Week-Long Family Fun
By Ronica Shannon, Richmond Register, Ky.
Jul. 14–The Madison County fairgrounds will come alive with carnival rides, food and a variety of different special events beginning Friday, July 18.
Everyone is invited to the eight-day Madison County Fair & Horse Show that will kick off July 18 at 6 p.m. with the traditional parade along Main Street.
The fair’s first day will feature ATV and truck mud races starting at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds on KY 52 East, just 3.5 miles east of Richmond.
The ATV (all-terrain vehicle) events seem to draw the largest crowd, said Scott Althauser, fair board president and superintendent of Richmond Utilities.
ATV events also will be featured at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
There will be plenty of events for animal lovers beginning Tuesday, July 22, with cattle and goat shows beginning at 7 p.m. Horse shows will be featured Wednesday through Friday, and Saturday will feature a 4-H dog show at 9 a.m., poultry show at 2 p.m. and the Bluegrass Horse Pull at 6 p.m.
There will be plenty of carnival rides for the thrill-seekers beginning Monday and closing Saturday, July 26.
Madison County Fair pageants, including Miss Madison County Fair, Baby Miss and Mister, Toddler Miss and Mister, Tiny Miss and Mister, Little Miss and Mister, Miss Preteen and Miss Teen, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
A complete list of events, including times and locations, can be found at www.themadisoncountyfair.com.
The increasing cost of fuel should help lure more people to the festivities this year, Althauser said.
“It doesn’t take too much gas to get to the fairgrounds,” he said. “I think it’s one of those annual things that can become a tradition for you and your family.”
Visiting the Madison County Fair will show residents the many things in the community that are to be appreciated.
“It’s getting back to the basics of what Madison County is all about,” he said.
The planning process for next year’s Madison County Fair will begin immediately after this year’s festivities come to an end, Althauser said.
“It takes a long time,” he said. “We try to put our heads together and come up with new ideas. We always try to have something interesting.”
Fair admission is $10, which includes parking, unlimited carnival rides and all special events.
Ronica Shannon can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-1669, Ext. 234.
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