Hodgenville – The LaRue County 4-H Council and newly elected stockholders board of the LaRue County Fair are combining forces to make the tradition of the fair a reality for its 112th year.

Having the opportunity to exhibit, show and compete in contest and pageants to showcase their talents at the state level was the focus of the decision. There also is an opportunity for adults to participate.

Board and council members, along with help from LaRue County Detention Center staff and inmates, have been working to mow and clean up the fairgrounds in preparation for the events.

The LaRue County Fair, the oldest continuously running county fair in the state, is scheduled for Aug. 1 through 3.

Floral Hall exhibits including quilts, crocheted items, cakes, pies and other baking categories, along with art exhibits, photography and flower arrangements are just a few of the many categories LaRue County residents can enter to win prize money and ribbons, and have the opportunity tocompetein August at the Kentucky State Fair competition.

For gardening enthusiasts, the public is welcome to enter fruits and vegetables, canned vegetables, preserves and jellies. There are even contests for displays of garden, corn, soybeans and a farm display category.

Open shows for dairy cattle, beef cattle, goats and sheep are among livestock shows happening again this year.

On Aug. 2, a Kids’ Day is from 10 a.m. to noon with various games, and free water and free cotton candy.

There also will be pageants this year, but with a few changes. Only LaRue County residents will be able to compete in this year’s pageant opportunities. Miss LaRue County, Miss Teen, Miss Pre-Teen, Little Mister and Miss, and baby contests will be part of this year’s lineup of events.

A 4-H district talent show along with Senior’s Citizen’s Day also will be part of the fair schedule.

All events are at the LaRue County Fair Grounds at 375 S. Greensburg St. in Hodgenville, with the exception of the baby contest held at the Christian Church Annex in downtown Hodgenville.

Admission is free. Entries to the floral hall and agriculture exhibits also are at no charge, however, there are entry costs associated with the pageants.

Applications now are being accepted for all pageants except the baby contest which will occur 30 minutes prior to the contest. Pageant applications can be picked up at the LaRue County Extension Service at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville or by calling 270-358-3401.

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