- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—The 51st annual Harlan County Shriners Horse Show and Fair will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Shriners fairground in Putney providing fun for all ages.

During the horse show event there will be a variety of shows and classes that include barrel racing, pole bending, open English pleasure and much more. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded to participants.

“On both Friday and Saturday evening, at 7:30 p.m., we will begin the show with the children’s ‘Stick Horse’ competition,” said Harlan County Shriners Club President Don Couch. “This is always a crowd favorite and we encourage all children to bring their stick horses. Children of all ages take their place in the arena and ride their stick horses. All children will receive a treat and a ribbon for participating.”

A flag presentation will be held each evening by the Harlan Honor Guard. Judges for the event will be Nan Welch and Associates.

The cost is $5 per person with all children under the age of 12 admitted free.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout,” said Couch. “We have a playground where the children can enjoy themselves along with the fair and horse show. We’ll be giving away a 20-inch kids’ bicycle on Friday and Saturday. The bicycles were donated by Walmart and the Harlan County Shriners Club. You will receive a ticket when you enter the showgrounds and winners will be drawn from those tickets.

“Proceeds from the event will benefit the Shriner Hospital (orthopedics and cleft palate), in Lexington, and the Cincinnati, Ohio Shriners Hospital (burn specialty). These hospitals, along with all other Shriner Hospitals across the nation, assist children regardless of their ability to pay for medical services.”

The Harlan County Extension Service’s 4-H Fair will kick off the horse show on Thursday. Entries will be taken from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday at the fairground. Categories include things such as produce, canned goods, quilting, wood working, photography, paintings, crafts and more.

“There are categories for all ages, but you must be at least 9 years old to enter,” said Harlan County Extension Service 4-H staff assistant Sherry Baird. “Judging will be done on Friday at 10 a.m. Ribbons will be awarded along with $3 for each blue ribbon, $2 for each red ribbon and $1 for each white ribbon received. All entries will be on display during the horse show on Friday and Saturday. You may pick up your entries either during or after the horse show on Saturday.

“We encourage everyone of all ages to participate in the fair. It’s fun and a way of showing your talent to the hundreds who attend this event every year.”

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde

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