Agribusiness center gears up for fair

Keith Hamby and Vance Morton

Keith Hamby and Vance Morton

Keith Hamby, newly appointed executive director of Blount County Agribusiness Center, and Vance Morton, board chairman, outlined plans for this year’s county fair. “It will be bigger and better than ever before,” Hamby said. Gates will open on Sept. 15. The fair will run through Sept. 19.

In addition to rides, food vendors, and entertainment shows, the fair will host art and craft, food, and commercial exhibits, a junior feeder show, and a halter horse show.

Morton and Hamby are excited about the lineup of future events. Morton said one coming in November is new to the Blount County area: a wild horse and burro adoption opportunity tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. He said around 80 animals will be offered for adoption. Criteria applying to adoptions are available at the center.

Early 2010 events include a super bull show on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16; Northeast Alabama barrel racing classic on Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 13; a motocross event on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27; and the 29th annual pro rodeo on April 9 and April 10.