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Fayette County fair in full swing

| Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Fayette County Fair board of directors President Bill Jackson and office member Racole Sproul keep things going behind the scenes as the fair continues through Saturday.
Fayette County Fair board of directors President Bill Jackson and office member Racole Sproul keep things going behind the scenes as the fair continues through Saturday.

Showcasing entertainment, livestock and agricultural displays, the annual Fayette County Fair is now in full swing. Gates will stay open to welcome the public through Saturday.

While most come to the fair for the stellar acts and entertainment or the midway amusements, Fayette County Fair board of directors President Bill Jackson said the event is an educational opportunity for those who attend.

“I grew up coming to the fair every day,” Jackson said. “This is a big agricultural area, and many come from an agricultural background, and for many families, it's a multigenerational thing.”

Many displays at the fair highlight the work of members of the farming community, along with the projects and efforts of youths from the area who participate in 4-H clubs.

“Education is a big factor here,” Jackson said. “It's a big part of the fair. The 4-H projects are things that the kids have worked on all year, and the work that they do goes hand in hand with the Fayette County Fair.”

Several open livestock areas welcome the thousands who attend the fair. Jackson said most participants are thrilled to have questions asked or interest shown in their livestock.

“Owners usually enjoy when people come up to them with questions,” Jackson said. “They enjoy sharing the information and talking to the people.”

The gate cost this year will include everything at the fair, including all the big pulls, demolition derbies, the monster truck show and all musical entertainment.

“We have some really great music lined up for the year,” Jackson said, adding that organizers will be bringing back the local favorite group The Clarks while adding some new groups to keep things fresh. “We plan all year to bring good entertainment to the fair.”

The fair will include acts such as Pigs Gone Wild Racing Pigs, ventriloquist Ken Groves, Disc-Connected K9's world famous Frisbee dogs, Barney of Mayberry and the Barnyard Petting Zoo.

Powers Great American Midway amusements once again will fill the park with rides, and many area nonprofit groups will supply a plethora of food choices to satisfy every palate.

“We have plenty of great food here,” Jackson said. “Some people say that they come here just for the food.”

Fair office member Racole Sproul said that while many others come only for the entertainment factor, they leave with much more.

“The idea of the fair is to promote agriculture,” Sproul said. “I think that people come here for the entertainment, but they leave here a little more educated.”

Gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Gate admission is $13, which includes parking, amusements, Chevron Arena shows and musical entertainment.

Early bird weekday specials will be held every day but Thursday; fairgoers will be admitted for $11 before 4 p.m.

For information and a full schedule, visit the website at

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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