The Ashland Beacon
Excitement has been building for the 72nd annual Greenup County Fair, which gets underway Tuesday evening and runs through Saturday, September 1, with livestock shows, beauty pageants, tractor pull, motocross, and of course the popular carnival rides. The opening ceremony event will feature a tribute to veterans at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
New to the fair this year is the Greenup’s Got Talent event on Thursday evening. “This is turning into a bigger event than I thought it would be,” said fair board chairman Jay Sizemore. “We’ve already got over 60 entries.” Talented locals can sign up before the show at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
“All of our vendor space is packed – there’s not room for another thing,” he said. “We’ve got so much going on. And, of course, it’s an election year so, we have all the politicians with booths. The beauty pageant is Tuesday – that always brings out a good crowd.” The Miss Greenup County Fair pageant is at the main arena at 7 p.m Tuesday, followed on Wednesday by the baby, toddler, youth and teen pageants on Wednesday.
As with all local fairs, the 4-H kids and their animals will be a focal point of each day. This year’s theme is Farm Pride – Greenup County Wide, said Lauren Pullin of the Greenup County Extension Service.
“We serve a very large area in Greenup County, so we have a good livestock program,” said Aaron Boyd of the Extension Service. “We’ll have around 200 kids showing livestock this year. They’re closed shows, which means only 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America clubs) can exhibit.”
Tuesday’s livestock events include beef cattle, rabbits and poultry. Wednesday will be the hog and feeder pig show in the morning, and the popular horse show in the evening. Thursday will be lambs, goats and dairy animals, with the Round Robin event in the afternoon where the animal showmanship winners will display their skills and animals.
“The fair is also going to have an animal show on Friday for special needs kids,” said Pullin. 4-H and FFA members will display their animals and explain how they are raised to any special needs youth from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“Some of these kids work nearly all year with their animals,” Boyd explained, “although the biggest part of the work begins in the spring.” They prepare by feeding and grooming the animals and training them for presenting to the crowds and judges. Some of the youth go to livestock markets to get their animals, others come from family farms.
4-H club members can also submit entries for judging in the homemaking genre, with categories such as arts and crafts, food, food preservation, quilts and sewing. The Extension Service also has 10 homemakers’ clubs in Greenup County, with over 180 club members and members at large. Homemakers clubs are judged separately.
The homemaking exhibits will be on display at the Harold Rice Agriculture Building. “Even the booths are judged,” said Pullin. “Everyone comes
out to decorate their booth – they put a lot of thought and creativity into it.”
Fair goers can enjoy the bluegrass and gospel sing Friday evening at the pole barn, as well as the tractor pull.
“One of our most popular events is the tractor pull, which is one of the biggest in Kentucky,” said Sizemore. “People come from all other the state to take part. “And the lawnmower races are on Saturday – that’s always a lot of fun. We want to thank Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative with all of the support for these events. They really give us a lot of help.”
Saturday’s events kick off with recognition of the livestock skill winners, and auction of the grand champion and champion livestock. The Greenup Old Tractor Engines and Machinery group’s Antique Tractor Show begins at 10 a.m., with a dog show at 11 a.m.
Each day will also feature fun events for children such as the petting zoo and the carnival rides. All in all, the Greenup County Fair has something for everyone. Chainsaw artist Harley Dougherty will give demonstrations of his talent each day. Check the fair schedule for times.
“Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. We expect to have a really great fair this year,” said Sizemore.