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Fair to feature changes, new events

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Hillview City Fair June 12-14

By Stephen Thomas

HILLVIEW - Different rides, different music, paganet changes and unique card games, but the same old fun expected at the fourth annual Hillview City Fair.

This year's event, presented by the Zoneton Trowel Club, will take place June 12-14 at the Hillview Government Center.

"It's like a North Bullitt reunion," said event co-organizer Tony Thompson.

The three-day event will now feature new rides provided by Kessler Entertainment, the company that provides rides for the Bullitt County Fair.

According to Thompson, ride bracelets will be provided each day for unlimited ride access. Bracelets are $15 on Thursday, $20 on Friday and Saturday. 

"We'll have bigger, better rides and more midway games," he said.

Thompson noted that bracelets are only good on Saturday from the fair's opening at 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.; Ride tickets must be purchased after 4.

Sivori Catering, Inc., will return this year, supplying fair-style food for everyone who can stomach it after being on the rides.

Music will include Hillview's traditional Bluegrass Thursday show inside the government center from 6-10 p.m., as well as the rock band Soundtrip returning again to the outdoor stage Saturday night at 9 p.m.

A new entry to the fair's music scene is Johnson Creek, a country rock band performing on the outdoor stage 9 p.m. on Friday.

"Last year it was more rock music, so this year we wanted to add a little country to the mix," Thompson said.

A list of the fair's musical events is available on the fair's website.

One other musical event includes the Bullitt County Vocalist of the Year practice competition, presented by the Bullitt County Arts Council.

"It will be the contestants' last chance to sing publicly before the finals at the (Bullitt County) Fair," said Thompson.

The Dance with Steve and Donna instructional crew will also perform and dance at the fair on Saturday at 4 p.m., along with the Shepherdsville Stompers.

This year's Hillview City Fair pageant is an official preliminary sponsored by the Kentucky State Festival Pageant program. Thompson said the winner will now advance to the state pageant in November as Miss Hillview City Fair.

The pageant will take place Friday night, 6 p.m., inside the government center.

A new event coming to Hillview City Fair is the "Magic: The Gathering" tournament, scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to Thompson, players of the unique role-plying card game will compete for prizes. He said the game was very popular, adding that the Hillview tournament might become the largest of its kind in the area.

In conjunction with the fair, the annual Jim Burton Memorial 5K Run/Walk is scheduled Saturday morning, 8 a.m., at the government center. Participants are encouraged to make a donation for the Hillview Operation Santa program.

The 2014 Hillview City Fair takes place Thursday from 5-11 p.m., Friday 5 p.m.-midnight and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight. For more information visit www.hillviewcityfair.com.

Admission is free to the fair each night. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to local charities and organizations including Operation Santa, the Hillview Parks and Recreation Department, Bullitt County Sheriffs Explorers (who assist with parking and crowd control), North Bullitt High School Sports Boosters, American Legion Post 157 and Kosair Shrine Charities.

The Hillview CIty Fair is also sponsored by Bill's Pawn, Bullitt County Pawn and Bullitt Check Advance, Compton Technologies, The Copy Cats, Craig and Landreth Cars, Henderson Realty Services LLC, Hillview Barber & Styling Shop, Park Community Federal Credit Union, Publishers Printing, Rogers Group Inc., State Farm Insurance-Peggy Druin and The Pioneer News.