Fair starts Saturday

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

It’s that time of year. Time for hot dogs and corndogs, hamburgers and cotton candy. Draft horse pulls, truck and tractor pulls and mud runs.

Yes, it’s time for the 60th annual Henry County Fair, which opens Saturday and runs through July 4.

There will be something for everyone, from pageants to a demolition derby and everything in between.

Fair Chairman Justin Atchison said demolition derbies are making a comeback this year. “It’s been years since we’ve had those,” he said. But a new twist will be a riding lawn mower demolition derby. “You just take riding lawnmowers that have certain safety features,” he said, “and hit each other.”

The Top Dog Demolition Derby is Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. Small cars, big cars and lawn mowers will be wrecked. Cash prizes range from  $50 to $1,200.

Atchison said admission prices will be discounted on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28.

Admission is free for the Open Dairy Cattle Show that begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Beginning at noon Saturday, admission is just $6. Featured events are the Two-Man Team Sorting at 3 p.m. and the Mud Bog at 6 p.m.

Admission will also cost $6 on Sunday, June 28, when the  Tractor Pull and the Saddle Club Horse Show both begin at  2 p.m.

Game Show Mania is new to the fair in 2009.  On Wednesday, July 1, contestants will attempt to answer trivia questions in a fast-paced TV-style game show environment. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at the old stage area.

Two mud runs with cash prizes offer fairgoers good, dirty fun on July 1 and 4. Entry fee for two runs is $30.  

Standard diesel tractors compete in a pull July 2, at 7 p.m. and the NKTPA Diesel truck pull takes place July 3, at 7 p.m. For information regarding the standard tractor pull or truck pull call Justin Atchison at (502) 664-1129.

Northern Kentucky Truck Tuggers will match up June 29, at 7 p.m.  But to witness real, old fashioned horse power, attend the Draft Horse Pull on July 4, at 7:30 p.m.

The miniature horse show is Monday, June 29, at 6 p.m.

Culinary, needlework, horticultural and arts and crafts competitions will be in the 4-H building.

Pageants are held at the Live Stock Area. The Tiny Tots Contest leads off on Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. Late registration for the event can be completed at Harry Hill Park between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

The Boys and Girls Cutie Pie Contest is during intermission at the Miss Pre-Teen Henry County Contest that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.

The Miss Teen Pageant is Thursday, July 2, at 8:15 p.m., while Miss Henry County Fair 2009 will be crowned Friday, July 3. The pageant begins at 8 p.m.

As usual the midway promises thrill rides, games and good food. The midway will be open Monday, June 29, through Saturday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to close.

Local caterer, Falls City Smokers is a new addition to food vendors at this year’s fair. Atchison said owner Wendell Thomas is a native of Henry County who enters barbecue competitions all over the country. “We’re excited to have him,” he said. “He has a good variety of good food.”

Fair admission is $10 and includes all rides, shows and events. Fireworks will be held this year after the conclusion of the Miss Henry County Fair pageant.

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