Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 5, 2011

First Lawrence County fair starts this weekend

LOUISA — By TIM PRESTON

The Independent

LOUISA The first Lawrence County Fair will get under way at the fairgrounds behind the cooperative extension office at 249 Industrial Park Road in Louisa at 5 tonight with opening ceremonies including a 21-gun salute.

“This is the first one as far as I know,” said fair Chairman Nita Ferrell, explaining elected officials and volunteers will gather for the opening ceremony as a prelude to a performance by the band Cross Fire on the main stage at 6 p.m.

The first day of “An Old Fashion County Fair!” in Lawrence County continues with a 4-H talent show at 7 p.m. and a small-animal livestock show at the livestock tent at 8 p.m. The day concludes with a performance by singer/songwriter Luna on the main stage at 9 p.m.

The county fair begins again at 7 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the extension office. The pancake breakfast proceeds will be used to help send the 4-H Poultry/Avian Bowl teams to competition at the Kentucky State Fair. The fair, as well as the county farmer’s market, officially open at 9 a.m. and inside exhibits including quilts, paintings and other cultural arts, will be on display in the extension office as of 10 a.m. The band Grace Note will perform on the main stage at 11 a.m., just as a canine-obedience dog show gets under way in the livestock tent.

A pig-calling contest, turkey-calling contest and rooster-crowing competition is set to start on the side stage at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by Prodigal Return on the main stage at noon. A cornhole tournament will begin at the farmers market pavilion and a greased-pig contest starts at the livestock tent at 12:30 p.m., followed by a hot dog eating contest at the front of the main stage at 1 p.m. The Moore Family will entertain from the main stage starting at 2 p.m., as well as a dog costume/talent show in the livestock tent.

The livestock tent will also be the scene for a baby crawling contest at 3:30 p.m. and musician Charlie Fyffe will entertain from the main stage starting at 4 p.m., just as a tricycle riding contest gets underway in the livestock tent. A pie-eating contest will begin in front of the main stage at 5 p.m. before a performance by Bluegrass Riot at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage. A large-animal livestock show will begin in the livestock tent at 6 p.m. and the Butcher Block Boys will take the main stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by the winner of Friday’s 4-H talent contest at 7:30 p.m.

The musical action continues into Saturday evening on the main stage with Kestin Howard at 8 p.m., Sons of Thunder at 9 p.m. and Breaking Gravity at 10 p.m.

The fair will also have inflatables, concessions, informational booths, vendors, Sparky, cakewalks, face painting and demonstrations both days.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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