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Henry County Fair Coverage

News, Events, and Photos from the 2010 Henry County Fair


Deena Nance is Fair's second $5,000 winner

by: Micah Snow

Deena Nance, Saturday night's $5,000 winner, poses with daughters Jordan and Alli, and husband Gary - Micah Snow, photo.

A great crowd was on hand for the final events of the Henry County Fair Saturday night. The arena was filled with hundreds of spectators to watch the Demolition Derby, one of the fair’s most popular events. Saturday also marked the final $5,000 giveaway. Deena Nance won Saturday's drawing, whose winning ticket number came from Lakeway Building Supply. Mrs. Nance said that she just started collecting tickets this past week, and promised her daughters $200 each if she won. Mrs. Nance also said her husband is in the process of restoring an old tractor, and plans to use some of the money to help with that project. The Nance family also hopes to take a cruise in December with monies won Saturday.

A packed house watches Saturday night's Demolition Derby - Micah Snow, photo.

Paris woman wins the first of two $5,000 drawings at the Fair

by: Micah Snow

Cindy Caldwell, winner of Friday night's $5,000 giveaway at the Henry County Fair, stands with Leon Rogers, 2010 Giveaway Chairperson. Micah Snow, photo.

Friday night the Henry County Fair grounds were hustling and bustling as folks crowded into the arena to see who would win the first of two $5,000 giveaways. Just after 8 o’clock, Hannah Robinson, Henry County’s Fairest of the Fair, shuffled the tickets and announced the winning name. Cindy Caldwell, an employee at Four Seasons, was ecstatic as her name was called. Mrs. Caldwell said that she had worked hard to gather over 2000 tickets to place in the drawing, collecting tickets from local businesses on the way to work, during her lunch break, and after work as well. Friday night's winning ticket came from Foundation Bank.

It appears that Mrs. Caldwell’s hard work paid off. She also won Tuesday night’s $500 drawing, and now has another $5,000 to add to that. Caldwell said she plans to use the money to pay bills.

Friday night also featured several demolition contests, including the popular Powder Puff, 80 and up, and Crazy 8 demo derbies.


Woolies Revue, Junior Livestock Sale, Memphis Wrestling highlight Thursday night's Fair events

by: Micah Snow

Thursday night was a busy night at the Henry County Fair, with activities and events for just about anyone from livestock sales to professional wrestling matches and a chance to see the WWE’s own Jerry “The King” Lawler in action. A storm front moved through right around 7 o’clock, bringing much needed rain and cooling everyone off for the rest of the evening. The Woolies Revue kicked off the night’s events in the livestock barn. The Junior Livestock Sale followed, while a good crowd watched wrestlers from Memphis Wrestling duke it out at the arena.


The Woolies Revue Senior High Division Winners: From left, 2nd place Mary Kate Bell; 1st place Brigitte Passman; and 3rd place (tied) Madison Whitfield and Savannah Jones. Micah Snow, photos.

Woolies Revue Primary Winners

1st Olivia Harber

2nd Natalie Clark

3rd Anna Devito

Junior Division

Kara Brogdon

Junior High Division

Shelia Lamb


The Junior Hog Show gets underway as the crowd looks on.

The Fun Slide, just one of many rides at the Henry County Fair.

Fairgoers ride the Sea Ray.

Clouds gave way to a beautiful sunset Thursday night at the Henry County Fair.

At left, "The New Nature Boy" Kevin White and Jerry "The King" Lawler get ready to duke it out at Thursday night's Legends of Wrestling event at the Henry County Fair -- Micah Snow, photos.

White holds Lawler at the ropes while referee Dutch Mantell attempts to break them up.

The New Nature Boy seems to have Lawler in his grasp.

Lawler prepares to suplex The New Nature Boy.

Lawler takes White to the ropes

"The King," standing alongside Su Young, celebrates his victory and thanks the people of Henry County for their support.

Lawler took time to sign autographs with several of his fans after the match.

What it's Worth part of Wednesday's Fair activities

By: Shannon McFarlin

WPSD-TV Channel 6 Anchor Mike Mallory (with microphone) moderates"What It's Worth" at the fairgrounds Wednesday morning with a large crowd on hand. Antiques dealer Jerry Snook is shown making the appraisals while everyone looks on.  Shannon McFarlin Photo.


A large crowd was on hand at the commercial building at the Henry
County Fairgrounds Wednesday morning for a local edition of "What It's
Worth", the antiques appraisal show that is produced by WPSD-TV,
Channel 6.

The show is patterned after the PBS program "Antiques Roadshow" and
numerous local people brought their antiques and collectibles in to be
appraised by retired dealer Jerry Snook of Paducah.

The audience oohed and aahed at the appropriate moments, especially
when Snook said the civil war bronze belt buckle and tag brought to
the program from the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center was worth
$20,000. The buckle and tag was from the historic 54th Massachusetts
Regiment and Heritage Center Director Norma Steele said they don't
know who donated it to the museum; it was found while they were
recently doing inventory.

