Boyle County Fair announces upcoming fair dates, new parking

Published 7:58 am Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Boyle County Fair will be June 13-17 at the fairgrounds, complete with a new parking area and a new carnival.

“Last year was a huge success for the Boyle County Fair. Moving our dates really played a major role in our achievements,” said Fair Board President Ryan Owens. “Attendance was up and people really enjoyed the weather.”

Parking will be different this year — patrons will be able to park at the lighted, black-topped parking lot near the soccer fields at Millennium Park. Visitors can walk down a black-topped path to a ticket booth and into the fair grounds.

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“Just follow the signs,” Owens said.

Gate admission is $10.00 Tuesday through Thursday and $12.00 Friday and Saturday. 

This year, the board has made a change to the carnival in hiring Paradise Amusements, which operates carnivals in a six state area including Kentucky. Paradise Amusements will showcase a wide range of rides and activities appealing to every age group this year, plus adding several new bigger rides, and more than 25 rides. Owens referred to the overall integrity of Paradise as a motivating factor in changing to them, with the additional rides.

“Paradise is a great company with a solid reputation in the fair and carnival market. They have provided entertainment for the Kentucky State Fair, been seen in movies and on TV, and helped numerous groups with fundraisers and company picnics. In short, they will continue to help us grow and be one of the top five fairs in the state,” he said.

In addition to a new company running the carnival, it will also be bigger, and the fair will be going to five days, to concentrate on bigger and better shows and events for patrons.

Back by popular demand, NoJoes’s Circus “A Tribute to Hollywood” is a fantastically themed production, “filled with all the wonder and amazement that our fans have come to expect from the American Circus,” says Jamie Thurmond Owner of NoJoes Circus.

A Tribute to Hollywood features Clowns of the Year NoJoe and TooT performing some of their very best clowning routines ever!

The Boyle County Fair and The Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series are proud to announce the 10th Bluegrass Nationals Pull in Danville, during the Boyle County Fair.

“This year the Boyle County Fair Board is bringing back two big nights of demolition derbies, both being two different shows on two different nights,” Owens said. “Wednesday and Friday nights will be filled with bumper cars for adults and the usual smoke and gas filled air, with loud crashes and all the other fun had a local county fair demo derby.”

“We have been working for some time on building pulling back up in Danville, and thanks to the BOB Series, we have grown each of the last nine years,” said Owens.

There will be truck and tractor pull events on Thursday and Saturday nights, marking the tenth year the Bluegrass Nationals has been held at the Boyle County Fair.

“Pulling in Danville has a long tradition, and we hope to showcase not just the pulling action, but also the fans and pullers of the sport,” said BOB Series CEO Tom McConnell. “The pull on Saturday night, June 17, will feature six of the best classes of pulling the BOB Series has to offer, and we know that fans will love the show.”

For more information about this event and information about the series, please contact Tom McConnell at 502-931-5068 or Kevin Fulks at 859-391- 2991 or visit the website at

So come on out to the Fair Grounds in Danville and enjoy all the different types of foods, kids games, beauty pageants, livestock shows, Floral Hall Exhibits, shop at our local vendors, face painters, loud action at the motorsports track and more rides!

For more information about the 2017 Boyle County Fair, visit

Owens elected

Boyle County Fair Board President Ryan Owens was re-elected as the director of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows (KAFHS) for a three-year term, during the KAFHS Convention at the Galt House in Louisville, in January.

“I’m truly honored to be elected to such a prestigious position with the Association,” Owens said.

Owens is the first member of the Boyle County Fair Board to be elected to such a position since the KAFHS was formed nearly 75 years ago.

“Ryan will bring great energy, leadership and over 17 years’ of experience in developing a successful fair to the KAFHS,” said Association President Greg Thomas.