ATTRACTIONS & PERFORMANCES
back by popular demand...it's h2h!
Halfway to Hazard is no-holds barred, nothing held back, pedal to metal, all the way. Chad Warrix and David Tolliver give us music that is honest, open, gritty and rough around the edges, while making no excuses for who they are or apologies for where they're from. They're Halfway to Hazard, and they're taking the long way back home to Perry County! Catch them on Friday night, June 14, from approximately 8:30 p.m. until close.
And closing us out, as always...
Originally formed in 2002, Midlife Crisis is one of Kentucky's premier classic rock bands. With influences like Whitesnake, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Foreigner, Boston, AC/DC (oh, you get the picture!), they're one heck of a rock-and-roll band. And, of course, they're all local boys, too! 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night--BE THERE!
Well, they won't actually be reenacting the Battle of Leatherwood during the Fair but what these dedicated actors will do is give visitors a sense of what it might have been like during the black days of the Civil War. They'll have a small camp set up to provide an example of a soldiers' day-to-day life, including dress and weaponry. If you're lucky, you may even catch a little skirmish in action!
Battle of Leatherwood Camp
sea lion splash show
The Perry County Fair Board of Directors is dedicated to providing entertainment that many people from our neck of the woods might never be able to see otherwise. We look for exciting, fun acts offered by companies of good character. This year, our search led us to Squalus, Inc. The idea to create a sea lion show came to them when Squalus started taking in beached sea lions unable to be returned to the wild due to age or injuries or being unable to obtain food for themselves. Squalus provides a permanent home for these sea lions for the rest of their lives. This is the only traveling sea lion show in the United States, but, even on the road, the welfare of the animals is always placed first. Even their transport was designed to provide maximum comfort for the sea lions. This show is both educational and TONS OF FUN! Their habitat makes them available for viewing even when their not performing. Sea lions are natural performers and will "ad lib," making each show a little different. Make sure you make time to see it while you attend the Perry County Fair! But whether it's showtime or not, these sea lions continuously provide entertainment...just by being themselves.
Squalus is fully licensed by three federal agencies:
National Marine Fisheries Department, Marine Mammal Protection Agency and the USDA.
World Record Juggler
Bruce Sarafian first became recognized as a "WORLD RECORD JUGGLER" in 1993 when he was the first person on the planet to juggle 11 balls in the air at one time. This was authenticated and listed in the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records. In 1996, he bested his own record by being the first person to ever juggle 12 balls at one time without a single drop! For a short period of time, his name was listed TWICE in the same issue of the Guinness Book! Bruce has officially held juggling world records for nearly 19 years consecutively now. You have to see what he does to truly believe it. Make sure you "catch" his act at the 2019 Perry County Fair!
taylor austin dye
The Board of Directors is always looking to showcase rising stars from our area...and the 2019 Perry County Fair will be no different. Just last year, at the Radio Music Awards, country singer/songwriter Taylor Austin Dye was named both Best Country Artist and Best Country Songwriter. She received these awards for her single “Bad Habits,” which was released in 2018. At last year’s Radio Music Awards, Taylor won Best Country Song for “I Don’t,” a song from her first album "Believe in the Sun." This year, Taylor is nominated in six categories at the Indie Music Channel Awards. The awards will take place at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California, on April 28, 2019. Her nominations include:
Best Female Country Artist
Best Country Song for "Bad Habits"
Best Country Video for "White Oak"
Best Country Songwriter for "Bad Habits"
Best Country Demo for "Like You Do"
Best Recording for "Bad Habits"
Taylor Dye is originally from Booneville, right here in eastern Kentucky, and has been performing professionally for most of her life. She now lives in Nashville and frequently performs in both Kentucky and Tennessee. Taylor continues to make a name for herself, winning numerous awards, performing and increasing her fan base. Her musical style might be considered "country with a rockin' vibe." We consider ourselves very lucky because this year, Taylor Austin Dye will be opening for Halfway To Hazard on Friday night at the Perry County Fair!
It’s one of the most recognized corporate symbols on the planet...and understandably so. At seven stories tall, the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon grabs attention wherever it flies! First introduced at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 1978, the balloon perfectly represented the RE/MAX network’s “Above the Crowd” commitment to quality. Today, the 120 RE/MAX Hot Air Balloons in operation comprise the largest fleet on the planet.
Free tethered rides will give you a great view of the Perry County Fair! This will take place on Friday evening, beginning at 6:00 p.m., WEATHER PERMITTING, until the pilot runs out of fuel.
