Darren Doyle, story
**UPDATE** This year's fair theme is "History Of Mammoth Cave." Mark Rich, Mammoth Cave NP Safety Officer Named Parade Grand Marshal:
It's hard to believe, but yes, it's almost that time of year once again, when the smell of corn dogs, kettle corn, and other scents that are, well, interesting to say the least...okay, enough of that. Let's talk about the 2016 Edmonson County Lions Club Fair.
This year will feature much of the same events that people have grown to love over the years, like beauty pageants, a baby show, the parade and school day, and of course, the mud bog and demolition derby. One change is that the beauty pageants will be held at the ECHS auditorium, not SEES as in years past.
Fair Board Chairman Mike Blanton has been busy all year long (just like every year) preparing for this year's event.
"I feel really good about the carnival this year," Blanton said. "The company we've hired has said that they're bringing in some really good rides and we hope this will be a good year."
Blanton says it's difficult for a small community like Edmonson County to contract a company to bring large numbers of rides or larger attractions because those companies stay booked in long term contracts with places and events with higher populations.
Blanton says the purpose of the fair is to bring good, quality family entertainment to Edmonson County while raising money for the many charity works handled by the Lions Club throughout the year.
The Lions Club is made up of volunteers that don't receive any payment for their work throughout the year. The organization funds charity events and causes like the new coat program for all head start students, the Angel Tree program which adopts needy families at Christmas, The Backpack Food program for schools, a scholarship, the annual Parks and Rec Fireworks at Freedom Fest, and various school causes along with other good deeds no one ever knows about.
This year's fair schedule is as follows:
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