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Putnam County Fair Events Calendar David Judd and Brenda York take corn and miniature pumpkin entries. Judd has been showing crops in the fair since 1944. Amy Davis | Herald-Citizen

Thursday, Aug. 1 12-4 p.m. — Entries to Country Store 5:30 p.m. — Opening ceremonies, main arena 6 p.m. — Petting zoo 6 p.m. — Rodeo, main arena Friday, Aug. 2 6 p.m. — Petting zoo 7 p.m. — Mountain Man from “Duck Dynasty,” Stage 2 6 p.m. — Mule pulling, main arena

Saturday, Aug. 3 8 a.m.-noon — Entries in all departments (except livestock and poultry) 8 a.m. — Open quarter/walking horse show, main arena 8 a.m. — Draft horse and mule show, main arena 1 p.m. — All department judging 1-3 p.m. — Zumba demonstration 4 p.m. — 4-H fashion revue 6 p.m. — Petting zoo 6 p.m. — Open to the world horse show, main arena 6 p.m. — Western dance competition featuring “Justin Demps Band with Hot Biscuit,” Stage 2

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Kaylee Savage-Cutcher enters some of her handiwork in the arts and crafts exhibits on entry day during last year’s Putnam County Fair. Taking entries from the long line of hopefuls are Jonathan Dyer and Megan Swanger. This year’s entry day is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Aug. 6 6 p.m. — Open dairy show 6 p.m. — Petting zoo 6 p.m. — County horse show, main arena 7 p.m. — Talent Show, Stage 2

Singer, songwriter and guitar slinger Pork McElhinny will perform Sunday at 5 p.m. on the main stage.

Sunday, Aug. 4 1 p.m . — Antique tractor show 2 p.m. — Sheep show, cattle barn 3 p.m. — Battle of the Bands, Stage 2 5 p.m. — Country, rock and blues singer Pork McElhinny, main stage 9 p.m. — Fireworks Ansley Cannon, 2, enjoys the chickens. Amy Davis | Herald-Citizen

Monday, Aug. 5 5 p.m. — Fairest of the Fair Pageant, main stage 5:30 p.m. — Channel 4 Snowbird, fairgrounds 6 p.m. — Petting zoo

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Friday, Aug. 9 6 p.m. — Open beef cattle show, junior livestock and 4-H junior beef and heifer show 6 p.m. — Petting zoo and pony rides 7 p.m. — Truck pull, main arena Saturday, Aug. 10 8 a.m.-noon — 4-H youth pet show, Stage 2 9 a.m. — Cornhole tournament 3 p.m. — Petting zoo and pony rides 4 p.m. — Goat show, cattle barn 7 p.m. — Truck and tractor pull, main arena 7 p.m. — Battle of the Bands winner, Stage 2 9 p.m. — “Legacy” classic rock, Stage 2

Billy and Sue Ing enjoy a game of bingo on Senior Citizens Day. This year’s events begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 9 a.m. — Poultry judging 9 a.m. — Senior Citizens Day 11 a.m. — Lunch served to seniors 1-2 p.m. — Mule wagon rides for seniors 6 p.m. — Petting zoo 7 p.m. — Quarter Horse Show, main arena Thursday, Aug. 8 6 p.m. — Petting zoo and pony rides 7 p.m. — Motorcross Stunt Spectacular, main arena

“3 Penny Nickel” won last year’s Battle of the Bands at the Putnam County Fair competition. This year’s event is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. on Stage 2. The finals are Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Here comes the fair! By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

