Sunday, July 18, 1999

Demolition derby hit of fair

Tractor pull gets dirt flying today in Kenton

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDEPENDENCE — While some county fairs are known for their horse shows or livestock auctions, the Kenton County fair has built its reputation around crashing cars.

        When the 38th annual Kenton County Fair and Horse Show officially opens Monday, organizers expect to once again pack the hillsides with spectators for the first of two demolition derbies.

        The Screaming Mini Cars will be featured Monday night, while full-size sedans take to the track Tuesday night for qualifying heats and a feature event. The fair program advises spectators to arrive early for prime viewing spots.

        “These younger folks are wanting to see this crashing and smoke and dust and noise,” said William Durr, the fair board's 83-year-old president. “They really like that stuff.”

        A tractor pull unofficially launches the fair today from 1-3 p.m. with exhibit registration from 1-4 p.m.

        Other popular events returning this year include Monday night's Miss Kenton County Fair Pageant, Wednesday's Sale of Champions, an 8 p.m. auction of 4-H and Future Farmers of America winning livestock entries; three baby shows Saturday morning and afternoon; tractor pulls at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and the expanded Family Barnyard Fun Night at 5:30 p.m. Friday, where children and adults can herd chickens and catch a greased pig.

        “Over the years, it's grown from a little 4-H fair behind Simon Kenton High School to one of the best county fairs in the state of Kentucky,” said Milton Mains, the former fair board president. Originally featuring a crowd of 200 to 300, today's fair draws a crowd of about 30,000, he said.

        While the Kenton County Fair and Horse Show is sticking to tried and true offerings, fairs in Boone and Campbell Counties are adding new attractions and improvements.

        Sandwiched between the pig scramble and the Western Pleasure Horse Show, the Boone County 4-H and Utopia Fair will offer its first demolition derby at 7 p.m. Aug. 2.

        And at the Alexandria Fair and Horse Show on Labor Day weekend, the theme of this year's Sept. 1 parade through Alexandria is “This year, we're going to raise the roof.”

        Since the old grandstand was destroyed by fire in 1972, a new roof has been at the top of fair goers' wish lists, said Karen Ware, of the Campbell County Agricultural Society.

        IF YOU GO

        Kenton County Fair and Horse Show

When: Officially Monday through Sunday with registration, judging and tractor pull today.

        • Where: Kenton County fairgrounds at Taylor Mill Rd., or Ky. 16, and Harris Pike in Independence.

        • Cost: $6 admission includes parking and rides Monday-Saturday. . Children 3 and under are free, but must pay for a $3 hand-stamp to ride the rides.

        Grant County Fair

When: July 26-31

        • Where: Fairgrounds in Crittenden.

        • Cost: The $6 admission includes Midway rides, all shows and parking. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

        Boone County 4-H and Utopia Fair

When: Aug. 2-7; pre-fair tractor pull, 7 p.m. July 31.

        • Where: Boone County Fairgrounds on Idlewild Road in Burlington.

        • Cost: $6 per person, ages 3 and older, includes all rides. Ages 2 and under get in free, but must pay $1.50 per ride.

        • What's New: Demolition Derby on Aug. 2.

        Alexandria Fair and Horse Show

When: Sept. 2-6, with opening parade through Alexandria on Sept. 1.

        • Where: Fairgrounds at 100 Fairground Lane in Alexandria.

        • Cost: $6 admission covers all attractions and parking; children 3 and under are admitted free, but must pay for rides.

        • What's New: A roof over the grandstand and more parking.


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