CLERMONT - It will be a magical time next week with fireworks in the air and cowboys riding on the grounds.
It will be time for the annual Bullitt County Fair, which opens at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 17.
The fair runs nightly through Saturday, June 22 at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds on Highway 245 at Interstate 65.
This year’s event will feature the return on one popular event and the first-time appearance of three others.
After a long absence, fireworks return to the fair on Monday, June 17, after dark. If rain cancels the show, it will be moved to Tuesday night.
This will follow the Miss Bullitt County Fair pageant.
This year’s fireworks may not be large but fair board president Jimmy Anderson expects the show to get larger and larger each year.
Years ago, the fire featured fireworks. It was such an attraction that cars stopped along Highway 245 and Interstate 65 just to watch.
Another new event this year will be by Lexington-based magician Mark Comley.
Comley will perform during the intermissions of the pageants each night and various times throughout the fair.
“He came highly recommended by other county fairs,” Anderson said.
On Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, there will be BMX shows at the horse show arena during breaks of other shows and events.
The times of the BMX shows, Anderson said, will be announced and the shows themselves will last 15-20 minutes.
During the fair, attendees will have the chance to register to win a BMX bike valued at $300. The winner will be announced on Saturday. Anderson said attendees could register to win the bike as many times as they would like.
The Kentucky Cowboy Mounted Shooters Club will make its fair debut on Saturday, June 22, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cowboy Action Show.
Club president David Wooldridge said the show will feature riders competing in four timed mounted shooting heats, with riders going through a different pattern with their horse during each heat.
For the second year in a row, the arm wrestling tournament returns to the fair and will be on Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m.
Anderson said the tournament is divided into male and female divisions, with the male division having separate weight classes.
One thing that wonít be returning to the fair this year is the exotic petting zoo, which has been at the fair for the past two years.
Anderson said while nothing went wrong with the petting zoo, it didn't bring in a big crowd, so the fair board decided to bring in other events instead.
Pageants will run daily, except on Friday, starting with the Miss Bullitt County Fair Pageant on Monday, June 17.
Livestock shows will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 20, dairy cattle will be shown on Tuesday and beef cattle will be shown on Thursday.
The demolition derby and mini figure 8 competitions will be on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission to the fair is $10, but for those over 62 years old and active military with an ID admission is $5, this includes all rides and shows. Parking is free.
There's not a certain time thatís best to come to the fair, Anderson said, but he does recommend for those just wanting to come to ride the rides to come on Tuesday or Thursday night because those nights arenít as crowded.
All the shows are family-friendly, Anderson said, and he hopes all who attend the fair have fun.