Cotton candy, whirling rides, bright lights and blue ribbons... nothing like a summer night at the fair. And smiles will be aplenty come Thursday as the 87th annual Putnam County Agricultural and Industrial Fair gets underway with a new carnival and a host of other thrills and events to satisfy the whole family. “People can expect a lot of new and different things this year, especially with the new carnival, James Gang Amusements, which will offer a lot of different rides and a whole new midway area,” fair board president Bill Dyer said. “I’m real excited about it.” The fair kicks off with opening ceremonies in the main arena at 5:30 p.m. followed by “The Greatest Show on Dirt” H Bar M Rodeo at 6 p.m. Other highlights include the Mountain Man from the A&E reality television series Duck Dynasty on Friday, Open Horse Show and Old Time Dance Competition on Saturday, Battle of the Bands and a fireworks

show on Sunday, beauty pageants on Monday, talent show on Tuesday, Senior Day at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, national championship freestyle motorcross show on Thursday and a truck pull on the last Friday and Saturday night of the fair. And much more, of course. It’s taken a whole year of planning by a 15member fair board to bring it all together. “You do need everybody — their work effort and new ideas — to make a lot of positive things happen,” Dyer said. “It’s challenging because you’ve got to put your mind in that timeframe during the whole year. You’ve got to figure out what will work.” But as always, those plans are finally coming together. “It’s a good feeling,” Dyer said. “Of course, you still wonder if you’re forgetting something. There are always a lot of lastminute things to attend to, but it seems like it’s all falling into place now.” He hopes the fair will be a place for fami-

lies to make memories, build traditions and learn about their heritage. “Agriculture is our heritage, and a lot of people may forget that,” he said. “The fair brings it back into purpose and lets our grandkids see the farm animals and the blue ribbons for tomatoes, watermelons and what-have-you. And to me, that’s the fair. The competition for the blue ribbon — who’s got the best.” The fair offers something for all ages, Dyer added. “This is still a family event,” he said.

“They can ride the rides, eat the fair food and make memories.” While many have one aspect of the fair they most look forward to, Dyer enjoys it all. “I just love the whole atmosphere,” he said. “Everything.” And with several new events this year — such as a visit from a reality TV star (a first for the fair), motorcycle stunt show and fireworks — plus some favorites from the past

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New team but same goodies at Country Store By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

Gifted bakers and crafters are busy this week as they gear up to stock the Country Store at the fair. And this year, the store is under new management — but that’s the only difference, according to Crystal Holt, one of six on the committee now in charge. “We didn’t change anything,” she said about the store, which was formerly operated by the county’s seven Family and Community Education clubs. “Everything the FCE already had in place is still going to exist.” Which means it’s still free for consigners to bring in their goods, keeping 80 percent of the proceeds while the other 20 percent goes toward the Fair Association and store staffing. Holt, who has helped run the Country Store in the past, is just glad to see it stay open. “The FCE gave it up this year... and we just didn’t want to see it sit there,” she said. “We are actually a part of FCE, but the Country Store is not going to be associated with FCE anymore.” The Country Store is a place to find homemade desserts, garden vegetables, seeds, jewelry, tools, antiques, figurines, dishes, handmade clothing and more. “We want it to be like a true country general store back in the day where you

walked in, and there was homemade stuff everywhere,” Holt said. The store committee also includes Krisy Livingston, Charity Uker, Betty Uker, Sherron Stanton and Tammy Guess. Those who would like to consign at the Country Store should call Holt at 9790577. “We will mail them a consigner number, price tags and the rules,” Holt said. “They just have to price their own items.” Entries are taken on the first day of the fair, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also periodically throughout the fair. The store is open every day, Aug. 1-10, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Holt anticipates an abundance of goodies this year. “We’ve actually had a lot of people call us to get consigner numbers — a lot more than we’ve had in the past,” she said. “We’re trying to advertise it a lot more, and I think people are excited about it.” That goes for the customers, too. “A lot of people come in looking for stuff they know is in there,” Holt said. “They really like the baked goods.” Especially the fried apple pies. “Once we get a box of them in, they’re gone,” she said. “We cannot keep fried apple pies.” Holt also noted the significance of the Country Store at the fair. “I think it’s important,” she said. “This is an agricultural fair, and I think a general store is an agricultural part of our community.”


