County fair opens Monday with new stuff

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By Stephen Thomas

  CLERMONT - For many Bullitt Countains, the fair feels like home. 

This year, the old house will see some renovations, while blending in some old with some new.

The Bullitt County Fair will take place June 11-16 at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds.

Fair Board president Jimmy Anderson said patrons will notice most of the renovation work, thanks to a matching grant from the Kentucky State Fair Board.

The biggest notice will be upgrades to the pavilion, where the many pageants are hosted. Anderson said the floor was repaved and new tin was placed along the ceiling area.

“We’re dropping the ceiling down and covering up all the beams,” he said. “The floor and the ceiling combined cost about $40 to $50 thousand.”

According to Anderson, about 650 tons of asphalt was laid down on the grounds, primarily along the road leading to the motorsports area.

Following the fair, the floor will be redone inside the Ruth Sohm showcase building, with future plans for a new wooden fence to separate the grounds from nearby Interstate 65.

Among the new events this year is the ATV Rodeo, presented by KOI, at the Horse Show Ring. A $10 fee will allow contestants to compete on ATVs in rodeo-style races, with a top prize of $50 for each winner. Contestants must be at least 16 years of age.

The rodeo begins at 7 p.m., with registration beginning at 6 p.m. For more information call (859)576-7380 or visit koidragracing.com.

Anderson noted that the Mini Figure 8 event, normally hosted on Friday with the Demo Derby, has been moved to Tuesday at 7 p.m. For rules on the event, call Derby King, (270)268-1356.

Another new feature this year is the Zombie Eclipse Lazer Tag, available each day and free with admission cost. Anderson said the game was based on a points system and available to all ages.

Other new events include a Chicken Wing Eating Contest on Monday night, with wings provided by Little Rick’s Bar and Grill in Lebanon Junction.

According to Anderson, seven contestants over 18 years of age will receive 20 barbecue wings and have three minutes to eat. In the event of a tie, the actual weight of the chicken eaten will determine the winner.

The contest will take place at 7:30, with registration beginning at 7. First prize is $10.

With barbecue in mind, a new Thursday night competition is the BBQ Sauce Contest, sponsored by Cooking Connection Homemakers, Bullitt County Extension Homemakers, Robin Tomlinson and Jay Bennett.

Entries must arrive between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m., with a $2 entry fee. Sauces must be in a closed container, with presentation and appearance included as part of the judging, as well as originality and creativity, taste, and clarity of instruction. Recipes must be included. Entrants must be present to win.

Anderson mentioned that the Big Train Ride will return this year, allowing free rides to patrons from the parking lot to the front gates each night. Also, the petting zoo will be returning to the fairgrounds.

This year’s fair was dedicated to the memory of Delores Mudd, a long-time member of the Homemakers who assisted each year with the fair contests.

“She was a fine lady that ran the Home Economics events and she did a fine job hosting and keeping tabs on all the entries,” said Anderson. “I’m personally thankful for all the things she did at the fair.”

The 2018 Bullitt County Fair is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, and 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. Admission is $10 Monday through Friday and $15 on Saturday, including access to all rides courtesy of Kissel Entertainment.

“When you think about that, $15 and we’re open 15 hours on Saturday, so that’s just a dollar an hour,” Anderson said.

For more information on the 2018 Bullitt County Fair, call 543-4855.



-Opening night includes the biggest of all pageants, Miss Bullitt County Fair, at 7 p.m.

Contestants may sign up for the open pageant with entry forms due by June 8 at 5 p.m. and entry fee is $20. For more information call (502)643-9194 or (502)432-0617.

The winner will attend each following day to award other pageant winners and represent the fair.

-Along with Monday night’s ATV Rodeo (see above), KOI will also host the annual Dirt Drag, featuring various sizes of trucks and ATVs.

Eliminations begin at 7 p.m., with open practice beginning two hours prior. Entry is $10 per class. For more information call (859)576-7380 or visit koidragracing.com.

