By Rod Rose/The Lebanon Reporter
Lebanon — As carnivals go, this summer’s Boone County 4-H fair will be ideal.
Luehrs’ Ideal Rides will appear at the Boone County Fairgrounds July 27-30, 2009.
The Boone County Fair Board last week approved a preliminary schedule for the annual event, said Tony Carrell, Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development.
Jessup Amusements, which had been at the previous 11 fairs, announced in December 2007 it wouldn’t be back for 2008. Other carnivals were already booked.
Luehrs’ officials visited the fairgrounds last year, Carrell said.
Luehrs’ run will start after the fair opens on Friday, July 24. Luehrs, based in Belleville, Ill., was established in 1957; the carnival is a multiple winner of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association’s “Circle of Excellence” award.
Carrell said Luehrs is booked for July 24-25. The carnival will remain open for one day after the fair closes, he said.
Adding a carnival and shuffling some of the scheduled events were among public suggestions made at the 2008 fair, the first to be held over a full weekend.
“We knew going into it last year there would likely be some changes and modifications during the second year,” Carrell said Monday. “Hopefully next year the changes will be very minimal.”
Other changes for the 2009 Fair include:
Keeping the Boone County Farm Bureau Inc. Community Building open an extra day, giving the Extension Homemakers clubs another day for their exhibits.
Changing check-in times for livestock shows;
Releasing 4-H exhibits on Monday, rather than Sunday; and
Rearranging the July 24 schedule so that “Friday isn’t quite as packed during the daytime,” Carrell said.