Hillview City Fair to include many new events in first year at new location

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By Lyndsey Gilpin

 HILLVIEW - Whether it’s food, retailers, music, or beer, there’s one thing Kentuckians love: keeping things local. The city of Hillview has adopted this concept for their upcoming fair, promising more variety while retaining a neighborhood atmosphere. 

Terry Bohannon, Hillview recreation director, said that several big changes have been made this year. The fair is later in the season because the committee felt that holding it on Memorial Day weekend last year hurt attendance. 

It will take place at the new Hillview Government Center, formerly St. Mary Catholic Church, to allow for more space, Bohannon said. 

Sivori, the Louisville catering company that sponsors the Kentucky State Fair and Abbey Road on the River, will supply the food, and a beer garden with live music will be open all weekend. 

Previously, the fair hosted mainly Bluegrass groups, but Zoneton Masonic Lodge also brought in  rock bands this year. Bluegrass music will fill the air on June 9, but Myster will perform on Friday and Soundtrip, from Louisville, will play on Saturday. 

The first annual car show will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Complimentary gifts and door prizes will be given to participants. There is no entry fee and registration will be open the day of the show. 

The Little Miss and Mr. pageant for 0 to 12 year-old boys and girls will also be on Saturday. Registration is available at the pageant for $10, or participants can pick up an information packet at Castaways Consignment prior to the fair. 

“We tried to make it as local as possible,” Tony Thompson, from Zoneton Masonic Lodge, who is putting on the event, said. “There’s a city fair every year, but we wanted to make it better.”

Thompson expects 2,000 to 3,000 people to attend this year. 

The Zoneton Fire Department will be selling pull tabs to raise money for Crusade for Children, and the Masonic Lodge will use most of the funds to donate to Operation Santa and the Hillview Parks and Recreation Department for its summer sports programs. 

The fair will begin at 5 p.m. on June 9-10 and about noon on June 11, but closing times are undetermined. 

“We’ll stay open as long as there is a crowd,” Bohannon said. 

Guests can buy bracelets for unlimited carnival rides for $10 on Thursday and $15 on Friday and Saturday. There is no entrance fee. 

Hillview City Fair has a Facebook page and website, hillviewcityfair.com, that are both routinely updated with news and events.