Fair fun on the horizon

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Owen County Fair Board releases annual guide to events

By Molly Haines

Summer heat, barbecues and booths selling fireworks are all sure signs that summer is here; and with the start of summer comes the anticipation of the 2009 Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.

This year’s fair will be held July 11-18 at the Owen County Fairgrounds. Fair board member Teresa Roberts is looking forward to a fun-filled week.

Roberts said last year’s fair was a huge success.

“Last year’s fair was just great,” Roberts said. “Our family fun night was overwhelming with 76 kids participating in the pedal-tractor pull. A lot of families came out and everyone had a great time.”

This year’s family fun night will include the musical talent of DeWayne Spaw whose music has received airplay on CMT.

Roberts said this year’s fair will be dedicated to a man whose work as a fair board member had great impact on each year’s fair.

“The fair board is dedicating this year’s fair to the memory of Charles Wright,” Roberts said. “He worked hard year after year to make the fair great and he will be sadly missed this year and every year.”

Roberts said members of the fair board are expecting a good turnout even though the economy is down.

“We’re expecting good attendance,” Roberts said. “We still have one of the cheapest fairs around. Tickets are only $5 per person. I think the fair is the best entertainment you can get for $5. We work really hard to keep our prices low to keep the fair an affordable event.”

A weekly pass to the fair is also available for $20. The carnival rides are not included in the pass.

Roberts said the exhibit hall will be filled again this year with the works of Owen County citizens.

“The talent that Owen County people have is outstanding,” Roberts said. “A lot of county fairs have strayed away from the crafts and garden produce but we continue to have it each year and it goes over well.”

Roberts said the main staples of the Owen County Fair will return this year, including the demolition derby and awards for Owen countian and mother of the year.

Roberts said she hopes the weather will cooperate during fair week.

“My main hope is that we don’t have any rain,” Roberts said. “I hope we have a good turnout and everyone has a good time and takes pride in their county.”