Fair time: Horse show kicks off Saturday with rides cranking up Monday

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By Mary Alford
N-H Staff Writer
It is time for Owen County’s tradition of summer fun once again.
The Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show will kick off Saturday with the annual walking horse show. The rides will be open Monday.
New Owen County Fair Board President Ashley Young hopes the past couple weeks of gloom will be followed by some sunshine for the fair.
“We’ve had all this wet the last few weeks, hopefully we’ll have a few dry weeks during July,” Young said.
Evangelist Wesley Putnam will lead the annual Sunday worship service at 7 p.m. He will follow music from the Owen County High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Band that will start at 6:30 p.m.
Admission to this year’s fair will remain at $8 or $25 for a weekly pass. The passes do not include ride tickets.
The carnival will officially begin Monday at 6 p.m. with the miniature and saddlebred horse show starting at 6:30 p.m. and the Miss Owen County Fair pageant beginning at 7 p.m.
Other pageants throughout the week include the Miss Pre-Teen on Wednesday at 7 p.m. followed by the Miss Teen pageant at 8 p.m.
The Owen County Mother of the Year and the Owen Countian of the Year will be recognized between the two pageants.
The Little Prince and Princess pageant will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday followed by the Little Miss and Mister Pageant at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the baby contests will take place at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Family night will be held on Tuesday.
The Ohio River Valley Truck and Tractor pull will ignite into action on Thursday at 7 p.m. and again on Friday at 7:30 p.m. followed the next day by the demolition derby at 7 p.m.
“The biggest crowds we usually have are at the demolition derby on Saturday nights,” Young said.
Young said a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to make the fair the best it can be but it’s  well worth the effort.
“If one kid can go out there and have fun it is all worth it for me to work year round,” Young said.
This year for kids ages 4 to 8, there will be a Power Wheels Derby. It will be held July 20 at 7 p.m. Registration for the event will be $10 and end at 5 p.m. Every preregistered kid will receive a trophy.
For older individuals, they may enter to win a chance to drive a car in the demolition derby or $500 cash. Tickets for the event are one for $5 or six for $20. In order to claim the prize, the individual must be present.
Young said several new members have joined the board and they have added a junior fair board.
Growing up, the Owen County fair was the summertime fun to Young and he hopes the tradition continues.
“There’s 10 amusement parks around and 10 different things to do, but the fair is still a tradition here in the county and we want to continue to make it grow and better each year,” Young said.
For more information on this year’s fair, head to the Owen County Fair Board’s website at www.owencountyfairboard.com or stop by the News-Herald for a fair book.