The Bell County Fair wrapped up on Saturday after several fun-filled days of entertainment, carnival rides and rodeos.
Judge-Executive Albey Brock took a moment to recognize the improvements made at the Bell County Fairgrounds during last month’s fiscal court meeting.
“The fair has changed quite a bit,” said Brock. “It is much improved from what it once was.”
Fair goers enjoyed the newly paved walking track and parking lots, which were especially beneficial for the event considering the large amount of rain the fairgrounds seen throughout the week.
Also new to the fair were zip lines, which were free for all who had paid admission into the fair.
New to entertainment at the fair was a talent show themed event sponsored by Brian O’Brien with The Big One 106.3. The Battle of the Bands took place on a rainy Thursday evening and the crowd got to judge local talent to determine who took home the most money.
Jordan King won first place and a $500 prize, Tim Goodin won second place and earned $300 and Faeron won third place and $200.
Friday night’s concert and rodeo brought hundreds of people to the fairgrounds.
Kentucky duo Halfway to Hazard opened the show around 7:30 p.m. to fans in the Tri-State area. Fans traveled from as far away as Nashville, Tennessee to see the duo.
The group told the crowd they were headed to the studio the very next week to record some of the songs they were playing live for the first time.
Country singer Sammy Kershaw took the stage around dusk and performed his numerous hits such as “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.”
The crowd sang along throughout the night and Kershaw kept stopping between songs to thank the crowd for coming out, supporting him and letting him do what he loves to do — sing country music.
“I’m a lucky guy,” said Kershaw. “God sure has blessed me.”
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