It’s that time of the year again, when thousands converge on the Hardin County fairgrounds to enjoy rides, a variety of deep-fried foods, livestock shows of every kind and drivers ready to show what their vehicles can do.

The Hardin County Community Fair & Horse Show is this week and, as Hardin County Fair Board President Marty Fulkerson has said numerous times, “It’s the most fun you can have with your shoes on.”

The cost of admission to the fair this year increased to $12 per person. Fulkerson said the gate price had been the same for the last eight years. However, with prices continuing to increase to operate the fair and maintenance at the fairgrounds, an increase was needed. Last year, Fulkerson said they spent roughly $48,000 on improvements.

“What little you make every year you put back in a savings account to do all these projects,” he said. “It’s expensive.”

The Hardin County Fair Board retains $6 of the admission fee and Miller Spectacular Shows keeps the other half.

The increase to $12 also sets the Hardin County Fair at the same cost as several other fairs across the state. Fulkerson said they are one of the last fairs to up the price to $12.

“We believe that we have value for the $12. That includes all rides and all the shows,” he said.

One of those shows is a Con­fed­­erate Railroad concert slated for Tuesday evening. In the past, Tuesday night has been their lowest attendance, Fulkerson said. He hopes the concert will change that.

Fulkerson also said the multiple concerts this year are some of the biggest additions to the fair.

Additional rides also will be found at the fair this week, including a new double Ferris wheel.

“It is the first time it will be on display in Kentucky,” Fulkerson said, noting it has only been out four times.

Other events throughout the week include the Miss Hardin County Fair Pageant, Demolition Derby and the Miniature Horse Show Monday evening; the Youth Beef Cattle Show and UWC Professional Wrestling Wednesday night; an antique tractor pull and cow pattie bingo on Saturday; and many more events.

For a full schedule of events, go to hardincofair.com.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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