HOPKINS COUNTY, KY—The archetypal smell of cotton candy and funnel cakes wafted through the air tonight, July 29th, as over a thousand fairgoers from our region showed up for the third night of the Hopkins County Fair.
One of the main events of the night was a full-sized car Demolition Derby, which was broken up into 2 heats, a Consolation heat, and a Feature Event in the fairground’s arena area. With hosting from B&M Promotions, the first of the heats kicked-off around 7:30pm. Adjacent to the bleachers in the arena, were food, drink, and Cold Stone ice-cream vendors from the Hopkins County Central High School’s Bandboosters as well, which help to raise money for Central’s Band.
Throughout the 4 portions of the Demolition Derby, which were held in a rectangular lot that was full of fresh mud, patrons got to witness some entertaining automobile-on-automobile destruction. However, after the derby drivers has been whittled down to four contenders through the 3 action-filled Pre-Feature heats, Hopkinsville native, Jeremy Brown, came in first at the event with his #77 car. 2nd Place went to Josh Adams of Upton (#11), while 3rd Place went to Shannon Wood of Hopkinsville (#37).
Another main event held at the fair’s third night, was the Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant, which kicked-off at 7pm. In total, 16 boy-girl couples, all of which were between the ages of 5 and 8 years-old, showed up to compete in the pageant. Over 100 excited family members, friends, and fans were present in the audience throughout most of the event as well. After the young couples presented themselves in three attire categories—swimsuit, formal, and casual—the judges selected several finalists, yet Sophie Herring and Jack Wagoner came away the winners of the Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant. Both Kennedy Knight and Kael Knight came in as the respectable 1st Runner-Up, too.
iSurf News spoke with the pageant’s Director, Kellie Miller, after the contest was over.
“It has been a great year. I’ve had some wonderful help, too” said Miller. “All the kids did a great job, everything went very smoothly, and we had no problems. We would like to invite any 5-8 year-olds to the event on Thursday next year as well. We were sponsored by Integra Bank and Amber Jones Photography this year. We also thank everyone else who helped out.”
Miller also mentioned that, “We’re very happy with our winners. They will be going to the State Pageant contest on August 19th. They’ll compete against all the other counties in the state of Kentucky, which will be about 80 couples.”
Other than the main events of the night, there were also long lines at the vendor booths for the classic Hopkins County Fair foodstuffs, such as funnel cakes, cotton candy, and caramel apples. Additionally, there were 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 third 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; United Methodist Church; Italian Ices; the Medical Center Ambulance Service; 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 take a trip through the Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, which plays host to a variety of animals from all over the world. An exhibit of local art, photography, antiques, canned food, and more is on display for the rest of the week, which is provided by both the 4H Club and the FFA as well.
iSurf News spoke with Madisonville native, mother, and general patron, Katie Russell, 22, to find out what the Hopkins County Fair means to her.
“You know, coming to the fair just brings back a lot of memories I have from my childhood,” stated Russell. “I really enjoy coming out to it every year. It’s just an awesome thing for our community to have.”
Overall, the Hopkins County Fair is pretty jam-packed with things to do for the entire family. Tomorrow night, July 30th, the Fair will be offering events such as a Mud Race at 7:30pm, as well as a pet show at 10am, which is sponsored by Calhoun Farm & Pet of Madisonville, KY. Many of the booths and attractions mentioned above will be onsite, too, along with several others.
The Hopkins County Fair can be found online at www.hopkinscountyfair.com. General admission to the fair is $10 cash.
iSurf will continue to cover events at the fair until the end of the week (Saturday), so stay posted.
A picture slide-show of the third night of the Hopkins County Fair is available by clicking the box below.
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