‘A Night of Praise’ featured tonight
Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 9:02 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Joyful noises will fill the Obion County Fairgrounds tonight.
Billed as “A Night of Praise,” the evening will showcase local gospel groups performing at 7 at the Reelfoot Bank Stage, while Fair Karaoke Idol finals are held at the Back Porch Stage.
More than 40 area youth will sing favorite “Glee” songs in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion prior to A Night of Praise and again at 9.
Also on the schedule for tonight are the junior and open swine shows at 6 in the Hunter Miller Livestock Pavilion.
The first drawing tonight will be for $2,000 since Jason Allen of Troy won $500 Tuesday. Mandy Freeman of Union City went home with the Pick Tennessee basket, which is filled with products made in Tennessee.
Fair president Brenda Baker said she’s been told the fair set an attendance record Tuesday night. And, although it was crowded, she said, “Everybody had a good time.” She added she was told traffic was backed up on Miles Avenue all the way to Union City High School and it was taking about 45 minutes to get into the fairgrounds.
“The weather has been a blessing. We had hoped the weather would break. … It has and people are coming out to enjoy the fair.” Union City experienced a high of only 92 Tuesday with a low of 65 overnight. In the two weeks while fair officials were preparing for opening night, the area saw temperatures near and over 100, with the heat index hovering around 105-115.
The fair received the first of its official visitors Tuesday night and they were impressed with the attendance and the exhibits. “The displays are fantastic this year. The superintendents have worked really hard and I’ve never seen the buildings look better,” Mrs. Baker said, adding board member Johnny Bruff has been with the fair since 1968 and he too said they have never looked so good.
“We’ve got some really talented people in Obion County.”
Mrs. Baker said there are several new commercial exhibitors this years and, with it being election year, there are lots of politicians.
“There’s activity all over the fairgounds,” she said.
General admission tonight is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12, with children ages 5 and younger admitted free. A ride armband special will be available on Wednesday after 6 p.m. for $20.
Thursday will be senior citizens and exceptional children day. They will be admitted free until 4 p.m. A senior citizens program will be held at Sunswept Baptist Church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Area seniors will perform skits based on TV Land.
Thursday will be another pay-one-price night beginning at 6 when everyone will pay $10 for admission and unlimited rides. At 6, the junior and open beef show will begin in the Hunter Miller Livestock Pavilion and West Tennessee Idol Concert will be performed on the Back Porch Stage.
The fair show “Glee” will be held in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion at 7 and 9. The winner of the Fair Karaoke Idol contest will sing at the Reelfoot Bank Stage at 8, prior to Whitney Duncan taking the stage at 8:30.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 8.18.10