Upcoming Fair Nightly Preview
by Edmonson Voice Staff
With our 2014 Edmonson County Lions Club Fair coverage, we continue with a preview of each nightly event. As we reported earlier, the interest level has been raised already because of the new carnival that is set for this year. However, Lions Club Fair Board Chairman Mike Blanton said he's already heard complaints about the increased price for the carnival, which includes unlimited nightly rides. "People want bigger and better rides, so that's what we're bringing," he said. "The $10 admission price includes that night's event, and all the rides, and in this day and age, you can't have this kind of entertainment anywhere for less than $10 per person."
The carnival won't be in place for the first few nights of the fair, but the fair will kick off with two nights of beauty pageants, normally huge events. Thursday, Sept 4, 7pm, opening night, will see the Little Miss, Tiny Miss, and Mrs. Edmonson County pageants. Admission will be $5 per person, with kids 6 & under free. The event will not be at the fairgrounds, due to weather forecasts. It will be held at South Edmonson Elementary.
Friday night, Sept 5 will be the second series of pageants, featuring Miss Edmonson County, Miss Teen, and Miss Pre-Teen. The event will not be at the fairgrounds, due to weather forecasts. It will be held at South Edmonson Elementary. Admission is $5/person, with kids 6 & under free. You can find out more on the Edmonson County Fair Pageants Facebook page.
Saturday night, Sept 6 features the Kentucky Outlaw Truck Pullers Association Multi-Class Truck Pull. Considered a premier event, admission is $10 per person (no carnival) and starts at 7pm. You can visit the association's website for rules and procedures here.
Monday night, Sept 8 at 5pm, will be the Annual Baby Show. Sponsored by the EC Homemakers, classes are 0-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 13-18 mos, 19-24 mos, 2 yrs, and 3 yrs. Call the EC Extension Office at 270-597-3628 for more info. Admission is $5/person. The Homemakers receive a portion of the proceeds as they handle all of the exhibits that are entered in the exhibit barn. This helps them continue their many charity causes throughout the year.
Tuesday night, Sept 9, features the first night of the new carnival, as well as a unique event, the Lawn Mower Demolition Derby and Racetrack. Last year, Blanton said even in the rain, the event was a huge success, thanks to promoter, Bud Woodcock. There will be cash prizes for winners, admission is $10/person, starts at 7pm. Call Bud Woodcock at 270-246-1202 for rules, regulations, and registration fees.
Weds night, Sept 10 will feature the new carnival only. Gates will open at 4pm and there is no admission cost, only a $10 charge if you choose to enjoy the unlimited rides. For example, if a parent brings a child and only the child wishes to ride, it's only $10 for the child, the parent won't be charged unless they choose to ride attractions.
Thurs night, Sept 11 will hold the Dirt Track Drag Racing at 7pm. While ATV's and dirt bikes are the most popular, trucks and cars are also included too. This event is modeled after any popular drag strip with timing lights and a 250ft dirt strip. Cash prizes will be awarded, call 270-791-8363 for more info.
Friday, Sept 12 is the annual Parade and School Day Event. To participate in the parade, you must meet at the ECHS parking lot at 8am. The parade begins at 9am with the carnival opening immediately after the parade ends. $10 armbands will be available until 3pm. At 4:00pm an additional $10 will be required for the Friday night event.
Fri night, Sept 12 will be the Mud Bog at 7pm, featuring 5 different classes. Gates open at 4pm, and is expected to attract a huge crowd. Admission is $10/person. Get there early for best seating or for registration if you wish to participate.
Saturday night, Sept 13 will be the much anticipated Demolition Derby. The event is the fair's most popular event and draws an audience from many surrounding counties. It will feature three different classes along with the highly entertaining Kid's Powerwheel Derby during intermission. It begins at 7pm and admission is $10 per person. Call Bud Woodcock at 270-246-1202 for rules and more info.
Editor's note: We hope this year's fair will draw the largest crowd to date. The Lions Club works hard all year long to bring the fair to Edmonson County. The new carnival is expected to be one of the best ever, and we look forward to covering each event and seeing all of you there.
