Activities and events galore slated

Activities and events galore slated

Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2008 9:36 pm
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor The 2008 Obion County Fair, the 50th consecutive edition, is chock-full of activities and entertainment. And, with the current weather forecasts calling for only slight chances of rain and highs in the mid- to upper-80s, it should be a good week to enjoy all the fun. The fair will open at 5 p.m. Monday with the raising of the American flags and the naming of new members to the Hall of Fame. Children from across the county will compete in the poultry show in the livestock barn and the duck-calling contest at the Whitney Cozart Pavilion at 6, followed by the Teen Miss and Fairest of the Fair pageants at the grandstand at 7. Stick horse races will follow the poultry show in the livestock barn at 7:30. Mason Hill quilters will be demonstrating their craft in the Domestic Arts Building that evening. Things will be buzzing early in the livestock barn Tuesday when the Junior Livestock and 4-H hog, steer and lamb shows get under way at 8 a.m. That evening, individuals and business representatives will gather in the livestock barn to purchase the animals during the annual Obion County Junior Livestock Association auction. The Master Gardeners of Northwest Tennessee will also have a presentation on Lasagna Garden in the Domestic Arts Building. Petite Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants will begin at the grandstand at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will be the first of two pay-one-price nights when all fairgoers, regardless of age, will pay $10 to get in the gate. The price includes all activities and unlimited rides. The second pay-one-price night will be Wednesday. Season passes will be accepted, but do not include the rides. Junior and open swine and the junior market goat show will be in the livestock barn at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and the truck and tractor pull is sure to be a big draw at 7. Nita Simpson will be demonstrating wood burning in the Domestic Arts Building that evening. Senior citizens 55 and older and exceptional children (through arrangement with their teachers) will be admitted to the fair for free until 4 p.m. Aug. 14. That morning at 9:30, senior citizens will gather at Sunswept Baptist Church for a fiesta. Trophies for Cinch and Rook tournaments, set for 8 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at the Eddie Cox Senior Center, will be awarded and seniors will be treated to a meal. Armbands for unlimited rides will be sold for $15 from 6 p.m. until closing. Simmental, charolais, commercial heifers and open beef shows will be held Aug. 14 in the livestock barn at 6. Country music group Confederate Railroad will be in concert at the grandstand at 8:30. Mason Hall quilters will once again be demonstrating their craft in the Domestic Arts Building. Angus, Red Angus and Hereford shows will be in the livestock barn on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. The demolition derby will start at 7 p.m. Two concerts will be held on that Friday. Variety entertainers Monument will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by the local group Ten 56 with rock ’n’ roll music at 10:30. Nadine Killion will give pointers on creating a Penny Wool craft in the Domestic Arts Building. The annual pet show will be held at 9 a.m. in the livestock barn on Aug. 16, followed by the mule show at 10. School-aged children will be admitted free from 2-6 p.m., with a $15 ride armband available for that time. A tae-kwon-do exhibition will be held at 2 in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion, followed by a bike give-away at 3. The garden tractor pull will be held at 3 p.m. at the grandstand. Wool and Woolies and a sheep show will be in the livestock barn at 5 and 6, respectively. Lawn mower races will be held at 7. Local carver James Scott will demonstrate his craft in the Domestic Arts Building. The “Rock the Jukebox” musical will be held each night in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion, beginning Tuesday at 9 p.m. and continuing with shows at 7 and 9 each following night through Aug. 16. The annual give-away will be held at 10 p.m. at the grandstand all six nights and will include cash as the prize. If the holder of the first ticket drawn each night is present, that person will receive $1,000. The holders of the second or any subsequent tickets will receive $500. Five hundred dollars will be carried over to the following night’s drawing if a second ticket is drawn, making it possible for the first ticket-holder on nights Tuesday through Saturday to receive more than $1,000. General fair admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for those ages 5 and younger. A season pass is $20 and is good for all six days. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 8.7.08

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