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Bullskin community fair celebrates 80 years

| Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008

If you are looking for an enjoyable and entertaining evening that is reminiscent of a good old county fair, Bullskin is one stop to make this week.

Now celebrating it's 80th year, the Bullskin Township Community Fair and Farm Products Show will open today and run through Saturday.

It is held on the fairgrounds that are in Wooddale.

"We are the longest running continuous fair that is held in Fayette County," fair association member and security chair Jim Fabian said. "We've been doing this for a long time."

The fair will unofficially open with a Horse and Pony show held today on the grounds. Starting at 12:30, the day-long event will feature numerous equine events that will delight visitors of all ages.

"It's really the beginning of the fair itself," treasurer Jimmy Swink Jr said of the horse show, "and we always get a good turnout. You can stay an hour or you can stay all day. It's really like the informal opening of the fair."

Local country singer Kortney Jean and Stampede will perform as will Girlz in Black Hats.

The Anna Jane Allen Family Band will appear and new to the fair will be the Patsy & Friends show that will showcase songs made famous by Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

All agricultural and livestock entries will be accepted Tuesday and will then be tagged and displayed by volunteers.

"Those volunteers really spend a lot of time with the exhibits and we are grateful to them and to all the volunteers who help with the fair," fair association President Wayne Brown said.

Food will be available and games and rides will be located throughout the fairgrounds.

The fair's big attractions, the demolition derby, rodeo and tractor pulls will be returning to the outdoor arena, and the community fair will feature family entertainment including a pet parade and the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull.

"Those kids come to us with some of the cutest outfits that you ever saw," fair association member and publicity co-chair Sam Glassburn said. "Last year they brought a little three legged dog dressed with a flag that who was supposed to be a disabled veteran. They come us with some really clever ideas."

Ample parking is available and entrance to the fair, all exhibits and entertainment is free.

"It's free," Glassburn said, "and it's a fun time. Bring the whole family and enjoy yourselves."

Sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Grange Community Fair Association Inc., it will be held rain or shine.

Additional Information:

Fair schedule:

Today

12:30 p.m. -- Horse and Pony Show

Monday

10 a.m.-8 p.m. -- Entries for exhibits accepted

6:30 p.m. -- Truck pulling contest

7:30 p.m. -- Kortney Jean and Stampede, outside stage

Tuesday

9 a.m. -- Judging of all products and livestock

5 p.m. -- Horse pulling contest

7 p.m. -- ATV 4 wheeler obstacle course

7:30 p.m. -- Patsy & Friends show

Wednesday

6:30 p.m. -- Rodeo

7:30 p.m. -- The Trouble Band

Thursday

7:30 p.m. -- Demolition derby

7:30 p.m. -- The Anna Jane Allen Family Band

Friday

6:30 p.m. -- Tractor Pulling contest

7:30 p.m. -- Girlz in Black Hats

Saturday

9 a.m. -- Garden tractor pull

10 a.m. -- Tractor dead weight pull

12:30 p.m. -- Pet parade for youths 12 and under

1:30 p.m. -- Kids pedal tractor pull

2-4 p.m. -- Special matinee on the midway

7:30 p.m. -- Demolition derby

7:30 p.m. -- Concrete Cowboys

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