By Carol Mills
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
New to the Laurel County Fair (July 7-13) will be more and bigger rides from the Gold Medal Shows from Georgia.
The main attraction in the show will be a double ferris wheel called the Sky Wheel, which will be an attention getter close to the entrance.
Coordinator of the fair, Jimmy Durham, said there were only three such wheels in the country and that it will take three days to set it up.
“We’re going to maximize the fairground space this year when in the past, we only used half of it due to parking and equipment storage,” Durham said. “I’m opening up the whole fairgrounds to the carnival. So, we’re going to have more rides, bigger kiddieland.”
The pageants (July 7 and 8) have been moved to the North Laurel High School Auditorium to have a more pageantry atmosphere. A new category has been added — Little Miss Laurel County, ages 5 to 7, who will appear in Sunday dress on July 7 at 4 p.m. It is only for Laurel County girls. The winners will be at the entrance to the fair greeting visitors. Admission to the pageants is $10 each night.
There will be two new side shows including Sue Wee Flying Pig and duck races every night starting Tuesday. There will be five pig shows each night for 30 minutes each.
“It’s actual pig racing on the ground and a pig racing water show. They dive off a diving board. There is a swimming competition and the longest dive competition. The duck racing is plastic ducks where little kids can shoot them with water guns. These will be on the right of the fairgrounds as you go in.”
In the pig race, awkward but cute and cuddly racing animals fascinate spectators. Real crowd pleasers, these natural comedians bolt from the starting gate and race around the track snorting and squealing, stubby legs churning and curly tails sailing along behind.
More motorsports’ categories have been added for local people to enter and win on Wednesday, July 10. There will be a $10 entry fee with an 80 percent payback. Besides the ATV and motorcycle dirt drags, there will be truck, dune buggy and side by sides. For more information, call Jackie at 859-227-1002 or 859-987-4539 or visit www.mudrace.com or call Kevin at 859-595-0373.
There will be a $10 charge to enter the fair; children 3 and under get in free.
If it rains, more gravel, drainage, and blacktop have been added. The work was provided by District 2 Magistrate Danny Smith, Judge-Executive David Westerfield, and the Laurel County Road Department.
Each night, there will be bands playing at the pavilion including Holla & Swalla at 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Amanda Combs (Christian/bluegrass) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, The Grand Jury at 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Yesterday’s Wine at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Sweetheart Mafia at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday.
On Thursday at 6 p.m. there will be The Bandit 101.9 “Search for Talent show; on Friday also at 6 p.m. will be the talent finals.
“This is not just singing,” Durham said. “It can be singing, juggling, whatever you can do.”
On Saturday at 6 p.m. there will be a Mix 96.1 Karaoke Contest. There will be cash prizes for both events.
The Ponderosa Petting Zoo will return starting on Tuesday in the Ag building.
The agricultural shows will be 16-19 and are coordinated by Glenn Williams, agriculture agent.
For more information, visit www.laurelcountyfair.com.