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Tractor pull postponed as fair gets under way
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Fair activities get under way today for the 58th Warren County A&L Fair as entries for the antique quilt show are accepted at noon and a youth market goat show starts at 6 p.m.
Fair board members and volunteers have worked throughout the year to maintain the fairgrounds, but work has really intensified in recent weeks.
“We’re close,” said fair president Kevin Lawrence earlier this week. “We’re never completely ready, but we’re getting there. Of course it’s going to happen whether we’re ready or not.”
One significant change to this year’s schedule is the tractor pull, which is traditionally held the first Saturday of the fair. However, the tractor pull will not be held tomorrow. It’s been moved to the second Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m.
If your appetite has a craving for some great fair food, the Lions Club booth will be open this afternoon starting at 4 p.m.
“We’re going to be open as many hours as we can put in,” said club president John Brown. “We’re going to be slinging burgers and fries and all that good stuff so come on out and see us.”
Brown said a lack of volunteers will scale back Lions Club food booth hours, a comment echoed by John Jacobs with Morrison Ruritan. Jacobs said Morrison Ruritan will open its food booth Sunday at noon in preparation for gospel singing. After that it will open at 4 p.m. Monday thru Thursday. He said the booth would be open all day next Friday and Saturday.
Boyd Christian will have its food booth open Saturday at 10 a.m. Covenant Academy says it will also open Saturday but later in the day starting at 4 p.m.
Another popular attraction, the petting zoo, opens this Saturday at 4 p.m. Right at 30,000 people toured the petting zoo last year.
This year’s headline entertainment is country music superstar John Anderson, who is set to make an appearance Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.
Lawrence says the board always tries its best to get big names, which it has managed to do quite a bit, partly through an unusual ability to pick winners.
“We’ve been lucky over the years,” Lawrence said. “We’ve had some big names we booked early in their career and from the time that we booked them to the time that they appeared at our fair they’ve had a No. 1 song so that’s really helped.”