Nearly 9,000 people enjoy the Hancock County Fair every year, and a similar large attendance is expected for this year’s fair on August 2nd-5th. It is the highlight of summer for many, and projected to be the best one yet.
“The ride company (Casey Rides) is here,” Fair Board Vice President Scott Basham said. “They’ve got all the rides set-up. Everything is looking good. The county is hauling in dirt & gravel. We’re getting the grounds sprayed for mosquitos. We’ve got a lot of activity going on with painting and people volunteering and cleaning, repairing and patching.”
Bungee Trampoline Jumping
A new attraction has been added this year – Bungee Trampoline Jumping! This will not be considered as part of the “rides” and thus, the fee will be $5 for everyone who would like to try it.
Rides are free with gate admission ($10 for 2 and over), and are open Thursday & Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Rides are open on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. for sensory riders only, accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Junior Firefighters Train & Help Clean Fairgrounds
Hawesville Fire Chief Shane Richards, Junior Chief Rick Cox and the Hawesville Junior Fire Fighters were doing a training exercise at the Hancock County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 29th. They were learning the ins and outs of the pump and hose operations, while also helping volunteers on the work day for preparations of the fair. They cleaned all of the pavilions and buildings out at the fairgrounds, which helped them learn the different hose patterns, etc. “We appreciate the help so much,” Scott said.
Hancock County FFA Advisor Josh Smith said, “One pretty neat event is the Ranch Sorting on Saturday night. It’s a pretty cool event. People come from all over the country. The steers that they bring down here for them to corral-in, a guy brings those up from Tennessee. It’s a 3 or 4 hour drive just to bring them up here. Those cows travel around the country putting on a show for everybody.”
The 2-Man Ranch Sorting Event happens on Saturday, August 5th at 5 p.m. at the horse barn, and proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Please contact Amy Lambert for more information at 270-993-4087.
“One unique thing to remember is our big Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning,” Josh added. “The Homemakers will be in the Amish Booth, kind of across from the Lewisport Lions Club Booth. They’ll have pancakes & sausage, etc. It’s not all-you-can-eat. It used to be, but now it’s $7. You get a pretty healthy, hearty breakfast.”
There will be lots of delicious foods to choose from at the fair this year, including: The Lewisport Lions Club’s ribeye & pork chop sandwiches, Hornet Band’s hamburgers & hotdogs, HC FFA’s COLD Coca-Cola products, Knights of Columbus’s ice cream, The Hawesville Lions Club’s deep-fried corndogs, French fries & jalapeno poppers, The Amish with fried pies & iced coffee, Sunny Daze Food Truck’s fried bologna sandwiches, sloppy joes & Philly cheese steak sandwiches, Magnolia Coffee Trailer with their gourmet coffee, Hello Pop’s Shake-Ups & Ice Pops, as well as a Fruit Cabob Booth.
The Hancock County Fair Talent Show is happening on Thursday, August 3rd, at the Produce Stage at 6 p.m. Sponsor Kyle Culbreth of Kentucky Farm Bureau has donated a $100 grand prize. First-prize winners from each category will be eligible for the grand prize, along with a second and third place grand prize. Leah Marsch & Hannah McCoy are hosting this fun event.
For the full list of fair events, please see the HC Fair catalogue. They 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.
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. The website is: https://www.hancockcountykyfair.com and the FB Page is: Hancock County KY Fairground.
By Jennifer Wimmer