Ballard County Fair
Kelly Paul, AY Editor
Ballard County Fair
La Center - The Ballard County Fair got off to a great start last week, and it promises to offer even more fun events and activities this week as well. While the Harness Races and Barrels & Training Poles actually officially ushered in the 2014 Fair in June, these two weeks in July really put the county in Fair mode.
The fun began Thursday evening with the annual pageants and didn’t stop until late into the night on Saturday.
Friday night offered spectators quit a show with Western Kentucky Competition Racers Association (WKCRA) Short Tract & T.T. The racers had the crowd cheering and, sometimes, even gasping as a few of the riders had some setbacks. There’s nothing like watching a guy’s 4-Wheeler slam into another 4-Wheeler and then seeing said guy fly through the air with a bit of acrobatics only to finish upright and walk off of the track.
Saturday morning brought out a crowd to the Ballard County Fair Parade. Emergency vehicles, tractors, cars, trucks, teams, churches and more made their way from the fairgrounds and up Broadway. As usual, smiling kids were eager to grab up as much candy as they could that was being tossed out of the vehicles in the parade. Prizes were given as follows: Tractors/4 wheelers- Billy Gene Hook, Churches- La Center 1st Baptist, Horses- Lalee Graves on Steve & Jennifer Holder’s miniature horse, Group- Smokey D’s, and Cars/Trucks- James Wildharber.
Saturday night brought out all the 4 Wheeler and Mud Bogg lovers to the Spank the Monkey 4 Wheeler Mud Races. Nothing brings a county together more than 4 Wheelers, mud, and a stuffed monkey.
And the fun isn’t over yet. Exhibits will be judged on Wednesday, and the infant, babies, and toddlers’ pageants will be on Thursday. The Talent Show will be held Thursday evening as well. Friday will bring more Spank the Monkey; this time trucks will take the track.
Kid’s Day will be held on Saturday with lots of fun things to do including: a pet show, a dog show, bike rodeo and horticulture judging.
Saturday night will bring more trucks out for their chance at taking a run through the Mud Boggs.
The weather forecast looks great with unseasonably lower temperatures, so this week at the Ballard County Fair is sure to offer something fun for everyone.