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New events, musical entertainment and a way to avoid parking headaches highlight the 2011 Grant County Fair and Horse Show.
The week-long festivities at the Northern Kentucky Fairgrounds on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown will be July 29 to Aug. 6.
Rides will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 and go through the last day of the fair.
Admission is $8 per person and includes unlimited rides and grandstand events.
Children under 2 years old receive free gate admission, but must purchase individual ride tickets for $2 per ride.
Discount tickets can be purchased until July 30 for $6 each at the Dry Ridge Toyota Parts Departments.
“They are the only place you can get them,” said Tena Webster, Grant County Fair Board president. “There’s a limited number of supply. They won’t be available forever.”
Free parking and shuttle service will be available this year from 6 p.m. to midnight at Grant County Middle School.
Opening night at 7 p.m. on July 29 will feature an event the fair has not had in several years — a Mud Run.
“It’s mainly the dune buggies or the buggies that have big wheels,” Webster said. “We also have a class with kids will have their four-wheelers through the mud. The track’s got quite a bit of loose dirt and is sloppy. It’s a speed event.”
Another new event will be held at 7 p.m. July 30 with trucks and tractors in the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series.
“This a group who have done some of the indoor pulls at the horse park in Georgetown,” Webster said. “It’s the first time we’re having them. They bring in tractors from all around. Hopefully, that will be a good event.”
Other new activities include a motorcross race at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and the Remote Control Truck Pull at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6.
One notable change to this year’s fair is the Miss Grant County Fair pageant is open to non-Grant County residents who live in Kentucky.
“We’ve kind of had low participation,” Webster said. “So, we opened it up.”
The final day of the fair will end with two musical performances at 8 and 10 p.m. by singer Quentin Flagg at the amphitheater.
“He does everything from Elvis to country music,” Webster said. “He’s real entertaining.”
Check the fair website at www.grantcofair.com for a complete schedule of events.
The website or the fair’s Facebook page will have up-to-the-minute updates of schedule changes and cancellations.
Fair catalogs are available at The Grant County News and local banks and businesses.