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HILLVIEW - One of the city’s most popular events is getting bigger...and better...this weekend.
The Hillview City Fair is planned for May 27-29.
The Hillview Recreation Department has worked hard to add some new amenities to the established event.
Among the new activities are a pet show, karaoke/talent show, dessert cook-off and a pie in the face of a local official.
Department director Terry Bohannon said the judged pet show would take place Saturday at 1 p.m.
“You can bring anything that is a pet,” she said. “You can bring a dog, cat, hamster... anything that can be restrained.”
Ribbons will be offered for the cutest and the most unusual pet. The deadline to register is Friday at 5 p.m.
The karaoke/talent show is also scheduled for Saturday starting at noon. Bohannon said talents could be varied.
“Anything they think they can do, they can do it here,” she said.
A ribbon will go toward the winning performance.
Line dancing lessons and demonstrations are a new event this year. Those interested in participating should be ready to move at 6 p.m.
If performing and pet display don’t tickle your fancy, maybe another new Saturday event will appeal to the masses, especially during an election year.
Beginning at 2 p.m. local officials will take a pie in the face.
For $1 anyone can throw a pie at the favorite officials (or maybe some they don’t like).
Bohannon said City Council members Kim Whitlock and Harry Cooper were among the officials scheduled to make an appearance.
The first annual Hillview Dessert Cook-Off will be held Friday evening at 7 p.m. Bohannon said any kind of homemade dessert was eligible for the contest.
Also on the schedule Friday evening is a concert by Jim Coffey and Band beginning at 6 p.m. The band will perform country and oldies songs.
On Thursday night patrons will be treated to a performance by the usual gang of pickers and singers during the Hillview Bluegrass Show. Music begins at 6 p.m.
Hillview favorites Danny Dale and Legends Then and Now will entertain folks Saturday at 7 p.m. The group includes oldies tunes and impersonators.
Thursday is family night at the City Fair. For $15 patrons will receive a bracelet that allows unlimited midway rides throughout the evening.
Gene O’s Rides will supply both carnival games and rides, including a big slide, swings, a carousel and the Tempest.
A fair is not a fair without the food. The Zoneton Masonic Lodge will serve burgers, hot dogs and brats. Bohannon said last year the lodge also featured Philly cheese steaks.
The Overdale Chiefs football team will host an ice cream booth.
Vendor booths will be available for visits, along with a petting zoo hosted by Countrytime Connections. The petting zoo will features carriage rides and ponies, along with animals such as goats, rabbits and a calf.
For those needing assistance to and from the fun, Bohannon said shuttle service would be available to and from the parking areas.
Anyone wishing to enter City Fair contests or shows can call 957-5280 to register in advance.
The Hillview City Fair is sponsored by Publishers Printing, Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission and The Pioneer News.