A fun fair forecast

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Organizers predict public will enjoy changes to annual county fair and horse show

By Molly Haines

Owen countians searching for inexpensive family fun and entertainment don’t have to look very far with the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show only a little more than a week away.

Fair-goers have much to look forward to this year as a new carnival will provide rides and games, along with the return of motorcross and family fun night, according to Teresa Roberts, one of this year’s fair directors.

“We’re excited about the new carnival,” Roberts said. “There will be new rides and different entertainment. We’re bringing back the motorcross this year and I think that will be a big attraction. This year’s family fun night will take place on Tuesday so it won’t interfere with any church services.”

Roberts said $8 will get everyone into the fair this year, including the carnival.

“A lot of people have cut back on their extended summer traveling or vacations,” Roberts said. “The fair is always an inexpensive way for everyone to get out and have fun. Where else could you go and be entertained for $8?”

Roberts said those who would like to attend the fair each night can purchase a $25 weekly pass. The pass does not include carnival access.

The fair will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. July 9 with the Froggy 104.9 field party. It includes performances by Ashley Ray, Six Miles South from Henry County, and Columbia Records’ recording artist Josh Thompson.

Thompson’s debut album, “Way Out Here,” was released earlier this year.

A walking horse show will be held July 10, and a community-wide potluck dinner and worship service will be held July 11.

Events continue throughout the week, including pageants, magician Mark Cromley, 4-H/FFA goat and dairy show, truck and tractor pull, and demolition derby.

Roberts said she would encourage everyone to attend the fair.

“I’m really excited about this year’s fair,” Roberts said. “For me, it’s just tradition. I was raised coming to the fair and it’s close to home. Kids out of school get a chance to see their friends they might not see throughout the summer, the different exhibits and seeing all of your friends from throughout the community is just an exciting thing.”

Roberts said the fair gives students and homemakers a chance for everyone to see their talent.

“The Owen County fair has been going on for years,” Roberts said. “It gives our 4-H and FFA students a chance to go on to state and it’s a time for all of our homemakers to showcase their talents. It gives people a chance to see all of the outstanding farm produce that is raised here in Owen County. It may just be a little blue ribbon to some, but for those who put the work into raising the produce, it’s a lot more than just a blue ribbon. It’s pride, it’s tradition and it’s being a part of Owen County.”

Roberts said despite recent issues Owen County has faced, the fair continues to be a positive event.

For more information on this year’s Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show, fair books are still available at the News-Herald and other local businesses.

Weekly passes are available by contacting FaDana Bramblett at (502) 484-5598.

Children under 3 get in free.