Pike County fair opens Tuesday

Published 10:00 pm Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Troy Shrine Club has been burning the midnight oil getting ready for the Pike County Fair, which will open at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Pike County Fairgrounds.

Shriner Homer Homann said everything is in place and ready for the Dixie Land Carnival to roll into town on Monday.

“The midway will be run by the same people who have been running the fair so successfully the past few years,” Homann said. “It’s just under a different name. But the midway will be just as exciting as it has been, even more exciting because of the new rides coming this year.”

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In addition to a fantastic midway and an interesting, informative exhibit hall and a variety of carnival food, the Pike County Fair will also feature special entertainment each night.

“On Tuesday night, we’ll have the SheBANG! Cloggers, who are very popular in our area,” Homann. “On Wednesday, we’ll have the area wide cheerleading contest and we have six cheerleading groups registered. The Southside Shufflers line dancers will be with us on Thursday. Johnny Barron and Waterfall will perform on Friday night and, on Saturday, Don Fuda’s Southern Classic Band will take center stage. Broken Strings, will play during the band’s break.

“Of course, C.B. the Clown will be on the midway every night. We have some really great entertainment planned and it’s all included in the price of admission.”

Admission to the Pike County Fair is $6 for adults and $4 for ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Kids’ night will be Wednesday and all children will be admitted at half price. Armbands, which permit unlimited riding, will be available for $15.

Homann said the Pike County Fair began in 1945 on the site of the Troy Airport. In 1948, 1.5 acres on U.S. Highway 231 south of Troy were donated to the Shriners and the fair has been held annually at that location since that time. In 1963, the first exhibit hall was built.

The Pike County Fair is the Troy Shrine Club’s major fundraiser.

Everyone is encouraged to make plans to attend the fair during the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.