HAZARD — The Perry County Park became fairgrounds over the weekend, as the Perry County Fair returned for its second year. Summertime heat seized the park on opening day, but otherwise, the weather was beautiful throughout the duration of the fair, which compelled a multitude of families to venture into Hazard and enjoy the festivities.
One of the fair’s most popular stars this year was a camel named Nacho. Kids lined up to take a camel ride and snap photos with Nacho. As is customarily the case with any county fair, animals played a large role in the events that were scheduled. Pig races were held daily. The annual H and H Horse Show capped off the fair’s festivities Saturday night.
Several human stars participated in the fair too. Neal James from Call of the Wildman greeted the crowd to take pictures and sign autographs on Thursday. Turtleman himself, Ernie Brown, from Call of the Wildman took his turn with the autograph pen on Saturday. Country music singer, and winner of season seven on The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, headlined the on-stage entertainment Friday evening. Boyd’s performance was followed by a new introduction to the fair this year; a fireworks display.
Automobile enthusiasts were treated to a Cruise-In on Thursday. Pathfinders of Perry County organized a hike. The fascinating Battle of Leatherwood team put together a Civil War skirmish reenactment, which happened daily during the fair. Music, drama and magic acts showcased their talents each day, with hometown sensations, Midlife Crisis, bringing all of the stage entertainment to a rocking close on Saturday Night.
The original idea behind the fair remained intact for 2016. Local organizations, schools and churches were given the chance to setup booths and make money in support of their causes. As a result, the fair was filled with plenty of good food.
The fair is organized and operated by The Perry County Fair Board of Directors, along with Judge Executive Scott Alexander and all of the volunteers who helped with setup and worked the booths.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.