Hart County Fair and Jellystone’s Let Freedom Ring events are underway

MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. – Local events are underway in South Central Kentucky for family fun outdoors.

The Hart County Fair rides opened up at 6 p.m. Monday and will conclude on Saturday night at around 11.

Fairs in the area have gotten started back and the Hart County Fair is no different. On Saturday, they started back with fair activities.

The event will include several activities including beauty pageants, carnival rides, and motor track events.

Jimmy England, the president of the Hart County Fair Board, said watching kids enjoy their time outside is rewarding.

“My favorite part of it all is seeing the young people grow up that are in FFA and 4H and watching them grow up and turn into adults. They win here and then they can go on to the state level and we have a lot of young people that go to the state level, livestock events, 4H events. They all move toward the state,”

Money raised at the fair goes toward upkeep for the fairgrounds allowing people, groups and non-profits to use the grounds year-round.

Many of the people working the fair enjoyed the same fairgrounds themselves back when they were kids.

One of those people is the treasurer of the fair board Ashley Walters.

“It’s nice for them to be able to go back and see what the kids are doing that they once did before. I enjoy doing it with my kids. I help sponsor a lot of the 4H things and now my kids are in FFA as well so it’s nice to be able to see your kids come back and do those things too,”

And to more outdoor fun in the sun, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mammoth Cave is hosting its annual Let Freedom Ring celebration with a golf cart parade and more.

“We are going to have hot dog eating contests, root beer chugging, pie eating contests. We have drive by dance parties which everybody seems to love, blanket bingo. We started that with the social distancing, everyone spreads out a blanket and there is your six feet and everyone is outside and they play bingo,” said Candyce Forsythe, the assistant general manager for Yogi Bears’ Jellystone Park.

The Hart County Fair’s admission is $10 per person on Monday and $12 for the rest of the week.

Jellystone is completely booked for the week.