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Fair Board The 2013 Putnam County Fair Board — along with 2012 Fairest of the Fair Savanah Benton, front center — includes, in front, from left, Tephany Randolph (treasurer), Cathy Reel, and, after Benton, Kim Bradford, Sue Neal (secretary), and, in back, Andelene Shanks, Patsy Farris, Tony Honecutt, Barbara White, Bill Dyer (president), Kaye Sliger, Dale Moss and Jayne Sadler. Also on the board are Carl Bilbrey (vice president), Cindy Boles (co-treasurer) and Jerry Swift.

The fair ‘an integral part of our community’ By BILL DYER FAIR BOARD PRESIDENT

I would like to invite everyone to come out and experience the 87th Putnam County Fair. The fair has a new carnival, James Gang Amusements, and some real exciting new events, “Mountain Man” from Duck Dynasty, Extreme Motocross, a truck and tractor pull and fireworks. Horse shows, pageants, music and more will also be featured. The fair is not only a part of our agricultural heritage and future, it is an integral part of our community, from the many 4-H, FFA, Scouts and other youth and adults of all ages who compete in various competitions to the many individuals and groups

that help make the fair happen each year. The fair is a tapestry of our lives. I would like to thank anyone and everyone who helps keep the Putnam County Fair a part of our c o m m u n i t y. Most of all, I Dyer want to thank the members of the fair board for all the work and dedication throughout the year. The fair would not happen without people like you.

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Lots of horses headed to the fair By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

For some, the fair is all about the carnival. For others, it’s the food, games and exhibits. But for many — riders and spectators alike — it’s the horses. And horse enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to get their fill of the galloping beauties during the Putnam County Fair. “It’s very exciting,” said fair board member Cathy Reel, who is also chairman of the Open Horse Show and a member of the Putnam County Horse Show committee. “It’s a tradition of the fair. The County Horse Show and the Walking Horse Show have been around for many, many years — 87 years of the fair.” The action kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, with halter classes for Walking Horses and Quarter Horses at the north side of the grandstand arena and the Draft Horse and Mule Show on the south side. “It’s a very congested day, but it’s a lot of fun,” Reel said. “Everybody looks forward to grooming and practicing and getting their horses ready for the shows.”

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Katie Beth Randolph sits atop “Raisin” during the lead line competition at last year’s fair. Leading the way is Carter Randolph. Plenty of horse competition awaits during this year’s fair, including the Open Quarter and Walking Horse Show and Open to the World Horse Show on Aug. 3 and the County Horse Show on Aug. 6.

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The entry fee for both is $5 per class, with a variety of cash prizes — a premium of $2,496 for the halter class winners and $3,575 for the Draft Horse and Mule Show winners — to be awarded to the top five in each. The fun continues Saturday night with the Open Horse Show at 6 p.m. “It’s open to everybody across the state or even other states,” Reel said. “And it’s a Riders Cup horse show, which will hopefully bring in trainers, amateur riders and their customers to help make a great horse show for the fair.” The entry fee is $25, or $35 for the Riders Cup. Cash prizes for the winners range between $20 and $100. “The riders are excited for the horses to come in, and they look forward to every horse show,” Reel said. “There are riders of all ages — men and ladies and boys and girls.” Next up will be the Putnam County Horse Show on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. — the entry fee for which being a canned non-perishable food item that will go to Mustard Seed Ranch. All classes are for residents of See HORSES, Page 9


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HORSES: Several shows throughout the fair From Page 8 the county only. Classes include everything from stick horse racing and costume classes for the kids on up to pleasure specialty riding and racing. A premium of $2,625 will be divided between the winners in cash prizes of $40, $30, $20, $10 and $5. Lots of horses make their way to the Putnam County Fair, Reel said.

“Last year in the Open Horse show we probably had around 180 horses,” she said. “The Draft Horse and Mule Show had 75 to 100, and the local horse show had 80 to 100. So, through the whole fair... I’d say you’ll see somewhere close to 500 horses and mules.” And don’t forget the Open Mule Pulling on Friday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. “Just everybody come out and enjoy,” Reel said.

