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Hardin County Fair celebrates 50 years

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By Kelly Cantrall

A staple of summer in Hardin County is the Hardin County Community Fair. When July rolls around this year, it will mark the 50th outing of the fair.

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Board members, volunteers and community officials celebrated the 50th anniversary at the fair board’s annual luncheon Tuesday at Grace Heartland Church.

Fair Board President Larry Jaggers recognized many residents who have made the fair possible, including volunteers, fair board members and the original 10 people who helped create the fair five decades ago.

“In order for the Hardin County Fair to be successful, it takes lots and lots of people,” he said.

Jaggers gave the credit to organizers and fairgoers.

“I can’t say enough about the support” the community shows, he said.

Luncheon attendants also celebrated a recent award for the fair, the Most Progressive Fair award. Board member Martha Thomas said volunteers who accept and judge the many exhibits on display at the fair helped contribute to the award and the fair’s overall success. The number of exhibits increased by about 100 from 2010 to 2011, she said.

Jaggers discussed some of the history of the fair, including the purchase of the current fairgrounds in 1964 on South Dixie. The board recently has updated facilities there because of tornado damage done to some of the buildings in 2011.

Jaggers said the facilities could have continued to be used, but “nature” decided to “tell us to start all over.”

The 50th anniversary and the award were recognized by several government bodies at the luncheon, with proclamations from Hardin Fiscal Court, Elizabethtown City Council and the Kentucky House of Representatives. State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, said a Senate resolution is being drafted.

Jaggers said he was “stunned” by the recognition.

“We’re certainly proud and honored to accept these tokens of your appreciation,” he said.

Fair officials also can boast of having Miss Kentucky County Fair.  Jenna Walters of Elizabethtown, daughter of Dawn Walters and Bill Walters, won the award earlier this month. The college freshman won Miss Hardin County Fair last July.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.