and B&M, weve got some great motor events lined
up, Kincaid said.
Miss Pre-Teen Oldham County Fair will be selected at Thursdays
pageant. The ATV Rodeo, presented by B&M Motorsports, will showcase
riders in daring feats of agility and acrobatics competing for trophies
and cash prizes.
Friday evening, the fair plays host to the ever-popular Little Mr. &
Mrs. Oldham County Fair Pageant. Meanwhile, at the track, auto fans
can get their adrenaline fix at the Demolition Derby, presented by B&M
Motorsports. Everybody loves the Demo, said Kincaid.
Saturday morning, visitors can visit a special horse exhibition at the
barn on the hill. While fair organizers had hoped to have a new facility
ready for a full-blown horse show this year, board member Rae Ann Roley
sees the exhibition as a way to maintain the horse presence and increase
support for the planned arena.
We want to give people a chance to see the horses up close and
get a feel for horse ownership and care, she said.
In its early days, the Oldham County Fair Horse Show was considered
second only to the State Fair Horse Show, and fair planners intend to
revive the countys equestrian heritage. This event replaces the
miniature horse show and allows visitors a more intimate experience.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., several horse owners will be on hand to show
off their animals and give demonstrations in grooming, feeding and basic
care. Visitors will also learn the differences between the English and
Western styles of tack and riding. The informal event will display horses
of several different breeds and allow curious fairgoers to ask questions
and pat the pony.
by Don Ward
of all ages
enjoy the Midway rides.
Were hoping this leads to bigger things next
year, Roley said.
Saturday will see the fairs first Car Fest in several years. Owners
can register their prized automobiles from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.. The
show will feature 14 classes including production cars, street machines,
street rods, 4x4s, replicas and motorcycles. At 5 p.m., judges will
award first place trophies in each class.
Another new addition is Saturday nights Talent Contest. Open to
county residents from ages 13-21, the event features separate categories
for vocalists, dancers, variety acts and song and dance acts. Winners
will advance to compete in the Kentucky State Fair Coca-Cola Talent
With the right mix of the old and the new, this years county fair
is sure to entertain the whole family.
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