-Don’t forget about the Chicken Wing Eating Contest at 7:30 p.m. (see above).



-A fair is not a fair without cows, and the first cow event at this year’s fair is the Dairy Cattle Show, beginning at 5 p.m.

Various age groups will compete in multiple cattle classes, with an award going to both the Supreme Junior Champion and the Supreme Senior Champion.

The show is hosted by the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service, with assistance provided by the Bullitt Central and Bullitt East Future Farmers of America programs. For more information call (502)543-2257.

-From the dairy cattle to the dessert table, the Chocolate Dessert or Treat Contest will take place beginning at 6:45 p.m., with entries taken between 5:45 and 6:45.

Sponsored by the Heritage Homemakers, the winning entry will receive a $50 prize. For information call (502)543-6696 or (502)955-0444.

-The Pre-Teen Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the pavilion for girls ages 8 (by Jun. 30) to age 12 (by Oct. 31). Entry forms are due by Jun. 8 at 5 p.m. and entry fee is $15. For more information call (502)643-9194 or (502)432-0617.

-Don’t forget about the Mini Figure 8, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (see above).



-Summertime is watermelon time, and Wednesday features the annual Watermelon Eating Contest at 6 p.m., with registration beginning at 5:30.

Each contestant will be timed as they attempt to consume the most watermelon, with two competitions separated by adults and kids ages 13 and under. First place is $10 in both categories, along with all the watermelon you can eat. For more information call (502)543-5616.

-The Teen Miss Bullitt County Pageant begins at 7 p.m. in the pavilion, open to girls ages 13-16 as of Oct. 31. Entry forms are due by Jun. 8 at 5 p.m. and entry fee is $20. For more information call (502)643-9194 or (502)432-0617.

-The Truck Pull, presented by Hudnall’s Sled Rental & Truck Pulls, begins at 7 p.m., with gates open at 5 and tech starting at 5:30.

A $20 entry fee gives drivers a chance at a $300 first prize in four various categories. The entry fee includes fair admission. For more information call (502)514-3628 or (502)484-8041.



-Despite the new BBQ Sauce Tasting Contest (see above) going on, the bulls will not be denied their place in the hot Bullitt County sun.

The Beef Cattle Show, presented by the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service in association with the Bullitt Central and Bullitt East Future Farmers of America, will begin at 5 p.m. For information call (502)543-2257.

-The BBQ will be tasted, but there’s no limit on the consumption of pies at the Pie Eating Contest, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

All pies are weighed before and after the competition, which allows contestants five minutes to consume the most pie… without using their hands!

Two separate divisions include ages 10-15 and ages 16 and up. Contestants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present with signed permission to compete.

-B&M Motorsports will present the annual ATV & Motorcycle Dirt Drag, scheduled for 7 p.m., with gates open at 5 and tech beginning at 5:30.

A $10 entry fee will enter riders into one of 24 separate classes with prizes available. For more information call (859)987-4539 or visit mudrace.com.

-A little slower, and a little more crazy, is the Back Seat Driving Contest, taking place on the East Lawn at 6:30 p.m.

The couples competition features a blindfolded tractor driver, with a partner behind them in an attached wagon. The partner must help the blindfolded driver maneuver through an obstacle course. Hilarity ensues.

The competition is a timed event, with penalties enacted for running over any obstacles, out-of-bounds markers, judges, or newspaper photographers.

Registration is open between 5 and 6 p.m., with an entry fee of $5 per couple. The winning duo will receive $30. For more information call (502)543-5616.

The tractor and wagon are provided courtesy of 2M Tractor, Storage & Dumpster.

-Little Miss and Little Mister Bullitt County Pageants take place Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. in the pavilion. Contestants must be ages 5-8 as of Jun. 30. Entry forms are due by June 8 at 5 p.m., with an entry fee of $10. For more information call (502)643-9194 or (502)432-0617.



