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Henry County Fair named best of 2007

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

For the first time in its 60 year history, the Henry County Fair has received a truly unique honor.

During the Convention of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows at Lousville's Galt House, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture named the 2007 Henry County Fair the best fair of 2007. The fair also received the 2007 designation for the most progressive fair.

Henry County Fair Director Tom Smith said the award is based on a variety of factors, including an increase in attendance from one year to the next, the number of entries in "floral hall events" and farm exhibits, as well as overal general management and operation of the fair. Smith said the appearance of the fair, the attitude of the people at the fair itself and how parking and crowd control are handled.

Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture attend fairs throughout the state, Smith said.

For the Henry County Fair, this marks a unique first, Smith added.

"It means an opportunity to be recognized statewide," he said. "It's really a prestigious honor. It's the first time in our 60-year history that we've even been considered. It says an awful lot about the folks of Henry County, and that they must like our county fair."

Smith indicated the fair would be almost impossible with out the "cooperation and help from so many from across the county."

The best fair award has been given out since 1932, and Smith said the award "is kind of like the state championship in basketball." The trophy, which has been in use since 1942 and has the name of each winner on it, will remain on display in Henry County. Smith said the trophy likely would be kept at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce in New Castle.

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