Bannertown Fair returns tonight

MAYFIELD – The 38th annual Bannertown Fair is scheduled to kick off this evening.

Bannertown Fair Committee Chairperson Amanda Mormile and fair President John Becker completed last-minute preparations for the fair Wednesday, getting everything set even as rain poured, delaying crews in setting up the rides.

Becker said the biggest changes this year are the bands.

“We went all-out with the entertainment this year,” Becker said.

Skeeter Creek and Hair of the Dog are two of the bands slated to play over the next three days.

“We are trying to make it more like a county fair,” Becker said. “Something new and different for everybody.”

With free admission, families can roam the fairgrounds and browse the more than 60 vendors expected to come.

Vendors, live music and rides will return to the fair, including a large pirate ship ride that Becker said was a crowd favorite.

The fair will open at 6 p.m. today, and will close around 11 p.m. each night. Today will feature live music by Coincide, along with a motorcycle show and $15 wristband night, which allows for unlimited rides on any ride in the fairgrounds.

Friday is the bargain ride night, with all rides costing two tickets each. Skeeter Creek is scheduled to play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m..

The Bannertown Fair parade will take place at noon. Betty Tabor, former Mayfield town historian, is being honored as the parade’s grand marshal for her years of service.

Also on Saturday, $15 wristbands will be available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to close. Live music is set throughout the day, with Edison Kane playing from noon to 3 p.m., Hair of the Dog playing from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and All Fired Up performing from 7 p.m. to close. The fair will end with fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

Becker said he believes the fair will be a success, and thanked everyone who took the time to help out.

“This year, we have an excellent team working on it,” Becker said.

All fair profits will benefit the Mayfield Fire Department and the Fire Association.