By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. — With a hardy welcome to fair patrons, State Representative Tanya Pullin conducted the opening ceremonies for the 46th Greenup County Fair on Tuesday.
At the inception of the fair-opening, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper rendered the invocation, followed by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Johnathan Cox. Greenup County Fair board president Jay Sizemore said the 2014 fair is off to another great start.
“Everything is going really well, and the weather is cooperating, which is a great thing. We have added a lot of lighting, a lot of asphalt, and seating in the last year or two. We have spent a lot of money on the inside of the fairgrounds to improve it for everybody, so that crowd seems to be liking that a lot better,” Sizemore said.
The opening ceremonies also included recognition for Sizemore — who has served as fair board president for the last 15 years — and his wife Jonda for their dedication and service to the fair.
“I didn’t know that it was coming. It is good that they recognized us because if the State knows that we are doing a good job then that helps us to procure money for the fairgrounds and everything that we are trying to do up here. I have served for 15 years, but time flies when you’re having fun,” he said.
He said one new feature to this year’s fair is the performance country music acts including Kyle Fields, Ned Crisp and the Bottomline Bluegrass, and Larry Pancake who performed after the Greenup County Fair Beauty Contest.
“Every Wednesday during the fair is the huge horse show, and it has a lot of different classes. Thursday is Motorcross, and Friday is the Truck and Tractor Pull Association, and they came in here last year and put on a really good show with the big tractors and trucks. Saturday will be the lawnmower races, and they will be bringing a group of lawnmowers out of lower Kentucky that, I guess actually pull. I have never seen them, but they are supposed to be really good,” he said.
The Demolition Derby, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 23, had record participation.
“We had a demo derby this past Saturday, which actually, we set a record. We are now the biggest in the state for demolition derbies in Kentucky,” he said.
He said they will continue to make improvements to the fair.
“We are going to do more improvements next year for the horse show, and put in more fence lines, barns and things like that. Each year we are trying to make things a little better,” he said. “Right now, things are perfect, and you couldn’t ask for a better crowd.”
Admission is $10 (free parking) includes carnival rides by Casey’s Carnival. Kids age three and under are free ($6 for rides). The fair will run through Saturday, Aug. 30.
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