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Annual Kiwanis Butler County Fair opens

Fun rides, festive food, engaging exhibits and exciting entertainment are all on tap for the Butler County Fair, which opens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 at the fairgrounds.

The annual event is sponsored by the Greenville Kiwanis.

Volunteers have already been busy this week setting up booths in the James Peavy Exhibit Hall and tagging the many fair entries vying for ribbons, with shelves and shelves of everything from jellies, jams and pickles to handcrafts, crocheted throws, quilts, paintings, drawings and photographs.

“We have a lot of area talent on display this week in our exhibition hall. We also have a lot of homegrown entertainment each night and we encourage everyone to come out and support these folks,” said BCF chairman Richard Branum.

On Wednesday night, Brad and Kathy Jones and the Antioch East Baptist Church Choir will be sharing contemporary Christian and gospel music with attendees, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday night, October 1, some of the talented locals who make up the Ritz Players will take the spotlight at 7 p.m.

Another local talent, Renny McNaughton, will sing and play for the crowd beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, October 2.

And the fair will close out on Saturday with 6 p.m. entertainment, courtesy of DJ Rosco and WKXN.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Armbands will be available for $12 to ride all evening Wednesday through Friday.

On Saturday, kids under 60 inches ride free from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, ride all you want for $10 (no armbands after 5 p.m.)

The Greenville Kiwanis use the proceeds from the fair each year to support a number of worthy causes within the community, including scholarships to Key Club members, providing Christmas presents for the county’s underprivileged children, and assisting other youth-oriented programs.