CELEBRATE THE MAGIC OF THE RE/MAX BALLOON
Our annual youth livestock show is fun for the whole family. With divisions for poultry, rabbits and even some goats, local young people will practice their skills at "showing" these animals, with ribbons being awarded in each category. The show will Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. near the Petting Zoo. For more information about participating, you can contact Jason Brashear at or use the "Contact Us" button on this website.
H&H HORSE SHOW
If you haven't made it to the H&H Horse Show before, you definitely want to make sure that you check it out this year. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night and running into the wee hours of the morning, there's something that's sure to please everyone. With a variety of different divisions of competition, including a costume show that has included everything from Spiderman to a voluptuous bearded lady in the past, you should be ready for anything. But rest assured, it will definitely be an evening of good family fun!
christian youth night
jordan family band
In October of 2009 Josh Jordan’s dad, Brother Fain Jordan, passed away unexpectedly. It was shortly thereafter, while struggling with shock and a great sense of loss, the Lord allowed Josh, his wife Randa, and their three boys to hear the single “Dealing With Gold” by the Inspirations while driving down the road one evening. Through this song, the Lord brought great comfort to their family and touched their hearts deeply. It quickly became a favorite of the entire family. After purchasing the album in its entirety, the Jordan children – Hutch, Alex and Grant – quickly started singing along with each of its tracks. “Inspired by the Inspirations,” Josh and Randa like to say, they realized that this was a great opportunity to start a family group. They began by learning the boy’s favorite track, “Dealing With Gold” and from the first time they stood and sang it in church, the response was overwhelming! The rest, as they say, is history!
The Jordan Family Band represents something that few people witness in today’s gospel music scene: a complete family unit singing, playing, and ministering together. The Jordans are members of New Town Baptist Church in Calhoun, Georgia. They'll perform at 8:30 p.m. on the first evening of the fair on the main stage. Join them for a blessing.
Perry County Fair Games
We wanted to add something new to our Fair this year and make it reminiscent of years gone by so we decided that we would add some contests that are just good, clean fun for everyone. So we're having a grape-spitting contest, a hula hooping contest, a cast iron skillet throw (for distance, not at a target) and a "hillbilly" relay with events that include things like toting a greased watermelon. There are some small prizes but mainly it's about having fun and bragging rights. On Saturday, we will also be giving a "People's Choice" award for the best homemade salsa. If you are interested in ANY or all of these events, go to our website for the scheduled times and then use the "Contact Us" tab to sign up. You do need to sign up in advance for these events--lack of interest will get them cancelled so...get interested!!!
Continue to scroll down to the "Join The Fun!" section directly below for information about other fun things to do at the Perry County Fair this year!
JOIN THE FUN!
Petting Zoo & Pig Races
Back AGAIN by popular demand, we’ll have our petting zoo with animals that could include llamas, camels, fainting goats, kangaroos, miniature cattle and African tortoises, just to name a few. Our pig races will return this year—they were definitely a “pig” hit with children and adults alike in the past. This petting zoo allows our Fair patrons to enjoy interacting with animals from all around the world!
We are blessed with gifted artists in Perry County! They paint and draw, they sculpt and carve and they make everything from jewelry to clothing. If you can conceive it, they can probably make it. Come out and support them and add a little something new to your home, office or yard.
Cool down, take a load off, enjoy a treat and fill your belly with delicious food...all while supporting very worthy local groups. You can find everything from a hamburger or hot dog to a down-home country dinner. When it gets hot, an ice-cold fresh-squeezed lemonade is a must. And for dessert--you'll find treats that include ice cream and, of course, funnel cake!
Have you checked out the new trail work in the Perry County Park yet? If not, you should definitely join Pathfinders on their annual Fair hike! It will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately. It's not too difficult--but it ain't just a "walk in the park," either!
Our Farmer’s Market is growing by leaps and bounds! They’ll be in the park, as usual, on Saturday morning until noon. Please support them as they work to supply us with locally-grown, farm-fresh fruits and veggies. Instead of their normal spot, you'll find them at the shelter closest to the Senior Citizens Center. You may find a few unexpected treasures there, too.
Laser tag can be a team sport or an individual activity. It requires quick wits, steady hands and a cool head as you try to hit other players’ targets while not allowing them to hit yours. It’s an exciting game for you, your friends and your family, especially since you’ll be playing outdoors. It’s safe and painless and can be played by men, women, boys and girls...anyone who has an interest. You'll find it set up in the grass behind the shelter (a great place for parents to watch from the shade) at the playground.
Every year since its inception, the Fair has hosted a "Cruize In," inviting anyone in the area to bring in their classic cars and trucks to display to the public. Thursday, June 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., come and check out some of the sharpest rides in this area. No prizes...just bragging rights.