It was the biggest crowd the Fair has seen throughout the week and there were several events for them to enjoy.
One of the most popular events of the evening was the Mud Race in the arena area. Broken up into 5 Divisions—Modified, Pro-Stock, Super-Stock, 4/6 Cylinders, and County Only—the speed based competition offered hours over two hours of entertainment for local spectators. The goal for all divisions in the races was to get the fastest time from point A to B on a straight 100ft track.
After the dust and mud had settled, contestants from our local area, as well as from out of the state, walked away winners. The list of winners in each division, their hometowns, and the names of their cars is as follows (their times are listed in parenthesis as well): Tyler Curtis of McMinnville, TN won first place in the Modified Division with his car, “Mountain Made” (1.738 seconds); Tommy Wallace of Wickliffe, KY won first in the Pro-Stock Division with his car, “Yo Mama” (2.152 seconds); Dylan Cato of Advance, MO won first place in the Super-Stock Division with his car, “Mudder Pucker” (2.876 seconds); Morgan Menser of Dawson Springs, KY won first place in the 4/6 Cylinder Division (3.687 seconds); and Roger Miller of Madisonville, KY won first place in the County Only Division (3.444 seconds).
After the races were over, iSurf News spoke with the Timer of the Lights for the races, Elaine Christopher, and found out why people should come out and watch events like this one.
“I think most of the racers in tonight’s show were local people,” said Elaine. “Also, the big classes, like the Pro-Stock and Modifieds, bring in people from all over. They have a lot of money in those trucks, so we need people to come out and support them.”
Another main event held at the fair’s fourth night, was the 7th Annual Miss Preteen Hopkins County Beauty Pageant, which began at 7pm. A total of 36 girls between the ages of 8 and 12 competed to a room of approximately 130 fans. After the field of contestants had been narrowed down to the top finalists, the Miss Hopkins County Preteen winner from 2009, Rachel Renee Rickard, presented the crowd with a prerecorded speech while the judges deliberated. In the end, Jocelyn Paige Herring walked away with first place, becoming the new Miss Hopkins County Preteen. In addition, Maci Lynn Daves won 1st Runner-Up, Breonna LaSha’ Adams got 2nd Runner-Up, and Riley Alexandria Johnson won the Miss Congeniality Award.
Other than the main events of the night, there were also long lines at the classic midway game booths, such as the fishbowl ball toss, dart games, and even a couple of photo booths. 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, including a camel. 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. During the morning (10am), locals also got the chance to see an interesting Animal Show.
Overall, the Hopkins County Fair is pretty jam-packed with things to do for the entire family. Tomorrow night, July 31st, the Fair will be offering events such as a Tractor Pull at 7:30pm, as well as a Talent Show put on by WFMW, which will begin at 7pm in the Midway Building. 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.
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