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Fair starts Monday

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By John Singleton

The Nelson County Fair will return for its 44th year next week at the Nelson County Fairgrounds.

“We are excited,” said Melissa Filiatreau, who has been working with the fair for more than 30 years. “We just hope everyone comes out, because it’ll be fun.”

The fair will run Monday through Saturday, and will feature a variety of events including contests, live entertainment, games and rides.

Admission is $10 Monday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday’s admission fee will cost $15. This standard fee pays for parking, rides and some events.

Family Day is on Wednesday this year, and the fair is also partnering with St. Vincent de Paul’s Bread for Life community food pantry that day. If people bring in a canned good to supply the pantry, admission will be $8.

The Miss Nelson County pageant is back for its fourth year, which is separate from the Miss Nelson County Fair pageant, and is for Nelson County residents only. Both of the pageants will be held on Monday. A “Little Miss and Mister,” as well as a Miss Teen Nelson County pageant, will be Tuesday night, along with the Pre-teen Nelson County pageant, Baby and Tiny Tots contests on Wednesday. Everyone, including contestants, pays admission, Filiatreau said.

The ugly lamp contest will also take place on Wednesday, which costs $5 per entry. Lamps must be in working order, safe to move, and be “of a weight that a human being can move them,” according to the Nelson County Fair catalogue. Religious, political and sexual-themed lamps are prohibited. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner.

“The truck and tractor pull will be on Friday night,” Filiatreau said, “which is a big event in itself.”

The truck and tractor pull will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, beginning just 30 minutes before the Top Dog Demolition Derby starts. The pull will also start again on Saturday at the same time.

Saturday’s itinerary will feature two live musical performances by the Willisburg-based band Sticktight, and 100 percent Angus, an AC/DC tribute band. Sticktight will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. and 100 Percent Angus will perform from 9 to 11 p.m.

The midway opens at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Additionally, Veronica Chisholm, who last year was voted Miss Nelson County Fair, is now Miss Kentucky County Fair, which will lead to the Miss Kentucky pageant in the fall.

“We are very proud of her,” Filiatreau said.

Because Friday and Saturday are busy nights for the fair, Filiatreau advised those planning to attend any events to take note of traffic and parking.

No rain checks or refunds will be issued. Minimum height to ride any carnival ride is 36 inches as required by state law, and children can be measured on site.

More information about the fair, rules and a schedule of events can be found at www.nelsoncofair.com or in the 2019 Nelson County Fair program.