Escaped Prisoner Captured
Edmonson Voice Staff
Justin Vincent was apprehended at approximately 7:45 pm on Tuesday, August 19. Deputy Stoney Phillips of the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Officer Nathan Dennis of the Brownsville Police Dept, and Kentucky State Police located Vincent near a cave just north of Indian Creek Road. Vincent was tracked by a KSP K-9 unit. When located, Vincent briefly fled on foot, but surrendered after the K-9 was sent after him. He was arrested without further incident and lodged in the Hart County Jail. He is currently facing escape 2nd degree and fleeing and evading first degree. Lt Shane Doyle is handling the investigation.
Edmonson Voice Staff
As September nears, Edmonson County residents begin looking forward to Labor Day cookouts, football season, and the fair, sponsored by the Edmonson County Lions Club. The club's fair board chairman Mike Blanton says that the organization is busy preparing for 2014's fair that is estimated to have around 10,000 visitors throughout the duration of the event. According to Blanton, a new company has been contracted for the rides and attractions in the carnival. "The old carnival would not cooperate with us, or bring the kind of rides we asked for," he said. "We lost a lot of high school students and older kids and families because the rides weren't big enough. We just couldn't deal with them anymore." He also said that the quality of the attractions from the Florida-based company had steadily declined over the years and the Lions Club was able to find a better company near the Owensboro area. Blanton said that fair-goers can expect bigger rides and more of them. "We've had complaints about the rides over the last few years, but we couldn't do anything about it. We were under contract and they (the Florida company) quit doing a good job with the rides."
This year's fair kicks off Thursday, September 4, with one of two beauty pageants, where admission cost will be $5 per person. There will be no carnival rides until Tuesday, Sept 9, at which admission will increase to $10 per person, but that includes unlimited rides at the carnival. The Lions Club spends over $40,000 putting on the fair each year, with hopes of making enough in return to fund the numerous charity events that they sponsor throughout the year. Blanton says no member of the club is paid anything and that every dime stays in the county. Charity drives funded by the club include eye glasses for the needy, a $1000 scholarship, a co-sponsor of the annual parks and rec fireworks show, the school-wide backpack food program, a new coat for each and every Head Start student, and around $2000 for the Christmas Angel program. The Lions Club is much more than guys wearing yellow vests at the fair. They are dedicated men that work all year round making sure that not only the needs of the fair are met, but also so many other needs of Edmonson County. Stay connected for a preview of each event in a few days.
by Edmonson Voice staff
Recently, there have been two unrelated burglary attempts that have been stopped by armed Edmonson County homeowners. On August 7th, Kristin Jurisich, of Silent Grove Church Road, noticed a suspicious vehicle driving past their house. Because they'd had a large sum of cash stolen from their home on the night before, she became concerned and informed her husband, Richard. Mr.Jurisich then called police and sent his wife to a neighbor's house. After a few minutes, he noticed the vehicle had stopped just down the road, and a passenger, later identified as Don Lyons, from Louisville, jumped out of the car and headed toward the Jurisich's home. Lyons attempted to gain entry through the front door when Mr. Jurisich, armed with an AR-15 rifle, ordered Lyons on the ground and held him there at gunpoint until the Edmonson County Sheriff's department arrived, which placed Lyons in custody. He was charged with attempted burglary.
On July 23, Brian K. Jones, 32, of Corbin, attempted to break into the home of Ross and Megan Wells of Brownsville. Mrs. Wells, who was home at the time, called family members and police, then armed herself with a rifle as she spotted Jones in their garage, going through personal items. Her father-in-law, Rex Wells, who was nearby, arrived at the home, armed with a handgun. Jones immediately fled the scene and was unable to steal any property. He is currently wanted for third degree burglary. He was last seen in a late-model red Toyota sedan with license plate number 300 CKC. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Brian K. Jones, please contact the Edmonson County Sheriff's Department at 270-597-2729.