After a one-year hiatus, the Hopkins-Madisonville County Fair returns to the Hopkins County Fairgrounds next week.
From Tuesday July 27 to Saturday July 31, the chairman of the board of the fair, Bruce Jones, said the event will look like it always has been.
“We spoke to Denise Beach from the (Hopkins County) Department of Health about two months ago and went through everything with her,” he said, referring to any restrictions or concerns related to the COVID-19.
There will be hand sanitizer stations around the fairgrounds, he said. Even the carnival rides will be disinfected every night.
“The guy who owns the rides has a sanitizer that he used last summer when they were in operation,” Bruce said.
Members of the fair’s board are hoping for a good crowd next week.
Fairs board vice chairman Tom Gulley said they had spoken to other counties that had already held their fairs – both reported high attendance.
“People want to come out and we hope that continues for us,” he said.
To help attract these crowds, new events like the Flores Circus Thrill Show and Monster Trucks have been added.
“Everyone is always talking about monster trucks, now is their chance to see them,” said Gulley.
The Thrill Show will perform every night midway through, while the Monster Truck Show takes place Thursday night in the arena.
Also new this year, the fair is teaming up with the Knights of Christ the King of Columbus to offer a draw for half a pot. Bruce said tickets cost $ 5 and the winner will be announced at midnight on Saturday July 31.
Other events will include the FFA and 4-H competition and beauty pageants that will take place inside the convention center. At the arena, motocross races and truck and tractor pull-ups will take place throughout the week.
Gulley said a new truck and tractor hauling business will be coming this year.
“They pay their participants a little more money, and they have a bigger audience,” he said.
The fair will also host musical performances on Friday and Saturday nights by the Barber Boys, Clayton Q, Rufus Baker and Julia Sizemore, Conner Hicks and the Goose Downing Band.
Gulley said the Goose Downing band have performed in Madisonville before.
“It’s a really good group, I thought,” he said.
Admission fees this year are a little different from previous years. Bruce said admission on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings is $ 10, while admission for Friday and Saturday nights is $ 15.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, while the doors will open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.