Scott Beaty, Walking Horse Stake winner in the 2012 Open Horse Show, center, is congratulated by Michael Walraven, ring master, and Cathy Reel, chairman. This year’s show is set for Saturday at 6 p.m.

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‘Mountain Man’ at fair Friday By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

A familiar Southern drawl will be at the fair this Friday — that of Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man. The A&E reality television star will venture to Tennessee from the Louisiana bayou, where he is a friend and neighbor of the

scraggly-bearded, realtree camo-clad Robertson family, who have become a household name as viewers tune in each week for a good laugh as they operate their multi-million dollar business, Duck Commander. “He’s just real slow-talkin,” fair board member Kim Bradford said. “He does the radio show, and he’s their heating and air

Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man will be at the fair Friday answering questions and offering memorabilia from 6-9 p.m. on Stage 2.

guy.” The Mountain Man — who is also known as Tim Guraedy — will be at the fair at 7 p.m. on Stage 2 with local media personalities Becky Magura of WCTE-TV, Philip Gibbons of the Country Giant and Buddy Pearson of the Herald-Citizen. “We’re going to have Philip Gibbons and Becky Magura with Mountain Man on stage, and they will be talking and asking him questions,” Bradford said. “Buddy Pearson will be taking questions from the audience.” Ducky Dynasty t-shirts and other memo-

rabilia will be available for purchase. “Mountain Main will be bringing his own Winnebago in, and it’ll be parked at the fairgrounds, and he’ll be selling merchandise out of it,” Bradford said. Bradford pointed out that Mountain Man has roots in Portland, Tenn. “So, we’re real interested in the Tennessee connection,” she said. To have a reality TV star on the grounds is a first for the Putnam County Fair. “Everybody I’ve talked to is real excited about him being part of the fair,” Bradford said. “It is a very popular show.”

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Master Gardeners help fairgoers enhance their back yards By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

Who doesn’t want a beautiful back yard? A nice place to relax, smell the roses and enjoy quality time with the family. A sanctuary. It can be done, according to the Putnam County Master Gardeners – and they want to show others how to make it happen. Which is why “Backyard Sanctuaries” is the theme of their building this year at the fair. “We’ll show how our back yards might be set up with plants and hardscapes,” said Gloria Vick, chairman of the Master Gardeners fair committee and a past president. “There will be a fire pit, water features... and we’ll show how you can set up a potting area in your back yard.” The Master Gardeners building will be filled with plants grown by its members, with many on hand to share their love and knowledge of gardening. “One mission of the Master Gardeners is to educate our community, and we use our building as an educational tool,” Vick said. “While people are going through, they can ask about the plants – what they are and how to care for them. A lot of times they’ll

bring us questions about things in their yard, and if we don’t know the answer we’ll find out and get back to them.” The building will also feature a display on attracting wildlife. “That area will allow children to make bird feeders,” Vick said. “Also, we will have the popular children’s potting shed, where they pot a plant to take home.” While they’re at it, they’ll get a little education, too. “We talk about the parts of the plant, the type of plant it is, whether it’s an annual or perennial, what it’s going to need – sun, shade and that sort of thing,” Vick said. And if that’s not enough, kids can also dig for worms. “They love the wormery,” Vick said. “They like to find them, touch them and feel them. And while they’re doing that, we’ll talk to them about how important worms are to the soil and to our gardens. They just help to loosen and make good soil – we love it when we’re planting and find a worm.” Vick invites everyone to stop by and check out the facility at no charge. “It’s a great retreat because our building is typically cooler than the outside,” she said. “It gets people away from the hustle and bustle for awhile. They can just come in and look, relax and enjoy.”

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Savanah Benton, right, is crowned 2012 Putnam County Fairest of the Fair by 2011’s Fairest, Chloe Stringer. This year’s pageant is set for Monday night, Aug. 5. The royal night kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Little Miss pageant followed by the Princess and Teen Miss pageants and finally the Fairest of the Fair.


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Putnam County Fair supplement to the Herald-Citizen

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Putnam County Fair supplement to the Herald-Citizen