-Friday night at the Bullitt County Fair means grilled pork chops.

Anderson said the chops are cut 1-1/4 inches thick, with cooks who have been involved at various times with the Kentucky Pork Produces. They even use the same sauce.

About 300 chops will be available. Come early and come hungry.

-The chops won’t be as tough as the contestants at the annual Arm Wrestling Contest, beginning at 7 p.m. in the pavilion. Registration and weigh-in begins at 6. Entry fee is $5.

The contestants will be divided into six weight classes, with a women’s class open to all comers. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each class. For more information call (502)543-5616.

-The Derby King Demo Derby is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with an entry fee of $35 before 6:30 and $45 after.

The top driver will receive an $800 first prize, with trophies for second and third. For more information call (270)268-1356.

-Fireworks will be included as part of the Friday night fair experience. Anderson said the fireworks will be set off sometime after dusk.



-The fair’s biggest day begins with baby pageants, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. with ages 0-6 months, followed by ages 7-12 months at 10:15, 13-17 months at 11, and 18-23 months at 11:45. Multiple births ages 13-23 months will take place following the 18-23 months competition.

Entry forms must be received by June 8 at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $5. For more information call (502)543-5616.

-At 2 p.m., the Tiny Tots Pageants begin, starting with two-year-olds at 2 p.m., followed by three-year-olds at 2:45 and four-year-olds at 3:30. Contestants must be ages 2-4 as of Jun. 16.

Entry forms are due by Jun. 8 at 5 p.m. and entry fee is $5. For more information call (502)643-9194 or (502)432-0617.

-The Saturday morning matinee includes an old-time return to the Wild West, with the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Exhibition hosted by the Kentucky Sharp Shooters Central Kentucky CSMA Club.

Bring the entire family to see cowboys ride through the Horse Show Ring, taking shots at bandit balloons. For more information call (502)409-0036.

-Another morning event for the kids is the Pedal Tractor Pull at 11:15 a.m., sponsored by O’Bryan Dairy, Don & Ben Snellan, and 2M Lawn Equipment, Tractor & Storage.

Classes will be divided based on the child’s weight, with prizes for first and second place. All participants will receive a ribbon. For more information call (502)538-6736 or (502)538-6611.

-The Nail Driving Contest begins at noon, sponsored by O’Bryan Dairy. Each participant will get three hits per nail, with judges determining the straightest driven nail.

The event is open to males and females, with classes divided based on age. For more information call (502)538-6736 or (502)538-6611.

-If you’ve never been to it, there’s nothing quite like the Kentucky Frog Jumping Contest, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the pavilion. All frogs and their jockeys must arrive by 4:30. The entry fee is $2, with a 10-jump maximum per jockey.

Each frog will have 15 seconds to complete three successive jumps, with a distance measured from the starting point to the end of the third jump. From there, watch as jockeys and patrons either try to catch, or try to run from, the frogs.

The winning jockey will receive a $50 prize and blue ribbon, with prizes and ribbons for second and third place. The frogs will receive their freedom. For more information call (502)955-5653.

-The annual Haystack Hunt is scheduled for 6 p.m., giving kids an opportunity to look for all the candy they care to collect.

A winner in each of three age categories will receive a blue ribbon, but all contestants get to keep any candy they find.

-The Kids Pole Climb begins at 7 p.m., with contestants timed and their height measured that they reach on the pole.

Winners will receive ribbons, and all contestants receive free watermelon.

-The fair wraps up with the Bullitt County Mud Racing event, presented by B&M Motorsports, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with gates open at 3 and tech at 4.

Be forewarned that the vehicles at the mud racing event can be very loud.

Various entry fees include $30 for Stock, $40 for Modified and $50 for Open Class. The entry fees do not include fair admission. Various purse payouts are available to the top three in each category. For more information call (859)987-4539 or (859)227-1002, or go to mudrace.com.