WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Fair Board continues its momentum with a fair packed full of events this year and remains hopeful to eventually bring rides for families to enjoy.
Main events for the fair will be happening July 19 and 20 in Savoy-Clear Creek Road, while the fair pageant will be held Saturday, July 13. The pageant location has been moved from Corbin to the Williamsburg City School's auditorium.
Families can expect a full day of fun on Saturday, July 20. General admission price is $10 and that covers the entire day. Kids 6 and under are free.
Whitley County Fair Board President Bobby Joe Monhollen said this year’s new event, Kentucky Zone Wrestling out of Shopville, will go on at 5 p.m on Saturday.
Coming back from the fair's brief hiatus, the mudbog event drew the biggest crowd last year. This year the mudbog will be held on Saturday rather than Friday and gets underway around 7 p.m. Moving the mudbog from Friday to Saturday, Monhollen looks to have a larger crowd as well as larger participants.
“In the past years the horse show has always been the biggest event but with the addition of the mudbog, it has gave us a different kind a spectator.”
The corn hole tournament starts at 10 a.m. Saturday along with the antique tractor/car show. This year the fair board decided to add cars and trucks to the show. Anyone with old or antique cars Monhollen encourages to bring them to show off.
The kids pedal tractor race will also be at 10 a.m. Saturday and guests can enjoy music by the Highway 204 Band.
Several food vendors will be available and kids games such as ring toss and balloon pop will be sponsored by local churches to get community involvement. There will also be a mechanical bull ride, mini train, pony rides and agility course.
Friday's admission will be $5 and features the horse show with spectator egg toss.
Farm and garden exhibits will be located at the Whitley County Extension Office in Goldbug.
Fairgoers wont see any rides this year but Monhollen is hopeful that with some more community support and involvement, rides aren’t that far off in the fair’s future.
“We’re trying to get rides to the fair,” said Monhollen. “We just have to get enough people in the community involved. We have to get more people out to help. It takes a village to run a fair, it really does.”
Monhollen said he feels like the fair board is moving things in the right direction and progress is happening all things considering.
“If we can get people to come and people to support the county fair it will get people involved,” he added. “Us being nonprofit, we’re doing this to make the community better.”
Anyone wishing to donate their time, energy, funds or ideas can call Monhollen at 606-765-9613, or Monhollen said a simple like and share of the Whitley County Fair’s Facebook page would be appreciated.