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Demolition and Splendor at the Hopkins County Fair

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY—Though it looked like heavy rains were going to be moving in on Madisonville this evening, July 28th, the bad weather held off for the most part and the second night of the Hopkins County Fair brought out a total of over a thousand fairgoers.

One event held at the fair’s second night, was the 21st Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Beauty Pageant. With 25 girls competing in the competition, it was one of the larger turnouts the pageant has attracted. After the 12 finalists had been judged and last year’s Miss Teen Hopkins, Brianna Robinson, modeled for the crowd of over 100 while a prerecorded speech by her played over the speakers, the final decisions were made. Madisonville North Hopkins High School Freshman, Gabrielle Witherspoon, 14, walked away with both the title of Miss Teen Hopkins and Miss Congeniality. Coming in as the First Runner-Up, was Hailey Howard. The Second Runner-Up was Kaley Thompson. The pageant was sponsored by Goldenrod, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and Millay Orthodontics

Patrons of the Hopkins County Fair also got a chance to see three derby-style events in the fairground’s arena, which were hosted by B&M Promotions. At the event, folks were able to purchase food, drinks, and Cold Stone ice-cream on behalf of the Hopkins County Central High School’s Bandboosters as well, which helps to raise money for Central’s Band.

At the beginning of the tri-fold venue, there was a Mini-Car Figure 8 Derby, which started around 8pm. With two large tires placed on their sides in a mud-filled rectangle, the drivers muscled their way around the obstacles in a figure 8 pattern, trying their best to get as many full laps as possible within 10 minutes. In the end, Coiltown, KY resident, Mike Bramlett, #71, took the $300 prize for first place prize.

Following the Figure 8 Derby, a Mini-Car Demolition Derby was held in the arena. After mud-slinging bouts between the drivers, one car was left standing: #14. The driver, Kerry Davis, who hails from Owensboro, KY took home a trophy and a prize $500 for her 1st place victory.

iSurf News spoke with the humble derby car driver after the event and found out how she felt about winning, as well as how she started racing.

“I’ve been in 14 derbies,” said Davis, “and 14 is my lucky number. I just went out there to have fun, so it was pretty surprising to win. My fiancée started when he was 14 and he takes care of my car. I’m also sponsored by Buy Rite Auto Sales in Owensboro, McCarty’s Towing, Speedy Muffler, and Extreme Vinyl and Graphics.”

Emery Martin, the Chief Tech of B&M Productions, told iSurf News that, “We had a lot of really good action here tonight. We had quite a few mini-cars in the mini-car division. The turnout was larger than last year in both events. Once again this year, the mini-car demolition derby was won by a female driver. I guess that’s the standard for the Hopkins County Fair derbies.”

A final “grudge match” Demolition Derby was held as the final event as well. Coming in second place overall as a result of the rematch, was #8, Mikey Evans.

Other than the main events of the night, there were also long lines for the classic Hopkins County Fair rides, such as the “Gravitron” and the “Ring of Fire,” as well as several booths from various local groups, businesses, political candidates, and organizations. Most of the booths and attractions will be setup all week long, too. What follows is a partial list of those in attendance at booths on the second night: the Leukemia Foundation (Walk 4 Life) on behalf of local MNHHS sophomore, Lindsay Basham, who is currently battling Leukemia (visit www.lightthenight.com for more info); Big Biting Pig Productions; Daymar College’s new Madisonville Campus; State Representative candidate, Ben Waide; NewWave Communications; Cash Express on Center St.; Madisonville Mayor candidate, David Jackson; State Senate candidate, Jack Whitfield Jr.; County Attorney, Todd P’Pool; the Mid-West Kentucky Chapter of the Red Cross; The Pampered Chef; and the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni.  

In addition, fairgoers could also stop and watch as Travis Reed of Bear Hollow Wood Carvers turned logs into works of art via a chainsaw. An exhibit of local art, photography, antiques, canned food, and more is on display for the rest of the week, too, which is provided by both the 4H Club and the FFA.

Overall, the Hopkins County Fair is pretty jam-packed with things to do for the entire family. Tomorrow night, July 29th, the Fair will be offering events such as a full-sized car Demolition Derby at 7:30pm, as well as the Little Miss and Mister Pageant at 7pm. Many of the booths mentioned above will be onsite, too, along with several others.

The Hopkins County Fair can be found online at www.hopkinscountyfair.com.

iSurf News will continue to bring you news of everything fair-related througout the week, so stay posted.

Luke Short
iSurf News

By clickng the box below, you can access a picture slide-show from the second night of the Hopkins County Fair as well.




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