Pike County Fair opens Oct. 6

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fall is in the air, and it’s county fair time once again.

The Pike County Fair begins Oct. 6 and runs through Oct. 10 at the fairgrounds.

Each year the fair is sponsored by the Troy Shrine Club.

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President Homer Homann said this is the Shrine Club’s biggest fundraiser.

Admission is $6 for people 12 years and older, $4 for children six-11 and no charge for children five and under.

Gates open nightly at 6 p.m. and arm bands for unlimited rides costs $15.

This year’s line up includes Mason Night on Tuesday night.

Tuesday night’s entertainment will feature the Broken Strings at 6:30 p.m.

“What makes this so special is (Broken Strings) are a local family band,” Homann said.

There will also be a blue grass band showcase.

Wednesday night is student night, where students get in free with the tickets passed out at local schools.

“We went to every school in Pike County. We delivered the tickets to kids 11 and under,” Homann said.

“Tickets are good Tuesday and Thursday nights, when accompanied by an adult.”

Homann also said the Shrine Club was able to give the children at Luverne tickets.

Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with Johnny Barron and the Waterfall and children band showcases.

Thursday night local cloggers, SheBang will kick off the entertainment at 6:30 p.m.

The Pike County Schools String Band Showcase will begin at 8 p.m.

Johnny Barron and the Waterfall and the children’s band showcases will hit the stage again on Friday night. At 7:30 p.m.

Saturday will feature local band The Classics at 7:30 p.m.

As always the Dixieland Carnival Co. will provide the rides.

“We are so fortunate to have Dixieland Carnival,” Homann said. “They have top-notch equipment and have a top act.”

Don’t forget the Midway, as CB the Clown will be there, along with the event sponsors.

“We have displays, crafts and preserves,” Homann said.

“Anything and everything. It’s a county fair.”

There is also opportunity for event-goers to come away with ribbons and prize money.

Those who have arts and crafts, produce and canned goods that they would like to show at the county fair are encouraged to do so.

Items may be registered between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For rules and regulations see the Pike County Fair tab that was published by The Messenger. Tabs are available at the Pike County Fairgrounds.

“Probably our best kept secret is last year we paid out more than $4,000 in prize money,” Homann said.

“There will be a Monday afternoon judging.”

The fair is the Shriners’ major fundraiser, which helps donate money to the 22 hospital the Shriners International sponsors.

“Our budget is more than $900 million,” Homann said.

“All care in Shriners hospitals is free.”

Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children have helped more than 865,000 children at no cost.