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Oldham County Fair

Oldham Co. Fair
has something for all ages

Many new events, contests
have been added this year

By Levi King
Staff Writer


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.

OC Alumni Band

Photos by Don Ward

The 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 we’re picking it up again,” said library director Susan Eubank. “It’s a popular event and adds variety to the fair.”
Intrepid children can sign up in advance through the any of the Library’s three branches or directly before the event, at 7 p.m. in the Kiwanis Building.
The Figure 8 is Wednesday’s featured motor sport. “It’s 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.

Girls on ride

Photos by Don Ward

Fairgoers 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, we’ve got some great motor events lined up,” Kincaid said.
Miss Pre-Teen Oldham County Fair will be selected at Thursday’s 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 county’s 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.”

Woman on ride

Photos by Don Ward

Fairgoers of all ages
enjoy the Midway rides.

“We’re hoping this leads to bigger things next year,” Roley said.
Saturday will see the fair’s 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 night’s 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 Classic.
With the right mix of the old and the new, this year’s county fair is sure to entertain the whole family.

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