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Tractor pull, pageants return along with new event: lawn-mower derby
By SARAH BENNETT
Despite the rainy weather and damage to three livestock barns and a building, the Hardin County Community Fair and Horse Show is ready to entertain its residents with pageants, mud slinging, livestock and more.
“We’re pretty much on schedule,” Fair Board President Larry Jaggers said Friday. “It’ll be ready Monday. We do our best work on the last day. There’s always something to do at the last minute.”
Jaggers estimates this year is the 48th anniversary of the fair, and it will bring back favorites such as horse and livestock shows, tractor pulls, mud slinging and the demolition derby.
There are minor alterations to some of the fair goers favorite events, Jaggers said.
The demolition derby, which is usually early in the week, is Saturday evening, he said. Thursday’s tractor pull will be done by a new group, the Ohio River Valley Tractor Association.
Saturday’s lawn mower demo derby is a new event, and begins at 7:30 p.m., he said.
Other events include garden and fruit judging, beauty pageants, a magic show, musical performances, carnival rides, and the Fair Bears, mascots of the State Fair who will be entertaining kids on Thursday night, Jaggers said.
And of course, he adds, there will be “greasy fair food.”
Jaggers estimates about 20,000-25,000 people will attend the fair throughout the week.
“People come and visit each other. We kind of feel like it’s a county activity that has a lot to offer in terms of friendship and entertainment,” he said.
The fair begins today and ends Sunday. The gate opens at 5 p.m. each day and closes each night at 11 p.m., according to the website. Admission is $9 and includes all rides and events.
A portion of the $9 entrance fee money will go to pay for the rides, Jaggers said. While the rest of the money collected during the week will go toward building rebuilding the damaged facilities.
Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750.