The Laurel County Fair kicks off next week with a variety of entertainment for all ages.
Monday night marks the Miss, Teen and children's pageants. Gates open at 5 p.m. with registration for all contestants. The Baby Beauties & Cuties pageant begins at 5:30 p.m. The Little Miss and Mister Laurel County Fair will begin once the baby pageant winners are crowned. The Miss Pre-Teen, Teen and Miss competitions will include introductions of contestants and evening gown and onstage questions. Only the Miss category requires the swimsuit competition.
Entry fees for the Baby Pageant is $40 plus $5 for each additional category. The Little Miss and Mister pageant fee is $80. All other pageant categories have a $75 entry fee. All pageants are open to Laurel and surrounding counties. Cash or money orders for entry fees must be paid at registration time. For more information on the pageants, contact Emily Sharp at (606) 657-8167.
The entertainment and shows launch on Tuesday evening with Kissel Carnival Rides, Hillview Stables Petting Zoo and the Wade Henry (magician) show nightly. Jurassic Kingdom will perform two shows nightly. The Old Town Grill Karaoke Challenge will begin at 9:30 p.m. Those attending the Tuesday night activities will receive the early bird admission rate of $10 for unlimited ride tickets as well as walk-around pass for concerts and sideshows.
Wednesday brings the same nightly shows but will also feature former WWF wrestling stars Jimmy Hart and Hillbilly Jim at 6 p.m. The two will participate in a meet and greet with the fair admission price, but photos and autographs will be offered for an additional fee. The Kentucky Truck Tuggers Tug of War kicks off at 7 p.m. while the Appalachian Mountain Wrestling will highlight the entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.
Thursday offers Top Dog Promotions Demolition Derby and Mini Car Circle Track Race at 7 p.m. while the musical entertainment features Thunderstruck, the top AC/DC tribute band in the country. Thunderstruck will perform at 9 p.m.
Friday brings the KPTA Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. while the OTG Pavilion features Southern Smoke at 7 p.m. and My Finest Hour at 9 p.m. Southern Smoke hails from Toronto, Canada but brings a southern rock to a new level. The group re-released their EP "Just Send It" in January and their performance can be viewed and heard on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and other major streaming sources.
My Finest Hour is a London-based band that offers pop and rock from artists from the 1970s to current sounds as well as their own original music, according to band member Chuck Stuber. My Finest Hour takes the OTG Pavilion stage at 9 p.m. and will close out Friday's musical entertainment for the fair events.
Saturday brings Moonshiners stars Mark and Digger to the Laurel County Fair for a meet and greet that is included in the fair admission price.
General admission for those not wishing to ride the Kissell rides is $10 each night, except on Saturday when the price is $12 per person. Admission for unlimited rides is $15 each night. The Kiddie Land rides are for children between 30 inches to 48 inches tall. Family rides are for children and adults 42 inches tall and over, while those wishing to ride the thrill rides must be 48 inches tall or more.
For more information, visit their webpage at laurelcountyfair.com.