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County fair will be ‘bigger and better’ this October

When the peanut dust begins to settle, that’s a good indication that it’s time for the bright lights, chills and thrills of the Pike County Fair.

Homer Homann, president of the sponsoring Troy Shrine Club, said the 2017 Pike County Fair is set for October 3-7 at the Pike County Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 231 south of Troy.

“This year, Modern Midway, will once again be our promoter,” Homann said. “Modern Midway was a big hit with everyone last year with a larger midway and some new bigger and better rides. We expect to have five to six new rides this year. When you have a great midway, you have a great fair and we’ll have a great midway.”

Homann said the Troy Shrine Club is working with the local 4-H and FFA clubs and will have a fantastic poultry display on Tuesday night of the fair.

“And, on Thursday night, there will be a showing and judging of the pigs that have been raised by 4-H and FFA members that are participating in the Pig Pen project,” he said.

The Pike County Fair’s Cattle Barn will have a variety of farm animals including cattle, horses, mules, pigs, rabbits and poultry.

As is traditional with a county fair, the Pike County Fair will have displays of crafts, paintings, baked good and canned good and produce along with booths featuring local clubs and organizations and local businesses.

“This year, the school kids are bringing in a lot of artwork,” Homann said. “We are in the process of building additional displays to accommodate all of the kids’ artwork. This should be an area of special interest.”

Homann said all items that will be entered for judging in the Creative Living Section of the county fair should be registered at the Pike County Fairgrounds between the hours of 1 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. No entries will be accepted after those hours. The judging will take place on October 2.

“We’ll have a circus each night of the fair at 7:30 and great entertainment each night in the pavilion,” he said.

The Benton Brothers and Company will perform at the pavilion on Tuesday night. The She-BANG Cloggers and Johnny Barron and the Waterfall Children Band Showcase will take center stage on Wednesday night.

The Alcazar Shrine Band and the Lighthouse String Ensemble will be the featured band on Thursday night and Johnny Barron and the kids will be back on Friday night.

“On Saturday night, Perfection and Grace, a big-time band with music for all ages, will be featured at the pavilion,” Homann said. 

“Armbands are now available for pre-sale at $20. The armbands are good for one night, all night at the country fair.

“In addition, our fair promoter is offering a two-for-one armband ticket for the Wednesday, October 5 show only. This is a really great county fair deal.”

Presale armband coupons are available at Pizza Palace, Brundidge; Troy Bank & Trust Main Office in Troy and in Brundidge and Ariton; Thrift Store, Troy;  Farmer’s Exchange Bank in Louisville; and on Saturday mornings at the Shrine Club on U.S. 231.

Admission to the 2017 Pike County Fair is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to11. Gates open at 6 p.m. nightly.