2008-07-19 / Front Page


Perry County Fair goes medieval
Photos & Story by Scott Rawdon

NEW LEXINGTON - Thornville resident Jessica Runkel sits proudly atop her horse, patiently waiting to take another stab-literallyat a 4-H jousting contest. "This is just a fun show," she said. Still, members of the Perry County 4-H, who were enjoying a warm and sunny Monday morning at the Perry County Fair, took the contest pretty seriously. The object is to steer one's horse around the outside of an arena and stab a long jousting sword through six hanging rings, evenly spaced around the arena's perimeter.

Jessica Runkel completes a jousting course at the Perry County Fair
Runkel explained that it's more important to end up with most if not all of the rings on your sword than to complete the course in less time, but if you can collect many rings at a fast gallop, so much the better. "I just did this for the first time today," she said. But, the competition judge ruled that the rings were not placed correctly when Runkel made her first run, and allowed her and three other contestants to run a second time. On her second run, Runkel speared four of the six rings and completed the course in 16.7 seconds. Not bad!

The 2008 Perry County Fair in New Lexington runs through Saturday, July 19, and daily admission is $7. The Perry County Fair features American Idol star Bucky Covington, Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m. The Great Little Bear Show is daily 3, 5 and 8 p.m. The fairway rides open 1 p.m. and there's good food and entertainment everyday. The Pleasant Valley Boys perform square dance music every night at the pavilion from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Pavilion Entertainment: • Thursday, July 17: 11 a.m. - Senior Citizens Luncheon • Friday, July 18: 5 p.m. - Ronald McDonald Show, 6 p.m. - Kid's Pedal Pull • Saturday, July 19: 2:30 p.m. - Dave Lehman; 9 p.m. to midnight - Pleasant Valley Boys

Tickets for all events are available at the fair board office at the fairgrounds, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call (740) 342- 1485 OR (740) 342-3047, or visit www.perrycountyfair.com.


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