Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 8, 2014

Barren County Fair marks 60th anniversary this year

GLASGOW — The annual Barren County Fair will get underway Thursday starting with the open and 4-H beef cattle shows.

This year marks the 60th anniversary for the fair, which is held at the Temple Hill Lions Club Fairgrounds on Ky. 63 in the southern portion of the county.

“We are proud to be the host of the fair for its 60th year of existence,” said William Myatt, fair manager.

A few changes have made to what is typically offered at the fair. One of which is the carnival. Miller Spectacular Shows will be providing carnival rides at the fair this year.

“We are excited to have them,” Myatt said, adding the company has been good with which to work.

The midway will open on July 14. Fair-goers will receive unlimited rides with each paid admission of $10. Anyone who is under 36 inches in height will be admitted to the fair free. Those who are 36 inches or taller will be asked to pay full admission price, he said.  

In addition to the midway opening, a concert by Mary Kutter will take place, along with the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull and the Antique and Light Farm Tractor Pull. This is the first year for the truck and tractor pull to be coupled with the antique and light farm tractor pull on the same night. In years past the events were held on separate nights of the fair, he said.  

“We are going to have a bigger and better pull on Monday night,” Myatt said. “We are excited about this change.”

Children’s athletic events, which had typically been held on a Saturday during the fair, have been moved to a weeknight and will take place on July 15.

Also occurring on July 15, will be the Battle of the Barrens Lawnmower Pulling Series.

“We have not had that in the past,” Myatt said about the lawnmower pull.

Family night will take place on July 16, which means admission will be reduced to $8 per person.

Also new to the fair this year is the Coca-Cola Talent Contest, which will take place on July 18. The Barren County Fair is serving as a preliminary competition for the state fair event, Myatt said.

“This is our first year to be a part of this,” he said. “We hope to have some really good quality acts.”  

The lions club will also have a raffle this year during the fair. They will be selling chances on a 48-inch flat screen television that will be given away on July 16. Raffle tickets are $1 for one chance, or $5 for six chances, Myatt said.

A raffle will also be held for monetary prizes, which will be awarded on July 18. Fair-goers will have the opportunity to win $300, $150 and $50, he said.

For a schedule of events that will take place during the fair, see the accompanying schedule.

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