By Portia Williams
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — The Annual Greeenup County Fair will be underway Sept. 1-5, with a host of events that will precede the fair, beginning Aug. 29. Jonda Sizemore, secretary for the Greenup County Fairboard (GCFB), said they are looking forward to a spectacular fair this year.
“We re expecting to have a great fair this year. We have switched up the Thursday night of the fair, and we will doing lawn mower pulls, so that is something new that we have never done before, and is a new event that we are adding,” Sizemore said. “There is actually a tractor club out of Lewis County that is coming down to do this for us, so we are pretty excited about it. I think that it will be different, and I think everybody will really like it.”
According to Sizemore, the lawn mower pull involves competition of weight pulling.
“It is basically like a truck or a tractor pull where they have a scale that pull, they put a certain amount of weight on it and see how far they can pull the weight,” she said. “It is a competition, whoever can pull the weight the furthest, wins.”
The Greenup County 4-H Club is presently at its highest number of members in their history.
“They have been working on a new goat barn, because there are so many kids participating in the 4-Club this year, we have 159 4-H kids this year, which is awesome. This is the most that we have ever had, and we are really excited about that. It is really great that the kids are so involved,” she said.
The GCFB has made necessary improvements throughout the fairgrounds in preparation for the 2015 fair season.
“We’ve redone the electrical work around the fairgrounds. We have also redone all of the fencing for the fairgrounds, and have made a lot of updates,” she said. “There has been a lot of painting going on, and a lot of bleachers getting fixed. They have been down there for the last three weeks working diligently on it. We just want to ensure that everything is nice, and safe, are just looking forward to having a wonderful fair this year.”
The Greenup County Fair schedule and preliminary events will include the following:
Saturday, Aug. 29 – Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m., admission is $10, free for children three and under. Sunday, Aug. 30 – 1 p.m. Stalls open for livestock animals 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entry and weigh-in of all Livestock projects (lambs, goats, hogs, rabbits and chickens will weigh-in at the Lamb Barn — steer, feeder calves and heifers at the (Beef Barn) Miss Greenup County Fair registration – 5 p.m. Miss Greenup County Fair (rehearsal) – Main arena – 6 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 31-Set up club booths, Miss Greenup County Fair (rehearsal) – Main arena 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 1-9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entering of Exhibits, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4H/FFA Steer, Feeder Calf Show and Showmanship Livestock Judging Competition (In Show Barn) to follow Steer, Feeder Calf Show and Showmanship, 5 p.m. – Rabbit and Poultry Show and Showmanship, 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies, 7 p.m. – Miss Greenup County Fair Pageant – Main Arena, $10 admission (free parking) includes carnival rides by Casey’s Carnival, kids three and under are free ($6 for rides)
Wednesday, Sept. 2 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 4-H/FFA Hog and Feeder Pig Show and Showmanship,1 p.m. – 2 p.m.- Registration Baby Miss and Baby Mister, Little Miss and Little Mister Greenup County Fair (Pole Barn) 3 p.m. Baby Miss and Baby Mister, Little Miss and Little Mister Greenup County Fair, 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Registration for Miss Junior and Miss Teen Greenup County Fair 6 p.m. – Miss Junior and Miss Teen Greenup County Fair 6 p.m. – Greenup County Fair Horse Show, $10 admission (free parking) includes carnival rides by Casey’s Carnival, kids three and under are free ($6 for rides)
Thursday, Sept. 3 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 4H/FFA Lamb, Goat and Dairy Goat Show and Showmanship, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Round Robin Showmanship – winners for Showmanship for each species will compete for best all around showman, 7 p.m. – Lawn Mower Pull, $10 admission (free parking) includes carnival rides by Casey’s Carnival, kids three and under are free ($6 for rides)
Friday, Sept. 4 — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 4H/FFA Horse Show, 5 :30 p.m. – Registration for Kids in the Races, 6 p.m. – Kids in the Races, 7 p.m. – Tractor Pull – KTPA, $10 admission (free parking) includes carnival rides by Casey’s Carnival, kids three and under are free ($6 for rides)
Saturday, Sept. 5 — 9 :30 a.m. – Recognition of Skill-A-Thon and Livestock Judging Winners (in Show Barn) 10 a.m. – Livestock Sale of Grand Champions, Sale of Reserve Champions, Sale of all other animals: lambs, goats, steers, feeder calves, feeder pigs, hog, rabbits and poultry, 10 a.m. – Kids Day (Events for kids of all ages), 10 a.m. – Greenup Old Tractor Engines and Machinery – Antique Tractor Show, 10:15 a.m. – Dog Show registration (Pole Barn), 11 a.m. – Buyers luncheon 11 a.m. – Greenup County Fair Dog Show (Pole Barn), 11 a.m. – Carnival rides open, noon – Kiddy Tractor Pull (Main Arena), 2 p.m – 3 p.m. – Antique Tractor Pull registration, 4 p.m. – Antique Tractor Pull (Main Arena),5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Registration Lawn Mower Races, 7 p.m. – Lawn Mower Races, $10 admission (free parking) includes carnival rides by Casey’s Carnival, kids three and under are free ($6 for rides)
Sunday, Sept. 6 – 8:30 a.m. – All animals leave the fairgrounds, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Check out all exhibits and booths – Agriculture Building, all premiums will be paid in cash from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. According to the GCFB, any premiums not claimed during this time will be forfeited to the Greenup County Fair.
For more information visit the Greenup County Fair Facebook page.
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Carnival Rides are always one of the main attractions at the Greenup County Fair (photo from 2014 fair)
Fair-goers enjoy carnival ride, ‘The Scream’ at 2014 Greenup County Fair