DANVILLE - The Boone County Fair promises something for everyone when its gates open at 4 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Lick Creek Park in Danville.
Admission is free to the fair, which runs from Aug. 1-3.
Organizers say they expect an increase in the craft vendor participation this year, along with inflatables and activities for children, fresh new food offerings, a variety of entertainment and a fireworks show.
Organizer and volunteer Leona Messer, who has volunteered for the event since the early 1990s, said careful planning and an effort to find new vendors and entertainment are part of the challenges that go into putting on an event of this size.
"This year the interest has been much better than it was last year," she said. "As of right now, we have about 15 vendors signed up and we'll continue to get those as we get closer to our opening day," she said last week.
Grilled corn on the cob and funnel cakes are among some of the new food on the menu along with the traditional staples of fair food offerings.
Foam archery and battle balls are part of the attraction for kids. Inflatable play will be available for around $5 and a projected price for foam archery and battles balls is under $10.
On Saturday, there will be a car show with registration from 12-1 p.m. and judging between 1-3 p.m.
Organizers are looking for judges for a salsa tasting contest at 3 p.m.
Book bags and school supplies will be given away at 4 p.m. on Saturday, which is Kids day with gates opening at noon to accommodate the activities; gates will open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
This year, door prizes will be given away with no purchase necessary. Prizes valued at $30 and up and will be awarded at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on each day. Prizes include a smart phone, coolers and portable electronics.
The country store, which will be located in the arts and crafts building, will sell raffle tickets for a chance at prizes like tools and electronics.
The fair will conclude with a fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
"We've received more volunteers this year," Messer said. "All we get out of this is to be able to look at people's faces and hope that we did a good job. We got a lot of new, fresh ideas. We're excited to have some fresh entertainment and we're excited about our lineup."
Hair Supply guitarist Johnny Compton said he looks forward to playing the rock hits of the 1980s for attendees.
"We're excited and honored to be a part of it," he said. "We want to put on a great show and hopefully bring back some memories with some '80s rock anthems."
CVN reporter Phil Perry is also a member of Hair Supply.
Opening ceremonies will be conducted by VFW Daniel Boone Post 5578 at the stage at 6 p.m. on opening day.
Questions can be posted at the Boone County Fair Facebook page or by calling Virginia Messer at 304-245-8113.
2019 Boone County Fair entertainment schedule
7 p.m.: Rick Curry and the Currytones
9 p.m.: Hair Supply
5-7 p.m.: Karaoke
7 p.m.: Marshall River Band
9 p.m.: Sheppard Brothers
7 p.m.: Jim Dillon Band
9 p.m.: Powerhouse
10:30 p.m.: Fireworks