Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 21, 2013

Mud Bog, livestock arrival usher in Boyd fair

Organizers prepare for Tuesday opening

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

COALTON — The Boyd County Fair opens to the public on Tuesday, promising another year of good, family fun.

Prefair activities, including a horse show and the popular Mud Bog, took place over the weekend, and 4-H competitors began moving their livestock onto the grounds.

“I can tell you right now that we have animals here, and we’ve got folks setting up campers and trailers,” fair board member John McGlone said Saturday. “The fairground looks as good as it has ever looked in its history.” 

Yvonne Green, board president, also took a moment out from a hectic Saturday to encourage residents to come out this week.

“Every year it is more exciting because it grows more and there is more going on,” said Green, now in her 24th year of working on the fair.

Despite the growth of the fair and the various entertainment acts and activities, the fair offers the same wholesome family fun year after year, Green said.

“It’s the same every year. You get to see everybody, and it’s just a time for people to come out and see what the kids have been doing. It’s kind of like stepping back in time a little bit,” she said.

Green encouraged families to take advantage of the $8 admission, which covers all carnival games and rides, events, entertainment and displays.

“It’s a good deal; it makes it easier for our families to come out and bring their kids,” she said.

Friday night is Family Fun Night, Green said. Activities will include special games, a pie-eating contest and a variety of races. Events start at 7 p.m.

Registration for horticulture, home economics and fine-arts exhibits, as well as 4-H entries, begins at 8 a.m. today, with livestock weigh-ins this evening. Judging will get under way at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The midway opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Featured musical entertainment this year includes the Primitives, Bronson Bush and the Head South Band, Carrier and Music City Brass. OWC wrestling will return to the fairgrounds on Wednesday night, and magician Steve-O will perform three shows on Saturday.

A second Mud Bog will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by two nights of the Demolition Derby on Friday and Saturday.

The fair schedule is at boydcountyfair.com or on Facebook at 2013 Boyd County Fair.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com.