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|2009 Knox County Fair Off and Running
|It didn't appear that Mother Nature would be accommodating as officials kicked off the 2009 Knox County Fair on Tuesday, but the stormy weather eventually made way for a nice opening day.
The fair was the place to be for both young people and adults, who flocked to the midway to enjoy food and carnival rides, and to the grandstand for the truck and tractor pulls.
Heavy rain and wind moved through the area Tuesday morning. The only lingering effect of that at the fairgrounds was some standing water. Knox County Fair Office Manager Lynn Brown tells WGIL she's glad the weather cleared up.
"Tuesday the first day of the fair is kind of total chaos to begin with, a lot of things going on, a lot of people coming in (and) things setting up. But probably actual people on the grounds I would say Saturday (is the busiest). We do the armbands, Kids Day, a lot of kids events and then the Demo brings in a huge crowd of people, so I would say beginning and end."
Brown says during the beginning of August it's typical to have weather like Tuesday's, and officials are used to it. She says the fair is very important to an agricultural-based area like Knox County, and organizers hope to make it a getaway of sorts for families.
"That's been the biggest goal we think for this year is to make this the vacation. We're close by, we have all the events for young and old, we try to offer things for everyone of every interest just trying to help out for those people who can't afford a huge vacation far away. So we're close to home and easy to get to."
The fair continues Wednesday with harness racing at 12 p-m and free rodeo events at 6:30 p-m, both in the grandstand. The big draw Tuesday night was the truck and tractor pulls in the grandstand.
Some of the younger fairgoers who didn't take in the grandstand entertainment have their own reasons for attending the fair. "The rides and hang out with friends," says 14-year old Rylie Yoho of Abingdon.
A friend of Yoho's, 14-year old McKenzy DeJaynes of Abingdon says she likes the food. "The funnel cakes are really good."
Another 14-year old from Abingdon, Jessica Irons, admits she has another reason for attending the fair. "Friends and all the guys are up here."
Brown says there are many people responsible for putting the fair on. One of those individuals is Norm Wilcoxen of Abingdon, who has volunteered for decades and Brown says takes care of the dirt track at the fairgrounds.
Wilcoxen will be recognized Thursday night before the stock car races.
Knox County Fair Pictures - Tuesday, August 4, 2009
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Mike Perry)
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