Foothills Country Fair gearing up for ‘Celebrations’
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“Celebrations” is the theme for the 10th annual Foothills Country Fair July 25 through 27.

The fair, which is hosted by area Ruritan Clubs, will be held at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.

There will be fun events and concerts for all ages. Among the events will be beauty pageants, cultural arts, demolition derby, bouncy houses for kids, world’s largest pinball machine, Big Wheel and Tennessee stickhorse races and more.

The entertainment headliners will be Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder, and Mustang Sally.

Mustang Sally, an all-woman country and rhythm and blues band, will be opening on the Arena Stage at 7 p.m. on Friday. At 9 p.m., Grammy-winning country and bluegrass singer Skaggs will take the stage.

This is the second year, the fair will offer the Kansas City Barbecue Society Backyard BBQ Bash and the amateur competition.

In 2012, there were 80 teams competing in the BBQ Bash.

“Thanks to our sponsors, we hope to have even more teams,” noted chairmen Louie and Nancy Alford. “We have raised our grand prize money to a total cash amount of $15,000. That does not count the money spent on trophies and other awards to be presented.”

Presentation of awards will be Saturday at 5 p.m. in the main arena for both the professional and amateur contests.

Rules for the barbecue contests are included on the website.

The Foothills Country Fair will also offer pageants — girls ages 5 to 12 will be competing for Wee Miss, Little Miss and Fair Princess. The pageants will be held Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. The sponsor fee is $15. Entry forms must be received or postmarked by Saturday, July 20. No entries will be accepted the day of the show.

On Saturday morning, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Baby pageants will begin. The pageants features boys and girls ages infant through age 4. There is a $15 sponsor fee required.

The competitions will be for Infant Miss, 0-11 months; Baby Miss, 12 to 23 months; Baby Prince, 0-2 years; Tiny Tot Miss, 24 to 35 months; Tot Prince, 3 to 4 years; and Tot Miss, 3 to 4 years . Entries must be in by July 24.

Entry forms for the Baby pageants and Girls pageants are available online at or at the Baby Place in Cleveland.

The Bradley Central High School Ruriteens have organized some games and activities for the youth in the kids area.

Ruritan mascot Rudy Bear will be celebrating his 25th birthday this year. The national Ruritan is marking its 85th birthday. Both will be recognized during the annual Foothills Country Fair.

National Ruritan President Dennie Clemmer will be presenting Rudy Bears to local police and firemen to be given to children involved in traumatic accidents or other serious situations.

To help Rudy Bear celebrate, there will be a “Flat Rudy Bear” contest for youngsters. A pattern and information about the contest is on the fair website.

One of the favorite parts of the fair is the cultural arts competitions and exhibits. Cultural arts registration and drop-off will be July 23, between 3 and 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts building.

There are $10 pins available to cover admittance all the days of the fair. Pins are available at Check into Cash, US Money Store, Chamber of Commerce, Ace Hardware, Bank of Cleveland and branches and Bradley County Cleveland Teachers Federal Credit Union.