By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
MADISON COUNTY — The Madison County Fair will begin Thursday, July 25, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 4.
In addition to the traditional favorites of amusement rides and beauty pageants, the fair this year will offer laser tag, said Billy Tudor, fair board chair.
Organizers expect the new game to be popular with families, he said.
However, laser tag may not top the greased pig contest that has been a fairgoer favorite for the past two years, Tudor said.
“It's grown every year in leaps and bounds,” Tudor said of the greased pig contest. “This year we hope to get some adults involved as well as the kids.”
The fair also will have three days of beauty pageants, July 29-31, said Robin Chrisman, pageants director. Each night’s competition will begin at 7 p.m.
Goats and cattle will be shown July 29-30. The lawn mower pull will take place July 31. A Wild West horse show is scheduled for Aug. 1, and the following Friday and Saturday the truck pulls will take place.
Entry to the fair will cost $10 a person, and the fee covers admission to the entertainment, which will vary each day. The gates will open at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, is Kids’ Fun Day, Tudor said. On that day the fair won't charge admission, although there will be a $5 fee for rides.
That day families can enjoy a gospel sing, a remote-controlled car pull, a magic performance from Mark Connelly and music from the Music City Brass band for free.
The fair will kick off on Friday, July 26, when mud racing and other timed events will take place. They also will headline events on Saturday, July 27.
On Monday, July 29, the Pre-teen (ages 8-12), Teen (ages 13-15) and Miss (ages 16-21) pageants will take place.
They will be followed on Tuesday, July 30, by the Baby Miss and Mister (9 to 18 months) and the Toddler Miss and Mister (18 months to 3 years) competitions.
The pageants will conclude on Wednesday, July 31, with the Tiny Miss and Mister (3 to 5 years) and the Little Miss and Mister (5 to 8 years) contests.
Registration for the children’s pageants costs $20. For the pre-teen category, registration is $35, and teen and miss registration is $50, Chrisman said.
Pageant registration may be done online at www.themadisoncountyfair.com. Registration packets also can be picked up at several locations in Richmond and Berea, including the Richmond Mall and University Book Store in Richmond and Lords and Ladies Hairdresser in Berea.
The deadline for registration is the day before a pageant takes place.
For more details about the pageants, call Chrisman at 661-1541.
For more about the fair, visit www.themadisoncountyfair.com.