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Clinton County Fair starts today

The Clinton County Fair starts July 17

The Clinton County Fair starts July 17 Photo provided

— Today, the smell of hot sausage, sounds of amusement-ride screams and the mind control of a master hypnotist will settle into Clinton County.

There will be fried dough and country songs and the crunch of colliding metal under the hot, July sun.

The fun starts July 17 and runs through July 22 at the 65th Clinton County Fair.

“This fair is going to bring a lot of people in,” said Fair Manager Glenn Gillespie.

For starters, on July 19, the Clinton County Fair features the 20-year-old, rising country-music star Hunter Hayes, who is currently touring with American Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood.

Hypnotist Michael Blaine is performing July 19-22, while the Beach Boys tribute band Surf’s Up hits the stage July 17 and country-rock band The Kentucky Headhunters performs July 18.

The North Country’s Got Talent is returning too and will feature, singers, dancers, comedians and more.

“People show up and qualify for the show,” Gillespie said.

Contestants pay $10 to enter qualifying rounds at 7:30 p.m., July 18 and 19. If they make it through, they are invited to compete July 20, with the finale scheduled for July 21.

“We have so many free, good acts coming in,” Gillespie said. “We have six daily free acts.”

Free entertainment includes The Magic of Lance Gifford and Company, Masters of the Chainsaw, Pipsqueak’s Party Time clowns, and the Buffalo Barfield Show.

“Our biggest day is Demolition Derby day,” Gillespie said.

The Demolition Derby will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

The parking lots and grounds were tiled at the fairgrounds, which should prevent a repeat of the muddy mess in the past due to heavy rains.

There is also work on a new sidewalk to prevent people from walking in the road and a digital sign that will be up before the fair.

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