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The Hardin County Fair has earned a state award for a significant participation increase.
The fair was this year’s winner of the award for the most progressive fair from the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
The award honors a fair that shows a significant increase over the previous year in what it has to offer, including entries and exhibits.
The primary factor considered is how many entries are in competitions, such as youth programs, family living and livestock.
Fair President Larry Jaggers said he knew there had been some increase in entries during the 2012 fair, but he didn’t know the change was enough to earn the award, which was presented during the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows meeting Saturday in Louisville.
“I just about fell out of my chair,” he said.
The local fair captured the award in the 1970s, and otherwise has kept a steady amount of participation.
Hardin County has a good fair and has been recognized by the association for its consistency, Jaggers said.
Last year was a bad year for agriculture, but entries ripened and were submitted before the hot, dry temperatures caused damage. That helped boost the number of entries, Jaggers said.
“This year, we had just enough to put us over the hump,” he said.
Residents entering categories and others interested in viewing entries make the fair grow a little each year, and captured the award for the 2012 boom, Jaggers said.
“I think it’s the people of the county who deserve the credit as well,” he said.
Weather conditions and other obstacles make it hard to predict future fair conditions, but Jaggers hopes the event will continue to slowly grow.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or email@example.com.