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Hancock County Fair opens next week; won state level awards 4 years running

Volunteers and fair board members were working again last Saturday at the fairgrounds in preparedness for the Hancock County Fair happening on August 2nd-5th.

Fair Board President, Greg Wettstain, and V.P., Scott Basham, said they hope for this fair to better than ever. The HC Fair has won state level awards 4 years running, including 2022 Most Progressive Fair. This award put our fair in the Top 6 out of 83 KY county fairs!

The categories judged by the state for Most Progressive Fair are: livestock entries, horse entries and food entries (crop & youth entries are approved for state aid), 4-H & Future Farmers entries & involvement, and dollar amount spent on entries not approved for state aid.

Greg & Scott expressed that they would appreciate, more than ever, for the young generation of 4-H & FFA to be involved with our county fair. Please contact the local 4-H advisor for all exhibit entries. They said the participation of these groups will ensure continued success.


“We want everyone to please take the time to submit your entries,” Scott said. “You can find all the categories in the HC Fair Catalogue – garden produce, crops, baked goods, canned goods and a whole lot more, such as ice cream eating contest, rabbit show, and hobo contest. It’s all in the catalogue.”

Fair Catalogues

HC Fair catalogues are located at: Weber Store, Woosleys Farm & Feed Supply, Independence Banks, First Financials, Powers Express, HC Farm Supply, Bill’s IGA, JJ’s Pizza, Thompson Tire and Papa T’s Auto Parts.


“Casey Rides, who has been our ride provider for 8 years, is back,” Scott said. “We continue to hold our gate admission for 2 years and over to $10. All rides are free for 2 and under with gate admission.”

Report to Board Office

“We have been told that some people have been asked to pay cash to ride last year’s fair,” Scott added. “If that happens to anyone 2 or above, please feel free to reach out to Greg or myself. If a situation such as this arises, please report them immediately to the fair board office, as that is the only way we can address issues like this.”


“At this time,” Scott said, “the current schedule for some of the main events are as follows, and these are just some. Please keep in mind, these could change at any time due to weather or other conditions.”

On Wednesday, August 2nd, exhibit entering begins at 2 p.m. for crops, garden flowers, canned goods, etc.; an Ecumenical Service will be at 6:15 p.m., and no rides/carnival on this first day.

Thursday, August 3rd, the rides open 6 p.m. Baked goods can be entered starting at 8 a.m. Laser Tag is at 4 p.m. The Youth Livestock Show happens at 5:30 p.m., and the Talent Show starts at 6 p.m. Jed Guillaume performance, Metal Mania & Pony Pull all begin at 7 p.m. And, Miss Teen & HC Fair Queen Pageants start at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, August 4th, rides open at 6 p.m. The Haflinger & Mule Pull and Laser Tag starts at 4 p.m. Ole 60 Band performs at 5 p.m. Tiny Tots, Little Miss & Mr. Hancock Co. begins at 6:30 p.m. Gently Used Band performance, Go Kart Racing and the Horse Pull all begin at 7 p.m.


On Saturday, August 5th, there will be a designated ride time for only those with special sensory needs, from 1-2 p.m. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, and siblings can ride with them. After 2 p.m., rides are open to all.

Saturday is a big day at the fair, with a Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m., Baby Contest and Youth Sports at 9 a.m., 4-H Rabbit Show at 10 a.m., ATV Drag Racing, Doll Show, Hobo Contest & Bubble Gum Contest all at 11 a.m., Cake Walk at 11:45 a.m., Homecoming at 1 p.m., Pedal Tractor Pull & Pet Show at 2 p.m., Ice Cream Eating Contest & Laser Tag at 4 p.m., Ranch Sorting at 5 p.m., HC Junior Princess & Prince at 6 p.m., Fun Mule Show at 6:30 p.m. and Demo Derby at 7 p.m.

Thank You Volunteers

“We are so blessed in Hancock County to have such good people that volunteer,” Scott said, “from mowing the grass, to donating gravel, and people to help with excavation to build tracks. It’s more than some think, because all week our tracks are different, so immediately on the nights we are using the motorsports arena, we have guys that go to work and work through the night and up into the next morning at times to have the tracks ready for the next event. Same for the horse, mule and pony events.”

Josh Smith (HC FFA Advisor) and Andrew Hollifield installing metal for the HC Fair Board Office.

Greg & Scott extend a huge Thank You to local farmers: Ward Equipment & the HC Road Department, for working with them to get gravel hauled in, mowing the steep banks and the use of county equipment to get the grounds ready. “We can’t say thank you enough,” Greg said. “We don’t like to mention names, because there are so many people that help. However, Byron & Casey Emmick mow the grounds week after week at no charge and we appreciate that.”

Scott added, “Please bring entries. That’s how we win awards and the list just goes on and on from the city to the county to the state. We appreciate all the volunteers, and we look forward to a blessed, safe and successful county fair for another year.”

The Hancock County Fair is held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, located at 1430 St. Rt. 1389, in Hawesville. HC Fair 2023 is Wednesday–Saturday, August 2nd-5th. For more information, please see the Fair Schedule in this week’s Clarion, and the HC Fair Catalogue. The website is: and the FB Page is: Hancock County KY Fairground http://@HCKYFairBoard.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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