Butler Co. Fair Kicks Off Wednesday


By Catalina Trivino

The gates are open for the 58th year of a fall tradition -- The Butler County Fair.

The smell of funnel cake, the taste of cotton candy, and of course... the sounds of a good ol' fair ride. They're all the signs of the return of an annual tradition, one that's brought people back for the last 58 years.

"It's such a fun night for the families to come out here it's a great family atmosphere just lots of fun things for little ones on up, too," Said Jennifer Meadows who was attending the fair.

The Butler County Fair kicked off Wednesday evening at the Butler County Fairgrounds for another year of rides, food, and one if it's biggest draws -- live animals. But if animals aren't your thing, the fair also features live music, craft displays, and informational booths from different community organizations.

Chad McGriff has been coming to the fair for a decade and now, he's passing that experience on to his kids.

"Well, I always just remember my family as a child going to the fair every year, just something we looked forward to and just spending money on the rides and I always wanted to spend money like my children do on winning the stuffed animals and all the different things that they offer," Said McGriff.

The Greeenville Kiwanis Club is hosting the fair, one they say, is more than just good ol' family fun.

"The Butler County Fair Association is made up of Greenville Kiwanis Club members and the money that we raise we donate back to the county," Said Greenville Kiwanis member, Richard Branum, who is expecting anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 people to attend through the weekend.

The fair runs through Saturday night. If you are planning to attend, admission for adults is $6, children between 46 inches and 60 inches are 2 dollars and those under 46 inches tall are free.