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Lawrence County Fair Board Members James Ratliff (from left), Shane Dail and Warren Williams show one of the new livestock pens at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. Work is nearing completion on the facility, which will be ready for use in time for next week's fair.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence County Fair is next week

The 91st annual Lawrence County Fair and Livestock Shows will be held next week, Monday through Saturday, Aug. 15.

The new barn will be ready for those participating in the livestock shows, according to Fair Board Member James Ratliff.

Ratliff said the barn, which will have a total cost of approximately $35,000, is being paid for in large part through grant funds.

In addition to General Improvement Funds from the state, the Fair Board also received a $15,000 grant and a $4,000 matching grant for electric and lighting, both from Rural Services.

A $4,800 insurance settlement from the collapse of a building due to heavy snow is also being used to fund the new construction.

In addition, volunteers have donated labor including Kevin Smith's crew, who did the labor on the electrical work for free.

Ratliff, who also serves as state representative for the county, said when they started making plans for the new barn, they wanted to do it right.

"When we went after grants for this, we wanted to do it nice," he said. "These kids have dealt with a lot in past years in our old barn."

An easily cleaned concrete floor, power outlets on each pole and new livestock pens with self-latching gates are just part of the improvements. The new barn also provides an area for a hog show ring, keeping competitors from having to move their hogs a long distance in the heat.

Fair attendees will also enjoy an air-conditioned commercial building, which is located in the old gymnasium, as well as renovated bathrooms in that facility.

New aluminum bleachers will provide seating for an additional 200 fans at this year's rodeo.

The Lawrence County Fair will not feature a carnival this year due to scheduling conflicts with the carnival company. The Fair Board did not have any luck finding a new carnival for this year, but members are already seeking a carnival for next year's event.

The fair will kickoff with the annual pageants, which will be held Monday in the Sloan-Hendrix Gymnasium. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature contestants' ages newborn to 21 years old.

The annual youth talent show will also be held that night in the gym as entertainment for the pageants. The talent show will begin at approximately 6 p.m.

Other events scheduled are as follows:

Tuesday

7 p.m. - Horse Halter Class in the Rodeo Arena.

Wednesday

9 a.m. - Noon - Livestock, Poultry and Field entries early check-in.

2 p.m. - Set up commercial booths.

3:30-6:30 p.m. - Set up educational booths.

5 p.m. - All animals must be in place.

4:30-6:30 p.m. - Check in entries in Educational Exhibit Building and Educational Booths.

7 p.m. - Gospel singing with ice cream social in gymnasium.

Thursday

8 a.m. - Noon - Check in entries in Educational Exhibit Building.

1 p.m. - Judging in Educational Exhibit Building and Educational Booths.

5-8 p.m. - Educational Exhibit Building open.

6 p.m. - Open cattle show. Entry fee is $10 per entry.

Friday

10 a.m. - Livestock judging.

Noon - 8 p.m. - Educational Exhibit Building open.

8 p.m. - Rodeo, ladies goat milking and goat chase. Rodeo admission: free for ages five and younger, $7 for children six to 12, and $10 for ages 13 and older.

Saturday

9 a.m. - 1p.m. - Auto show registration.

10 a.m. - Livestock premium auction.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Educational Exhibit Building open.

Noon - Auto show judging, livestock check out.

Noon - 3 p.m. - JR Rogers & All Stars.

3 p.m. - Auto show awards.

3:30-4:30 p.m. - Educational Exhibit Building check out.

8 p.m. - Rodeo, wild cow milking, calf scramble. Rodeo admission: free for ages five and younger, $7 for children six to 12, and $10 for ages 13 and older.

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