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VA-KY District Fair opens under sunny skies

Staff report • Jun 4, 2019 at 12:31 AM

WISE — It may not be astronomical summer, but the VA-KY District Fair makes it officially summer in Wise County this week.

Opening night Monday meant the traditional Miss VA-KY District Fair Scholarship Pageant on one end of the Shelcy Mullins Fairgrounds and the muddier and noisier Auto World Demolition Derby at the other end in the horse arena.

The fair midway included the James H. Drew Exposition’s variety of rides and games, along with the smells of sausages, sandwiches, funnel cakes and cotton candy. Livestock exhibits at the McDonald’s Farm exhibition hall, crafts and agricultural winner displays, food trucks and other exhibits rounded out the fair’s opening offerings.

Tuesday’s gates open at 4 p.m. with the Wee Baby Pageant for contestants age newborn to 3 years, and the Junior Pageant for contestants age 4-15 years.

Truck Drags start at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the motorsports minded, and wrestling fans can head to the horse arena for Ricky Morton Pro Wrestling, also at 7 p.m.

Wednesday is Kids Day from noon to 6 p.m., with the fairgrounds opening at 11 a.m. Rodeo fans can watch SEBRA Bull Riding at the horse arena at 7 p.m., and music fans can go to the main stage for Amber Graham and Chris Mullins at 7 p.m. and Logan Mize at 8 p.m.

Normal admission is $10 for ages 18 and older, $5 for ages 5-17 and free for kids under 5. Throughout the week, fairgoers can take advantage of ride specials on Wednesday and Saturday Kids Days, and one-price rides for $20 Tuesday-Saaturday.

For more information on times, events and rides, check the fair’s website at www.vakyfair.com or on Facebook: Virginia Kentucky District Fair.

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