The Bell County Fair opens Thursday at the Bell County Fairgrounds just off KY 92. The event will last Thursday, Friday and Saturday with several shows throughout.
The gates will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The price for admission is $5 on Thursday and Saturday. It will cost $10 to enter the fair on Friday. Children under 5 can attend the fair for free.
A “big diesel” truck and tractor pull will highlight the night on Thursday. The show is scheduled to begin around 7 or 7:30 p.m. There are about 40 different trucks and tractors anticipated to participate in the event, according to Bell County Fair board member Rob Lincks.
There will also be a trick horse show on Thursday. Travis Pressley, the individual providing the show, was one of the first horse trainers at the Dixie Stampede, according to Lincks.
The Friday show will be headlined by the Jamey Johnson concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Festival seating will be available for an additional $10 at the gate. Festival seating is standing room only.
People are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket to sit on during the concert if they are not in the festival seating area.
Johnson received songwriter awards for the 2005 hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which he co-wrote for Trace Adkins. In 2007, he received a Song of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music (ACM) for co-writing the George Strait hit “Give It Away.”
Johnson’s album “That Lonesome Song” earned him a Gold Record. The song “In Color” was named Song of the Year by both the ACM and Country Music Association. In 2009 and 2010, Johnson collected five Grammy Award nominations.
Brooklyhn Woods will be the opening act for the concert on Friday. She is scheduled to perform at 6 p.m.
The Disney Mountain Rodeo will also take place on Friday.
There will be a car show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The trick horse show will take place throughout the day on Saturday.
The rodeo will also take place on Saturday. Bull and bronco riders are anticipated to be coming from southern Indiana, southern Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee to participate in the event.
Last year, 30 riders participated in the show. Lincks said the event has grown since then.
There will be inflatables available for the kids throughout the fair. There will be no additional charge for people to use the inflatables during the fair.
“We have the most inflatables ever assembled in one spot in southeast Kentucky for the fair,” said Lincks.
There will be 11 different inflatables at the fair including a double lane slide, giant single lane slide, treehouse slide, an end zone obstacle course, bouncy houses and much more.
There will be food vendors, along with shaved ice and a mobile lemonade cart, at the fair. Lincks said there will also be some crafters set up.
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