During the committee reports at a recent Bell County Fiscal Court meeting, Judge-Executive Albey Brock took a moment to recognize the improvements made at the Bell County Fairgrounds.
According to Brock, paving for a walking track and parking lots are completed and residents are already putting the trail to use.
“We put that pavement down and each time I’ve been down, and Rob’s been down there, checking on the status of the playground equipment, there’s always someone down there walking,” said Brock. “The park at the fairgrounds is really getting used and it’s not even opened.”
Brock says he is glad to see the park is already being used and hopeful the playground equipment will be ready for the public before the fair.
“We are glad to see it getting used. We are hoping the playground equipment will be completed and up and accessible to the public prior to the fair,” said Brock.
Brock encourages everyone to come to the fair this year and see how it has changed with all the improvements that have been made.
“The fair has changed quite a bit,” said Brock. “It is much improved from what it once was.”
The fair is scheduled Aug. 5-8 with the gates opening at 5 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday. and 10 a.m on Saturday. Gate admission prices include unlimited carnival rides and zip-lines. Admission is $5 on Wednesday, $10 on Thursday, $15 on Friday and $10 on Saturday.
Friday festivities include a rodeo beginning at 7 p.m. and a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Opening act, Halfway to Hazard is a Kentucky based band known for their single “Daisy”. Featured entertainer this year is country veteran Sammy Kershaw.
Kershaw has released ten studio albums, with three RIAA platinum certifications and two gold certifications among them. He is best know by his hit singles, “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer,” “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “Third Rate Romance,” “Cadillac Style” and “Don’t Go Near the Water.”
Saturday, the fun continues with a car show from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and a rodeo/tractor-pull at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit www.bellcountyfair.com.
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