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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: • This year’s Barren County Fair will be held July 14-23 been cancelled for multiple years. The Temple Hill Lions Club would fill the void, and in 1992, the Barren County Fair was reinstated with the club serving as the sponsor and primary organizer. The fair has only grown since then, and organizers credit the community for supporting the event. “The fair has put Highway 63 on the map,” said Doug Belcher, secretary of the Temple Hill Lions Club and a member since 1978. The fair features a wide variety of livestock exhibitions including sheep, goat, hog and beef and dairy cattle shows. Horse shows are always a popular attraction during the Barren County Fair. The truck and tractors pulls also draw large crowds. “The 20-acre farm isn’t even sufficient to park all the cars now when we have a big night,” Belcher said. Thankfully, neighboring property owners open their lots for overflow parking, and the fair carries on without a hitch. The family atmosphere is one of the best parts of the fair. No alcohol is served during the fair, and Belcher said it’s rare to have an issue that requires police involvement. “People like to come and see their friends,” Belcher said. “It’s still a homecoming.” Since its inception, the fair has been noted for featuring a tasty fish sandwich. Belcher said the fish sandwich has become synonymous with the Barren County Fair. “Even during the first year we had the fair, we sold fish sandwiches,” Belcher said. While the food is sure to satisfy, fun is what drives crowds to the event. “The carnival draws people. The people that show cattle — you couldn’t keep them away unless there was a death in the family,” Belcher said. The Temple Hill Lions Club provides doz- ens of volunteers for the event, and the fair manager is William Myatt. “When we have this event it takes all of our members, their spouses, and on a big night, another 40 volunteers,” Belcher said. But the club takes pride in organizing and sponsoring the fair. “It’s something we really look forward to,” he said. F CAVELAND ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORITY When cleanliness and professionalism matter the most... Industrial pumping since 2008! ...know where to go! FEATURING EXTRA AMENITIES LIKE HAND SANITIZERS AND SINKS! Pumped regularly Cleaned, Stocked, & Properly Maintained. Call CEA at (270) 773-2887 Glasgow-Barren County, Kentucky: Illuminated 7