MICHELLE STYRON/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
Can you hear that? Do you smell it in the air?
The gears are cranking and the aroma of fried batter covered in sweet confectioner’s sugar is in the air; well not quite, but it is approaching rapidly.
Planning for the Butler County Fair has been underway for months now and all the hard work is about to come to fruition. Members of the Greenville Kiwanis Club are ready to see the smiles on children’s faces and hear the laughter of Butler County families and those from surrounding areas.
Butler County Fair Chairman Eddie Pope said, “It’s the smiles on faces and seeing families spending quality time together that make this worthwhile and knowing that the money raised by the event will benefit the youth of Butler County makes it much more satisfying.”
Pope encourages everyone to come out to the Butler County Fair on Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
The gates will open at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Admission will remain the same as last year: children under 46” get in free; children 46” to five foot tall $3; and children over five foot tall and adults $7.
“The Butler County School System schools will be closed on Sept. 28 so we will be opening the gates early. Children will get in free from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing them all,” said Pope.
Tabloids for the livestock, arts and crafts exhibits are now available and can be picked up at The Greenville Standard, Butler County Land and Title, Greenville-Butler County Public Library and Hancock Bank. This year there will be an opportunity to submit adult and youth handicrafts, textiles, art and food early. For participants interested in early submission call 334-371-2000 to make an appointment for Sept. 24.
Some exciting entertainment is in the works for the fair: Wednesday night’s presentation will be provided by a local church; Thursday night will be open mic night for Butler County’s Got Talent; Friday night will be a Kaoss reunion; Saturday evening winners of the Miss Butler County Fair Pageant will be presented on stage before the grand finale of Butler County’s Got Talent; and of course the midway will be open each evening.
Anyone interested in participating in Butler County’s Got Talent or the Miss Butler County Fair Pageant should contact Jeanne Callen (334-850-2773) or Michelle Styron (334-371-9900) for more information.
This will be the first time in years the Butler County Fair Association has hosted a Miss Butler County Fair Pageant. The pageant will be held on Sept. 17 at The Ritz Theatre beginning at 1 p.m. Deadline to register without a late fee is Sept. 10 and registration is $25, with an optional photogenic participation which is $5 per picture.
The members of the Greenville Kiwanis Club said, “Come on out and see us! There is always fun to be had at the Butler County Fair.”