Hello again from my home, historic Peach Blossom Hall, to yours. I appreciate your reading my column. Hopefully I will have some good information for you to read.
The 2014 Logan County Fair started last Saturday evening with a top notch horse show with both a large entry and a large crowd. Thank you Logan Countians for your strong support. It was a great show with a lot of excitement and thrills.
Monday was a very strong showing of goats, swine and sheep. The largest entries in years with top quality animals and many young people joining in the exhibiting and wins. I am always sensitive to the condition of the animals and I can tell you these were some of the best conditioned animals that I have seen in a long time.
Tuesday the rides started up behind the arena. That evening there was a very fine cattle show in the new arena. Again, there was a very large entry of top quality animals. With such a large entry of fine entries it made the wins even sweeter. Congratulations go to Milam Cattle Company for having the Grand Champion & Reserve Females and to Butch Nunn of 4 Star Cattle for his entry of the Grand Champion & Reserve Bulls. Having been a public school teacher I was so proud to see so many youth joining in with every aspect of the show.
Wednesday was car load night for the rides. It was also entertainment time in the covered shelter. There were a number of good entertainers that performed until 9 p.m. when it all came to a close for the day.
Thursday all started back up again at 5 p.m. with free admission, free parking and reasonably priced food. The rides, exhibits, vendors, a big karaoke contest and later several beauty contests followed with much participation. The paper will carry much of the results next week.
This afternoon, Friday, the fair will again open at 5 p.m. with free admission and free parking. The rides have a charge for individual tickets or arm bands for unlimited riding. Free entertainment will be in the shelter. The popular Forgy Town Band starts off at 5 p.m. followed at 7 and 8 p.m. by the award winning Murphy Family Scottish Dancers. The Scottish Dancers will perform two entirely different shows that afternoon with different costumes and dances each show. That evening the fair board is bringing a giant truck pull contest. There is a very large entry. Admission is only $8. Be there by 6 p.m. and expect fun and excitement.
Saturday morning everything gets underway at 10 a.m. Free admission and free parking. The rides will begin by noon. The big BBQ Cook Off Contest will be under the shelter. There are at least eight entries for this fun event. For $5, a person can sample BBQ prepared by each contestant and then vote for your favorite. The Farmers Market will be going on next to the shelter. Vendors, exhibits, meet the candidate booths, food booths and free entertainment will be going on all day. The entertainment including three shows by the Murphy Scottish Dancers will most likely go on in the auditorium of the extension service
building. The home economics show will probably be in one half of that very large room. (It will be partitioned.)
Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. there will be a great music event in the arena. There will be two big acts. The Spring from Florida and then Marty Brown & Band, from Bowling Green, will appear in concert. The price is only $8. per person. Bring the whole family. Reasonably priced food and soft drinks will be available. Bring your own chairs if possible.
Please support your new Logan County Fair. This is the first year of a growing fair. Next year it will be even bigger and better. We need your support now so please come out and enjoy the shows.
OTHER NEWS Friday, August 15 there will be a gospel singing benefit for the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk-Athon. It is set for 6-9 p.m. at the old Logan County Courthouse. There will be lots of local talent. There will also be a bake sale and other refreshments. If you would like to sing on the show contact DeeDee Reed at 615-663-3286. Please bring your own chairs.
A special thank you to John Burns of the Russellville Electric Plant Board for getting the electric current back on for several homes on Cornelius Avenue this week. He is efficient, polite and a class act!
One hundred years ago, August 1, 1914 Russia and Germany declared war on each other. (Four days earlier Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia.) This was the beginning of World War I and the loss of millions of lives. 100 years ago 95% of all births were at home. The average life expectancy was 44. Only 6% of the population had graduated from high school. Only 8% of the homes had telephones. Only 14% of the homes had bath tubs. The average worker was paid 22 cents per hour. The population of Las Vegas was 30.
My motto of the day is, “As I have grown older, I’ve learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.” Author unknown.
Time to go. Good evening to Virginia Lloyd, Mike Rice, Mr. & Mrs. Herman England, Patty Costello, Mr. & Mrs. Nick Reed, Mary Cornelius, Peter & Jane Swan, Brent Summers, the folks at Armistead Farms and “Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.”