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July 8, 2013

Laurel County Fair hosts new attractions

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By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer

When it comes to carnivals, bigger is better, which is why this year’s Laurel County Fair is going to be among the best yet, according to fair organizers.

“We’re dedicating more space to the carnival this year and opening up the entire fairgrounds,” said fair coordinator Jimmy Durham. According to Durham, the biggest change at the fair this year is the pageants have been moved to North Laurel High School. This move allowed for the pageants to have a more “pageant atmosphere” and for the carnival to grow in size.

Pageants kick off the fair on Sunday and Monday with the fair gates opening up at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The big attraction at this year’s fair is the Sky Wheel, which is a double ferris wheel. This year’s carnival is from Gold Medal Shows in Georgia.

“This is a brand new carnival that we have never had before and to my knowledge, there are only three of these double ferris wheels in the whole country,” Durham said, adding that he hoped the larger carnival would be a big draw. Setup of carnival rides will begin over the weekend as the Sky Wheel takes three days just to set up.

Other firsts for the Laurel County Fair will include Sue Wee Flying Pig races, as well as duck races. These will start Tuesday. There will be five flying pig shows each night.

“It is actual pig racing; there will be a ground racing and a water racing show where they dive off a diving board. It should be a lot of fun,” Durham said. The duck races are geared more towards the smaller children and are with plastic ducks that can be shot with water guns, according to Durham.

Another change to this year’s fair festivities is in the motorsports competitions, which will begin Wednesday. There is a $10 entry fee, with an 80 percent payback. Dune buggy, side by sides and trucks have been added to the lineup which formerly only featured ATV and motorcycle dirt drags. Truck and buggy classes have a $20 entry fee.

“We hope to draw more people with these additional categories,” Durham said. For more information about motorsports at the fair, contact Jackie at 859-227-1002 or 859-987-4539 or visit www.mudrace.com, or call Kevin at 859-595-0373.

Fair fun will continue with plenty of food and game vendors and lots of music each night.

“We have a different musical act each night which will showcase a variety of music,” Durham said.

Bands playing at the pavilion include Holla & Swalla at 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Amanda Combs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, The Grand Jury at 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Yesterday’s Wine at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, and Sweetheart Mafia at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a talent show search on Thursday at 6 p.m. by The Bandit 101.9. Finals for the talent show will be at 6 p.m. Friday.

A Mix 96.1 Karaoke Contest will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. There will be cash prizes for both events.

The popular Ponderosa Petting Zoo will return starting Tuesday in the Ag building.

“We have a good response to the petting zoo and are glad to have it return,” Durham said. The fair will continue through the week with agricultural shows, which will be July16-19 and are coordinated by agriculture agent Glenn Williams.

For more information and full schedules of events, visit www.laurelcountyfair.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday

—Laurel Co. Fair Children’s Pageant 2 p.m.

—Little Miss Laurel County Fair 4 p.m.

Monday

—Pageant interviews 2 p.m.

—Miss Laurel County Fair 7 p.m.

—Little Miss & Mr. Laurel Co Fair

—Laurel County Fair Teen

—Laurel County Fair Pre-Teen

(All pageants held at North Laurel High School Auditorium)

Tuesday

—Gate opens 5:30 p.m.

—Carnival rides 6 p.m.

—Ponderosa Petting Zoo 6 p.m.

—Sue Wee Flying Pig Races 5 Shows

—Holla & Swalla (Pavilion) 7 / 9 p.m.

    Wednesday

—Gate opens    5:30 p.m.

—Carnival rides 6 p.m.

—Ponderosa Petting Zoo 6 p.m.

—Sue Wee Flying Pig Races (five shows)

—ATV, Bike, Buggy, Truck Drags 6 p.m.

—Risen (Christian) 7 p.m.

—Amanda Combs (Christian/Bluegrass) 8 p.m.

Thursday

—Gate opens    5:30 p.m.

—Carnival rides 6 p.m.

—Ponderosa Petting Zoo 6 p.m.

—Sue Wee Flying Pig Races (five shows)

—The Bandit 101.9 “Search for Talent” 6 p.m.

—The Grand Jury (Pavilion) 8 / 10 p.m.

—KY Truck Tuggers Tug of War        7 p.m.

    Friday

—Gate opens    5 p.m.

—Carnival rides 6 p.m.

—Ponderosa Petting Zoo 6 p.m.

—Sue Wee Flying Pig Races (five shows)

—101.9 Bandit Talent Finals 6 p.m.

—Yesterday’s Wine (Pavilion) 7:30 / 10 p.m.

—KPTA Truck Pull 7 p.m.

    Saturday

—Gate opens 5 p.m.

—Carnival rides 6 p.m.

—Ponderosa Petting Zoo 6 p.m.

—Sue Wee Flying Pig Races 5 shows

—Mix 96.1 Karaoke Contest     6 p.m.

—Sweetheart Mafia (Pavilion) 7:30 / 10 p.m.

—KPTA Truck Pull 7 p.m.

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