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Bullitt County Fair begins tonight

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By Stephen Thomas

CLERMONT - The Bullitt County Fair is at 39 and holding, but the event remains as fun as ever.

Fair Board president Jimmy Anderson said another full week of fun and activities will be available for all fair patrons, with a few new events.

According to Anderson, the motor sports and rides are big draws. A new motor sport event is the Farm Tractor Class during the Truck & Tractor Pull on Wednesday night, beginning at 7 p.m.

"It's a stock farm tractor class," Anderson said. "The promoters had calls about it and a club was started."

The Derby King Demo Derby and Mini Figure 8 event returns Friday at 7:30 p.m. Grand prizes include $800 to the demo derby winner and $200 for the figure 8 champ.

Other motor sport events include KOI Dirt Drag Monday, 1/4 Scale Tractor & Cylinder Rods Tuesday, ATV & Motorcycle Dirt Drag Wednesday, and Mud Racing Saturday. All the events begin at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, KIssel Entertainment returns this year with all your favorite rides, all free with the $10 fair admission.

"They're by far the best in my book," Anderson said. "They do many county fairs and they did the Hillview CIty Fair."

Another new activity comes in a small form but brings big smiles. The Falls CIty Live Steamers will offer rides on their 1/8 scale train from 10 a.m.-4p.m. Saturday.

"They can get up to 20-25 people at a time on it," said Anderson. "It's the same train that was at the (Shepherdsville) Egg Drop."

The other big draw at the fair each year is the pageants. The 2014 Miss Bullitt County Fair will be crowned Monday night, with the event beginning at 7 p.m.

Other pageants include the Princess Pageant on Tuesday, Teen Miss Bullitt County on Wednesday, Little Miss & Little Mister Bullitt County on Thursday, and the baby contests and Tiny Tots pageants Saturday morning.

For information on the pageants contact Kelly WIlliams, (502)643-9194, or Emily Neal, (502)432-0617, or visit the Bullitt County Fair's website.

A fair is not a fair without animals, and a county fair is not a county fair without cows. Dairy cattle shows are scheduled for Tuesday, with beef cattle on Thursday night.

Each show includes a youth competition. Anderson said the Beef Cattle Show featured a new Young Steer category. For information and rules call 543-2257.

The cattle events are featured by a show committee including the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service and the Future Farmers of America (FFA)programs at Bullitt Central and Bullitt East High School.

Returning this year is the Cowboy Mounted Shoot presented by the Organization of Cowboy Sports Association. They will ride, shoot and perform in the horseshoe ring Saturday at 11 a.m.

"They practice once a month out here," said Anderson. "They help take care of the arena and they're trying to draw in new members."

For more information on the shoot call (502)409-0039.

If being a cowboy isn't your kind of strength, try winning a trophy at the arm wrestling contest, scheduled Friday at 7 p.m., with practice rounds Thursday.

Tournaments are divided into weight divisions, along with a women's division. For more information call Mark Edison, 543-5616.

Anderson said arm wrestling was becoming more popular, as was the greased pole contest, where contestants try in vain to reach the top. Contestants are divided into age groups, with prizes available and free watermelon for every participant.

Another group trying in vain but having fun are the participants of the Backseat Driving Contest, scheduled Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the horseshoe arena.

Ttwo-member teams complete an obstacle course in a small tractor and attachment. The driver is blindfolded, while the passenger, in the attachment, tells them where to steer.

The contest includes a $5 entry fee, with $50 to the winners and $25 for second. Contestants should register between 5-6 p.m. Equipment is provided by 2M Tractor, Storage & Dumpster. For contest information call Edison, 543-5616.

More strength and skill is tested courtesy of the Nail Driving contest on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. Males and females of different age groups get three hammer hits each, with prizes for the winners.

A test of skill, strength and endurance for both human and animal combined, adding the thrill of victory and more fun than should be experienced, all come from one event: The Kentucky Frog Jumping Championship.

Each year fair patrons can select a frog (you're also encouraged to bring your own frogs!), and attempt to make it hop three times consecutively, trying to break the state record of 14' 11" set in 1983.

An entry fee of $2 per frog could lead to a $50 first place price and blue ribbon - for the human. $25 for second place and $10 for third, along with ribbons. For information call Kevin McGruder, 955-5653.

Hopefully no one will have a frog in their throat during the finals of the Bullitt County Vocalist of the Year contest hosted by the Bullitt County Arts Council.

Show support to the contestants that have participated in other rounds throughout the year. Contests are separated into three categories for Preteens (age 9-12), Teens (13-18) and Adults.

The contests take place Friday and Saturday, 8-10 p.m., at the pavilion stage, along with special guest singers. For information on the contest contact Judy and Donna, (502)773-6116.

The fair fare is always available, with items such as cotton candy, corn dogs, lemonade shake-ups and funnel cakes. The Heritage Homemakers and Bullitt County Extension Homemakers have bumped it up a notch.

The annual Chocolate Dessert or Treat Contest returnsTuesday night, with judging at 6:45 p.m. Entries should arrive beginning at 5:45. Bring your best, most decadent chocolate creation for a chance at the $50 first prize.

A $2 fee for each entry is required. For information call Delores Mudd, 543-7226, Lucy Combest, 543-6696, or Brenda Eddington, 955-0444.

Other popular contests include the Watermelon Eating Contest Wednesday night at 6 p.m., featuring adult and child (ages 6-13) competitions. If you eat the most, you'll earn $10, $5 for second and $3 for third. Entry fees are $3 for adults and $2 for children. For information call Edison, 543-5616.

Saturday remains the big day for kids' contests, featuring the Pedal Tractor Pull at 11:15 a.m. and the Haystack Hunt at 6 p.m., where kids dig through hay for as much candy as they can find.

The 39th annual Bullitt County Fair takes place Monday-Saturday, June 16-21, at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m. weeknights and 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 and includes unlimited rides.

Anderson reminded all patrons that Interstate 65 construction could affect traffic flow. He said extra parking would be available this year, with Bullitt County Sheriffs Explorers assisting.

"I hope people will be patient," he said.

For more information call the Fair Board of Bullitt County Inc., 543-4855, or visit www.thebullittcountyfair.com.