Other items brought in to the program included a box of school room
aides from the early 1900s, a North Carolina Railroad tariff rate
chart from 1850, a small 1700s derringer and a lock and keys from the
L&N Railroad in Paris.

The event was sponsored locally by the Paris Quota Club. Channel 6
Anchorman Mike Mallory was moderator for the program. It will be shown
at noon on Thursday on Channel 6..

A large group of canned goods and their blue and red ribbons are on view in the community building,

along with other entries from the adult and youth divisions. Shannon McFarlin Photo.

Winners from events Wednesday night at the Fair

Bull Riding

Non Pro:

1.  Scott Decker

2. Andy Chaney


1.  Cody Nance

2.  Cory Bailey

3. Van Lench

4. Brandon Green

Barrel Racing:

1. Niki Gordon

1. Jessica Patterson

2. Kiefer Benson

Lawnmower Demo Derby

Age 12 and Under Barrel Race: Austin Blanton, Murray, Ky

Age 14 and Up Barrel Race:  Dustin Vance, Murray, Ky

Heat 1:

1rst Brandon Vance, Murray, Ky

2nd Dustin Vance, Murray, Ky

3rd Reese Milam, Murray, Ky

4th Anthoy Wallace, Benton, Ky

Heat 2:

1rst Grant Briton, Benton, Ky

2nd Jeff Mitchell, Benton, Ky

3rd Zack Howard, Calvert City, Ky

4th Jr. Hardesty, Crittendon County, Ky

Winners from events Tuesday night at the Fair

Mud Wrestling Winners

Under 18: 1. Mary Kate Bell  2. Makenzie Moody

Men's Division: 1.  Monte Belew   2. Jacob Stahl

Women's Division:  1. Jackie Cordell  2. Amanda Belew

Commercial Heifer Show


Kindergarten:  Thatcher Gulish

Novice Class: 

1. Murray Perkins
2. Tyler Hill
3. Cole Gamlin
4. Deanna Schoolfield

5.  Pierce Rose

6. Ryan Gladwell
7. Tyler Miller

Jr. Class:

1. Melinda Perkins

2. Colin Howd

3. Savannah Gulish

4. Drake Gamlin

5. Emily Rose

6. Savannah Rose

Sr. Class:

1. Morgan Perkins

2. Justin Miller

3. Brooke Rose

4. Chas Uffleman

5. C.J. Schoolfield


First-ever Mud Wrestlin' event draws crowd to Fair

By: Micah Snow

A fairly large crowd turned out Tuesday evening to witness a new event at this year's fair, a Mud Wrestling contest. Some eight people competed in the contest, including Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew. Earlier in the evening, Sheriff Belew also led a canine demonstration, while folks at the fair also enjoyed a visit with the D.A.R.E mascot. Tuesday night also saw the Commercial Heifer Show taking place at the livestock barn.

Jason Smith and James Dunkard prepare to compete in Tuesday night's Mud-Wrestling event at the Henry County Fair - Micah Snow, photos.

Smith and Dunkard exchange blows in Tuesday night's Mud-Wrestling event


Monday a busy day at the Fair

By: Shannon McFarlin

It was hot, but that didn't keep people away from the Henry County
Fairgrounds Monday night. The carnival opened and kick-off ceremonies
honored the families who own the 21 Century Farms in Henry County.
Free cake was served, family members were presented with baskets-full
of Henry County products and Assistant State Agriculture Director
Terry Oliver gave a talk and presented the county with a framed county
map with the Century farms marked on it.

Plenty of other activities were occuring at the fairgrounds, including
the first-ever She Thinks My Tractor is Sexy Contest, for which 39
tractors were entered. Before the contest, entrants paraded their
tractors along Fairgrounds Rd. to Hwy. 218, onto Hwy 79 and back to
the fairgrounds.

A kiddie tractor pull, tractor driving contest and the last of the
royalty revues rounded out the evening.


Fair Board President Bobby Milam congratulates Olive Rose Smith for
winning this year's ag essay contest.
  Shannon McFarlin Photos.

Representatives of the county's 21 Century Farms pose for photos.

Anna DiVito gives it all she's got at the kiddie tractor pull.

Milam and Assistant State Ag Commissioner Terry Oliver look at a
framed map of Henry County with all the Century Farms marked on it,
presented to the county by Oliver.

The 2010 Henry County Fair Royalty -- From left: 3rd maid Jessica Stier; 1st Maid Katherine Diana Williams; Queen Hannah Robinson; 2nd maid Mary Kate Bell; 4th maid Samantha Lindley - Micah Snow, photo.


2010 Miss Teen Royalty: From left, 1st Maid Morgan Nicole Coker; Queen Shelby Beloate; 2nd Maid Erica Nicole Little - Micah Snow, photo.


Sharyln McDaniel won $500 at Saturday night's Cash Giveaway - Micah Snow, photo.


Austin Blanton of Murray, KY takes part in the Barrell Roll - Micah Snow, photo.

#72, driven by Anthony Wallace of Benton, KY, collides with mower #10, driven by Brandon Vance of Murray -- Micah Snow, photo.







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