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Busy weekend also marks opening of Owen County Fair & Horse Show

By Molly Haines

As July gets into full swing, Owen countians can expect a beloved tradition to return beginning Saturday.
The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show will begin this weekend with a walking horse show Saturday.
The event’s president, Mark Baldwin, said Owen countians can expect few changes from last year’s fair, including one of the cheapest admission prices around.
Baldwin said $8 per person will get fair-goers in for one day, or $25 for a weekly pass. The carnival is not included in the weekly pass.
“We’re nonprofit and we struggle to keep our admission that low,” Baldwin said. “Admission had been $5 up until last year and then you had to pay $3 or $4 for armbands to ride the rides. So really, our prices are about the same as they had been in the past. We bring everything before the fair board and they do everything they can to keep the cost low.”
Last year, the fair board put on several events throughout the year to help raise money for this year’s fair to keep admission costs low, Baldwin said.
The annual worship service will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. Local preacher David “Milkweed” Wotier will conduct this year’s service.
Due to new health regulations, the Owen County Fair Board will not be able to sponsor the county-wide picnic. Those attending may bring their own picnic for their family. The fairgrounds will be open prior to the county-wide church service.
Pageants will be held throughout the week, including the Miss Owen County Pageant beginning at 7 p.m. Monday; Miss Pre-Teen at 7 p.m. and Miss Teen at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Little Miss and Mister Owen County at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; and the baby contests at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Mother of the Year and Owen Countian of the Year awards will be presented between the Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Teen pageants Wednesday.
Family Fun Night will return this year at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“We started family fun night three or four years ago,” Baldwin said. “We were trying to fill a void because we didn’t have an event for that night. We knew this was something that would get more kids involved. It hasn’t grown like we’ve wanted it to, but it’s holding its own. Every year is a little different.”
Baldwin said the biggest draw is always the truck and tractor pull and demolition derby.
“For some reason, truck and tractor pulls are still the hot thing in Owen County,” Baldwin said. “They’re not as well watched in other counties anymore, but the crowds here really enjoy them. We always finalize the week with the demolition derby. Our demolition derby has kind of dwindled due to the price of the cars, but it’s mostly Owen County boys that put those cars together. If you’ve got a buddy that has a car, he probably has 50 buddies rooting for him. It draws the crowds and there’s nothing like competing against your neighbors in a fun way.”
The NKY Truck and Tractor Pull will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday; the Ohio Valley Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and the demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
“A family of four can come out for $32 a night,” Baldwin said. “It’s something we try to make better every year and we want the whole county to be able to use it and enjoy it.”
For more information and a complete fair schedule, look for the fair book at local businesses or at the News-Herald office.