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Trimble Fair opens Monday, military to be honored

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By Dave Taylor

The 2012 Trimble County Fair opens Monday, June 18, featuring six days of entertainment, pageants and amusement rides. Complete details of fair events, 4-H rules and other information was published in the “2012 Trimble County Fair Guide,” which was inserted in last week’s issue of The Trimble Banner. Gates 1 and 2 open at 5 p.m. daily. Casey’s Rides begin nightly at 6 p.m. Admission to the fair will be $10 from Tuesday, June 19, through Saturday, June 23.

The fair opens Monday, June 18, with Family Night. The special $6 Family Night admission price includes rides and activities. Gate 3 will open at 4 p.m. for the 4-H, FFA Livestock Show, which begins at 6 p.m., and the Liestock Open Class Show at 7 p.m. Other events on Monday are the Baby Contest at 6 p.m., Cutie Pie Contest at 8 p.m. and the Talent Showcase at 9:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 19, Gate 3 will open at 4 p.m. for ATV participants. The ATV Drag Race is set to begin at 5 p.m. The annual Mother-Daughter Look-A-Like Contest is set for 7 p.m., followed by the Men’s Hot Legs Contest at 7:30. The 2012 Miss Trimble County Fair Pageant—open to Trimble County residents only—will highlight the evening’s activities at 8 p.m.

4-H, Open and FFA exhibits may be entered from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, June 20. Exhibits will be open for viewing from 6-9 p.m. Gate 3 opens for Horse Show participants at 4 p.m. The Western Pleasure and Miniature Horse shows are set to begin at 6 p.m. The Princess/Pre-Teen Pageant (open to all Kentucky residents) begins at 6 p.m. The Miss Teen Trimble Pageant (open to all Kentucky residents) is scheduled for 7 p.m.

On Thursday, June 21, all veterans and active military personnel will be admitted to the fair free of charge with military identification. Seniors, age 62 and older, will be admitted free with a coupon from The Trimble Banner, Roundabout, Fair Catalog and Local Businesses. Exhibits will be open for viewing from 6-9 p.m. An Antique Tractor Show will be held at 6 p.m. A Mud Run kicks off at 7 p.m. The highlight event of the evening will be a 7 p.m. Recognition Ceremony in honor of all veterans and active military personnel. Veterans and active military personnel are strongly encouraged to attend.

Command Sergeant Major Jimmy Supplee (U.S. Army retired) will be the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Recognition Ceremony for all veterans and active-duty military personnel during the fair.

The Carrollton resident served with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Unit of the Kentucky National Guard, stationed at Carrollton. Supplee and a large number of young men from Trimble and Carroll counties served a year of active duty in Vietnam from Oct. 1968 to Oct. 1969. They were joined by other Kentucky Guard units from Bardstown and Elizabethtown.

The battalion’s firing batteries occupied such famous bases as Fire Base Bastogne, Tomahawk Hill and Hamburger Hill. Its responsibility was to provide fire support for the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky. Together, they were to keep North Vietnamese regulars from destroying neighboring villages located along the China Sea.

Supplee, although retired, remains very active in veterans’ affairs and has been a frequent speaker at Veterans’ Day ceremonies and services.

Veterans and active military personnel will be asked to sign in at the outdoor shelter house at the fairgrounds and will be recognized during the ceremonies. Each should provide their name, branch of service and dates they served. They are also encouraged to bring photos, uniforms and/or other memorabilia from their military service to be exhibited on display tables.

State Senator Ernie Harris and State Representative Rick Rand are also expected to participate in the recognition ceremonies.

On Friday, June 22, Gate 3 will open at 4 p.m. for Motorcross/ATV participants. Exhibits will be open for viewing and pickup between 6-9 p.m. An Antique Tractor Show will be held at 6 p.m. The Little Miss/Mr. Contest (open to all Kentucky residents) also gets underway at 6 p.m. Motorcross and the Youth Livestock Auction are both set to begin at 7 p.m. Jake Mounce will provide live music beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will also be live music at 8:30 p.m. provided by the Shefton Kash Band.

The 2012 Trimble County Fair will culminate with a number of activities on Saturday, June 23. The 4-H, FFA and Open Rabbit and Poultry Shows will be held at 10 a.m. The Pet Show begins at 11 a.m. Participants in the Fair Parade will begin lining up at Trimble County High School at noon. The parade through Bedford begins at 1 p.m. Exhibits will be open for viewing from 6-9 p.m. A Truck Tug-of-War is set for 8 p.m. The Night Moves Band will provide live music beginning at 8 p.m.