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Clay City preparing for annual fair

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CLAY CITY -- Residents of "the Mayberry of the Midwest," are gearing up for the town's annual fair.

The event will take place July 6-10, at Goshorn Park.

"I find it very exciting," Clay City Fair Board member Lynn Schopmeyer said. "It's something to do for the community, to let people know where we are. I find it very fulfilling."

Schopmeyer said there are nine directors and approximately 15-20 people are involved in putting together the fair schedule. This is his sixth year of heavy involvement.

"The schedule stays generally the same year to year," he added.

Setup for the fair began this week.

The fair will kick off Tuesday, July 6, with a carnival bracelet night. The carnival is open from 6-10 p.m., each evening.

Exhibits will be shown to residents throughout the week.

In addition, several other highlights cover the schedule.

A 4-Wheel Drive Diesel Truck Pull will take place the first evening at 7:30 p.m., at the pull strip.

And for those enjoying pulling event, there will be plenty of fun.

A pedal tractor pull will take place at the pull strip July 7, at 8 p.m., while a farm tractor pull will take place July 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, an antique tractor pull will take place at 7:30 p.m., July 9.

But the big event is set for July 10, as the Lucas Oil Pulling League will be on hand, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by AgriGold.

"Between the pulling league and the fireworks, the park will be packed Saturday evening (July 10)," Schopmeyer said.

An ITPA Truck Pull will also take place July 10.

The fair will also offer much more entertainment throughout the week.

Schopmeyer said a mechanical bull will be set up for people to ride July 7. The bull will be placed near the park gazebo prior to the Clay City Fair Parade, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and will be on site until 10:30.

Band Salt Cured will be at the fair from 7-10 p.m., July 8, while Lloyd Michaels and Blue Town will entertain from 7-10 p.m., July 9.

Band 9 Below Zero will perform from 7-10 p.m., July 10.

The Clay City Lions Club has a handful of sponsored dinners set throughout the week as well. On July 6, the club will serve ribeye sandwiches at the pull strip, and will have two chicken dinners, one set for 5 p.m., July 7, and the other set for 5 p.m., July 9.

In addition, the club will serve pork barbecue sandwiches from 4-8:30 p.m., July 10.

The Mayberry Classic Run will also take place at 8:30 a.m., July 10. Registration for the event is set for 7:30 a.m.

A pet parade is scheduled for 10 a.m., July 10, at the park gazebo and a blood drive will take place from 5:30-9:30 p.m., July 10. Those who donate blood will receive a free ribeye sandwich.

The annual Clay City Cooking Challenge will take place at 6 p.m., July 10. This year's ingredients are peanut butter and chocolate.

The fair will culminate with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m., July 10.

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