Good times at the Boyd County Fair | New
COALTON Despite the rain and despite the relatively light exposures, it was a good time in high octane, meat against the mat, a good time at the Boyd County Fair on Wednesday night.
The fairgoers were treated to an electrifying spectacle hosted by Generation Next Pro Wrestling from Cynthiana. Promoter Maxx Sledd said that among all Kentucky fans, if not the world, nowhere wrestlers get a more enthusiastic turnout than in Boyd County.
Inside one of the buildings on display at the fair, it was a scene straight out of vaudeville from the turn of the last century. The public waited in folding chairs arranged around the ring with purple and white ropes; the wrestlers were hidden by a curtain erected on the main stage at the back of the hall.
Quickly at 7 p.m. the country music blaring through the speakers went off, a bell rang and a referee slipped into the ring – after an offstage announcer excited the crowd, they walked straight in. in the first match with Christopher Lotus in a pair of tight black and red shorts and Kimba, wearing a set of fur leggings and a prehistoric vest.
Dropkicks, headlocks, body slams, whatever you want – all the while, a horny dude in the audience (or a plant) who knew these wrestlers by heart was screaming and laughing, pissing off the crowd. None of that bullshit from WWE soap opera history – just good old fashion, the way our grandparents saw it at county fairs in days gone by.
The County Fair is more than rides, funnel cakes, and main events – it’s about achievements and dedication to the too lost art of horticulture and ranching.
Earlier in the evening and away from the crowds, things were quieter in the presentation pen, with the ground below covered with grass and the ceilings cooling the small crowd gathered to see how the children raised their chickens and rabbits. .
Nicholas and Nathaniel Withrow and Bailey Bowen, a few tikes dressed in their best western clothes, proudly displayed the bunnies they had raised all year – each received a green ribbon and a trophy to reward their efforts.
Of course, this is not a Kentucky Fair without horses.
In the stalls, 14-year-old Mackenzie Davenport, of Wayne County, West Virginia, was cleaning the stall of his 8-year-old horse Ace. Davenport said the brown Tennessee Walker is friendly with children and enjoys participating in obstacle courses. When asked if he preferred the sugar cubes as a treat, Davenport looked a little baffled.
“I don’t feed him sugar,” she said. “Sugar is bad for them. It rots their teeth and they lose them when they get older.
Mando, a gray Arab, will eat just about anything – there is a sign on his stall: “I will chew anything that stays still.” Indeed, it will – an underhand photographer with The Daily Independent almost lost his lens trying to take that close-up.
That’s okay – Comanche is really good at posing for photos. His sign said so.
In the exhibit hall, the entrances were a bit light this year, according to horticulturalist Lori Bowling of the Boyd County Extension Office. However, people still brought out their best flowers, tomatoes, potatoes, sunflowers and more.
Bowling said in judging these fairground staples, whether green beans or pumpkins, the idea is to look for uniformity, size, shape, color and any imperfections. While common wisdom may suggest that the bigger vegetable will get the Blue Ribbon, Bowling said that isn’t always the case.
“Take a zucchini,” she said. “What you want is an average size, neither too big nor too small. Large zucchini are only good for making bread.
And sometimes a winning entry can happen by accident. This year’s first pumpkin in the jack-o-lantern category (as opposed to the best for pumpkin pie) is the result of a woman who threw a rotten pumpkin off her porch and grew up in her backyard. Bowling said.
Due to COVID, baked goods were almost negligible this year as the judges were unable to test the taste, according to Kathy King, president of the Boyd County Homemaker’s Association. However, canned food has always seen the light of day, but it had to be inspected a little differently than in previous years.
“We had a judge from another county and they had to do it visually,” King said. “They looked at the free space in the box, the seal and the color.”
The Boyd County Fair runs through Saturday, with gospel music tonight, a demolition derby on Friday night and a motocross race on Saturday night.
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