Family farm fun

New Carrollton festival
to pay tribute to farm life

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (August 2003) – Livestock exhibits have always been a vital part of county fairs.
In an effort to strengthen this mainstay, organizers have established a new event titled “Carroll County Salutes the Family Farm.”
Fair board officials were looking for an opportunity to “try to develop the agricultural side of our fair,” said Greg Davis. Plans are still in the tentative stages.
This premier three-day event is scheduled for Aug. 14-16, with gates opening at 5 p.m. nightly, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Organizers said there would probably be a single gate price admission, comparable to the Carroll County Fair admission price.
Davis said the lineup for each evening will include one of the following: demolition derby, truck tug or mud run. A children’s carnival will be set up and concessions will be available.
Concerns were expressed over attendance because the Kentucky State Fair will also be going on at the same time. But organizers are hoping to get the word out about their event and still draw in many local farmers who may not want to make the drive to Louisville to display their livestock.
Rhonda Welch, staff assistant for the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service, is assisting in coordinating exhibits and promoting 4-H inclusion for the event.
Since there is already a 4-H livestock pavilion at the fairgrounds, the goal of this event is to spread the word to get more “ag-type participation in the upcoming county fairs,” she said. Welch said she hopes this event will help establish the annual county fair as “more than just a carnival.”
Family Farm Days will give children a chance to view farm animals, such as calves, hogs and goats, “up close and personal,” she said.
There are many children within the county who would like to become involved in agriculture activities, such as showing livestock at 4-H events, said Welch. But these children may not have the space at home to keep animals and take care of them.
Many area farmers are willing to let children use their animals for these purposes. This event is a good way to encourage this interaction between farmers and youth in the community, organizers say.
They are hoping this event will become reminiscent of the “old-time county fair,” said Davis. Contests, animal displays and exhibits are sought to make this agricultural event bigger and better.

For more information, call the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism & Convention Commission at 1-800-325-4290.

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