Graves County Fair 2019 kicks off tonight, featuring Miller Spectacular Shows carnival rides, food vendors and exciting events at the grandstand each night as well as a free admission night for all, courtesy of a Mayfield business.
Graves Fair board president John Farthing said the gates would open at 6 p.m. tonight with a full midway of carnival rides and good food.
Events planned for each night through the rest of the week include the Harness Racing event, which will kick off at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Carnival rides will begin at 6 p.m. that night.
Farthing is inviting everyone to come out.
"Come to watch the races and stay to enjoy the carnival," he said.
Friday will be a big day, according to Farthing.
Mayfield Consumer Products (MCP) will pay admission to the fair for everyone … yes, everyone. The company will also pay the ticket price for those wishing to see the Enduro Derby, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"We've got the admission covered for anyone who comes out, if they live in Mayfield or Graves County or wherever they may be from," said Tuck McConnell, chief operating officer for the company.
MCP's invitation covers admission to the fairgrounds and viewing of the Enduro Derby only, but does not include the cost of carnival rides, food vendors or registration fees for derby drivers.
McConnell said the company wanted to cover the cost as a way to give back to the Mayfield/Graves County community by providing a fun time for families.
"MCP has graciously invited the community to come to the fair," Farthing said. "(On Friday) entry into the park is free to everyone. Rides and wristbands will be on sale by the carnival."
The Graves County Fair board says it is are thrilled to introduce MCP to the community, allowing residents a chance to get to know the company, according to a news release.
The Enduro Derby features a blended competition that mixes circle track excitement with the thrills of a demolition derby, according to Farthing.
"Come watch as racers compete to finish the race and take home the prize money," Farthing said.
A demolition derby will be featured on Saturday. The gates to the park will open at 6 p.m.
"We are expecting the demolition derby to kick off around 7 p.m. at a cost of $10," Farthing said.
Carnival rides on the midway will begin at 6 p.m. each night featuring many familiar rides as well as food/snack vendors.
On Saturday night, admission to the park will be $10 per person; however children 12 years and under will be admitted for free.
Good food is expected to be a special part of the program each night, Farthing said.
"Papa-T has committed to attending our event this year and plans on cooking some amazing food," Farthing said. "Rumor has it that a helicopter might be attending the fair as well. We look forward to seeing everyone this year."
Farthing also extended an invitation to Mayfield/Graves County residents to feel free about coming before the fair board to make suggestions about changes or suggestions of special events they would like to see in the future.
"The volunteer board strives to bring family entertainment to Graves County in a way that benefits everyone in the community. We invite all city and county citizens to bring their interests to the meetings and help us promote what is happening here in our area," Farthing said. "The idea behind each fair is to get people involved and give back to this area we call home."