GLASGOW — This year marks the 65th anniversary for the Barren County Fair, which will get underway June 25 and continue through June 29, with livestock shows and floral hall competitions taking place July 11-12.
There will be a variety of new events featured this year.
“The big thing we are having is a demolition derby. It's the first one in the history of the fair, so that's a big deal,” said William Myatt, fair manager. “I'm really looking forward to seeing how the demolition derby goes. We hope to have a huge turnout.”
The demolition derby will take place on June 29, starting at 7 p.m. The event will offer classes for big cars, as well as mini-cars, with prizes ranging from $1,200 to $200 for each category. There will also be classes for children's power wheels and for lawn mowers.
Entry fee for the demolition derby is $50. Inspection of vehicles starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m., according to the fair catalogue.
Also new to the fair this year will be a tractor driving contest, with divisions for youth and adults. The tractor driving contest will take place on June 25, starting at 7 p.m. Registration for the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
The fair will also feature a barbecue cooking contest, which is another new event.
“They don't cook it on site. They prepare it at home and bring it to the fairground and enter it in the contest,” Myatt said.
The barbecue cooking contest will take place on June 26, with registration from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be divisions for both pork and beef. Prizes range from $50 to $20, according to the fair catalogue.
Also taking place from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 26 will be escape rooms hosted by Raven's Crossing in Cave City.
Admission for the escape room activity is free with paid admission to the fair, he said.
Other activities that will be part of the fair will be pageants, wrestling championship, ATV rodeo, cornhole tournaments, lawnmower pull, floral hall, truck and tractor pull, pet show, talent contest, livestock shows, 4-H and FFA competitions, raffles and karaoke.
Also on June 29, from 9 to 11 a.m., those with special needs will get an opportunity to experience the fair.
“It's something that is free of charge,” Myatt said.
Those wanting to take part should contact Myatt by calling 270-834-8333 and ask for Jennifer, he said.
“Hopefully, we will have enough people to contact us about it,” he said.
There are several reasons why people should come to the fair, but the primary reason is because it offers something for everyone.
“I think we've got the most diverse fair line-up we've ever had,” he said. “We always try to improve it every year. I really feel like every single night there is something for everybody. It's a really good mix this year.”
Returning to the fair is Miller's Spectacular Shows, which will be bringing a fresh line-up of carnival rides this year, Myatt said.
Admission to the fair is $10 person for those who are 36 inches tall or taller, except on Friday night when the admission increases to $15 per person.
The fair is sponsored by the Temple Hill Lions Club and will take place at the Temple Hill Lions Club Park and Fairgrounds at 10168 Tompkinsville Road.
Information about the fair is also available on-line at barrencountyfair.com.