COUNTY FAIR

The Cullman County Fair officially open at 5 this afternoon.

After some last-minute “polishing,” Cullman County Fair ready to begin

By Zach Winslett

Staff Writer

While a lot of last-minute preparations go into setting up the 60th annual Cullman County Fair, Cullman Lions Club member and fair manager Jerry Bonner said it’s well worth the effort.

“We enjoy seeing the kids having fun,” he said. “That’s what really keeps us going.

And Bonner has continued to “go” for sometime now. This is his 51st Cullman County Fair.

He’s had plenty of experiences at the event, but there’s one he’s always avoided — riding the rides.

“I’ll be eating,” he joked. “But I’ve had 51 years to ride the rides, and I haven’t. They make me sick.”

Bonner said the setup for the fair was relatively smooth.

“Everything is coming together,” he said. “We’re just polishing everything at this point.

And though he won’t be doing so himself, he added that “people could ride the rides now if they had to.”

Bonner wasn’t at the fairgrounds alone Wednesday afternoon. Several booths had some last-minute tweaks to make.

Cecelia Smith, the tourism director at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, was there sprucing up her organization’s booth.

“We’re hoping people visiting Cullman for the fair can see what our wonderful community has to offer,” she said. “We just hope it brings in visitors to our community.”

Katie Dansby, a communications intern at the chamber of commerce, is spending the home stretch of her internship helping Smith prepare for the fair.

“I hope at least by visiting this booth, people will know about the things to do in our community,” the University of North Alabama and Holly Pond High graduate said.

Smith and Dansby both said they would find time to participate in the fair themselves.

“I’ll definitely get out and meet with people,” Smith said.

Dansby has her eyes on something more specific.

“I’ll get a funnel cake,” she said. “And I’ll be visiting the fair queen pageant — I’ll probably have some friends in it.”

Cullman Caring for Kids, Cullman County’s food bank, also finished  preparing its booth Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re spreading awareness about the food bank and child abuse prevention,” director Javon Daniel said. “We also want people to know that just a $1 donation will buy 7 pounds of food.”

Even though the organization’s booth supports a very serious cause, its occupants will still find some time to enjoy the fair.

“The Ferris Wheel is my favorite,” assistant director Nancy Bryant said. “I also have three grandchildren — ages 4, 6 and 8 — who will join me out there to have a blast.”

The Cullman County Fair begins tonight at 5 p.m. and lasts until Oct. 4. It’s located at the fairgrounds next to Sportsman Lake Park and sponsored by the Cullman Lions Club.

“We have a few more rides,” Bonner said. “We try to get bigger and better each year while maintaining the great tradition.”

* Zach Winslett can be contacted at zwinslett@cullmantimes.com.

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