By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. — With plenty of food, fun and adventure for all, the 69th Greenup County Fair got underway Sept. 1, at the Greenup County Fairgrounds. Jay Sizemore, Greenup County Fairboard (GCFB) president, said things are going remarkably well.
“It is going really well. We’ve had great attendance, some great weather. It’s been kind of hot, but there have been really big crowds, everything is packed, and it is a great time for a fair ” Sizemore said.
He said the Lawn Mower Races is a new addition to that will be a spectacular event.
“Thursday night we’re having the Lawn Mower Races, so that is something totally different from last year,” he said. “We have group of guys coming in here, and putting on a big show, so that is will be something entirely different for that particular night.”
This year’s fair has a record number of livestock that will be featured in the 4-H sale on Saturday.
“We have 172 animals for the livestock section, so that should be a huge sale on Saturday, so it is all looking really good this year,” he said. “We have worked on a lot of stuff, we re-did the bleachers this year, we re-did the entire fence line around the fairgrounds, so a lot of money was spent on the inner structure of the fairgrounds. There were a lot of upgrades also done on the electrical work.”
He said they upgrade work which was done was imperative due to the number of participants at the fair.
“We have so many vendors, and so much stuff here now, that it would not take the number of people without us upgrading everything,” he said. “We will continue to have to do that, so that is a good problem.”
Fair-goers can expect to experience new rides.
“They did bring in a few new rides this year that they just set up yesterday,” he said. “They switched them up a little bit, so there are some new rides that were not there last year. We just want people to come out and see it. We have a lot of rides and vendors, and the place is packed. We have a lot of different foods for people to enjoy, so I think it will be a great thing for families to come to and see what’s going on.
The Greenup County Fair will run through Saturday, Sept. 5. Doors open daily at 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and all day on Saturday.
“Usually, things really get going after 4 p.m., because that is when kids get out of school, and everybody starts coming in at that time,” he said.
The remainder of the 2015 Greenup County Fair schedule includes the following:
Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 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.
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