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Published: Wednesday, 7/23/2008

Wood County Fair's 8-day run starts Monday

BLADE STAFF

BOWLING GREEN - If square dancing seems old hat to you, try watching it done by tractors.

And there's no better place to do so than at the Wood County Fair, which starts Monday and runs through Aug. 4.

The Country Fest Tractor Square Dancers will perform in the grandstand at 11 a.m. and at 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday.

Don Bechstein, vice president of the Fair Board Agricultural Society, which puts on the fair, said the troupe of two-ton square dancers has never performed here before and is expected to be a big draw.

"They have eight tractors and they run at high speed doing a square dance to music," he explained.

If do-si-doeing farm tractors aren't your cup of tea, there are plenty of other things to do, including karaoke, wood carving, and listening to music, to name a very few.

The 8:30 p.m. Saturday concert will feature country singers Billy Currington and Jason Michael Carroll.

Mr. Bechstein said the fair costs about $100,000 to stage, and is mostly a break-even operation.

Any money raised goes to maintaining and upgrading the fairgrounds at 13800 West Poe Rd. The fair board is installing handicapped-accessible rest rooms, for instance, and aluminum bleachers in the grandstand that were formerly used by Bowling Green High School.

"The wood seats were getting kind of old. They're a lot of upkeep. We're always trying to think ahead and lower our maintenance costs," he said.

The fair's schedule of events is posted at www.woodcounty-fair.com.



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