Midway returns to the Soky Fair

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Soky Fair in Bowling Green kicked off Tuesday riding on the success of Monday night.

There were a little over 1,800 people on the fairgrounds Monday as the midway returned after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic.

While the fair features all kinds of fun like the tractor pulls, the demolition derbies and livestock shows, one huge aspect of the fair is the midway.

Midway owner Freddy Miller says the carnival is a family friendly environment. Miller Spectacular Shows is now a five generation, family-owned carnival business.

“I’ve got two boys growing up, and two wonderful daughter-in-laws that will be ready to take over the helm here very soon. As soon as they’re ready for it, I’m ready to kick back and turn it over to them,” Freddy Miller said.

And one of those sons, Drew Miller, is on track to become a fifth generation owner, following right in his dad’s footsteps.

“It’s a lot of fun, people say don’t work with family and things like that, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else,” Drew Miller said.

The two of them work to make their midways fun for all ages, with 10 Miller-family owned food stands, slow rides for young kids and more daring rides for teenagers and up- so that everyone can have a fun experience.

“We want a family environment. We want people to be able to come out with their families and have a good time and make lasting memories. I know a lot of people that we talk to that say they were brought to the fair as a kid, now they bring their family to the fair. I hope that can continue for generations with grandchildren and beyond,” Drew Miller said.

As for Drew’s vision for the midway’s future? He has a few plans in the air, but his number one abiding principle is that the only thing constant is change.

“That’s the true burden of someone’s legacy. You are what you grow beyond. So, how are you going to take what you built and ensure that the next generation can build it better and maintain the legacy, thereof.”