Hello again from historic and exciting Logan County. Located in the southeastern part of the state, it is the home of the smartest, best looking, highest achievers, talented, great cooks and good hearted people in all of rural Kentucky. In addition to that little bit of information I think you should that our county ranks #1, #2 and #3 in production of many farm crops that are essential to the economy of Logan County and the state.
Unfortunately we also rank as one of the counties that has the most drug trafficking. Kentucky ranks as number one in the nation in meth labs. Logan County is also right at the top in meth labs. Sheriff Wallace Whittaker, his top notch staff and the state drug task force are working hard to rid our county of drug dealers. He needs good citizens to alert his office whenever they become aware of drug selling. He needs information as to who, what, when and where. You can contact his office by calling: 726-2244 or 726-2660.
Parents are the first line of detecting and letting someone know. If their children are selling, buying or distributing the law says you should contact them and move to help find a solution for your child’s problem before it is too late. Help save your child and others by turning the dealers in. It can save years of grief and possibly great tragedy for your family. The Sheriff’s office is open 24 hours per day.
I would like to see our local office of economic development bring a movie complex to Russellville and Logan County. There is a big need. There is not a single theater in Logan or six nearby counties. I truly believe that if someone builds it that the people will come and the profit margin will be very high. I am even willing to invest. A four or six plex theater would boom in Russellville.
I do not know where they get the money but folks attend the movies every week now. I know I do. A ticket is $7 to $10, pop corn $4 to $10 depending on the size, cokes are $3, $4 and $5, candy $4 a box and hot dogs $3. Sometimes Mondays or Tuesdays are half priced days. (They still make great profits.) There is a goose ready to lay golden eggs for an investor(s) willing to build a movie complex in Russellville.
County Fairs have made a dramatic comeback in this country in the past ten years. Attendance is growing by leaps and bounds. Many people long for the good life of the past and county fairs are a part of that life. Young people who have never attended what to attend and be a part of the annual event. In fact in most counties the county fair is the biggest event of the year. It gives the entire county a chance to show case it’s self.
Each year the Logan County Tourism Commission has a booth at the state fair in Louisville. Our both proudly show cases many of the good things about Logan County. We are always embarrassed when many of the other county booths show case their county fairs and even brag about past fairs as well as the coming ones. When asked we have to say, “Well we do not have much of a county fair. Most people do not even know that we even have one.”
The last time Logan County had a semblance of a real county fair was about 15 years ago. Since that time things have deteriorated into a few animal events with notably poor participation and attendance. One animal event in the past drew only seven entries and they were all from out of state. When an event such as a tractor pull or other vehicle event occurs there is an increase in attendance for that one even. What we currently have is a poor excuse for a county fair.
The Logan County Fair Board is basically broke. They report monetary assets of less than $3,000. Few, if any on the board know anything about putting on a real county fair. (One vehicle event and three animal exhibits is not a county fair.) They are not dues paying members of the Kentucky County Fair Boards Association. (The very organization that could help them.) There is no countywide beauty pageant, no rides for the kids and young people, no daily free entertainment, no big named acts, no exhibit buildings full of people with baked goods and contests, no building or tents with tractors and farm equipment, no buildings with people demonstrating cookware and helpful home aides, no hobby buildings and on and on.
The fair board hasn’t met in months and has not done much of anything. They have set a date for the fair for the last week of July and the first two days of August. It is interesting that several of the officers and possibly staff of the Logan County Extension Office are all going on a trip to Hawaii during several days of the fair. How can you put on a good county fair when the governing body in charge isn’t even meeting and with only four months to go before fair time? That does not abide well for the coming county fair.
Where is the vision and leadership to bring our county fair back? Where is the County Extension Service Staff that should be offering leadership, staff assistance, training and their property on the by-pass? A very successful county fair is usually part of the staff’s goal and responsibility.
I have found that the Logan County Fair Board is somewhat if not totally a self perpetuating board. The Logan County Judge/Executive does not appoint or nominate the members. They somehow nominate each other. Something is wrong with this system particularly when none seem to have any expertise in putting on a fair. I am sure they are a good group of people and I am sure my article will make them mad but so be it. I would say get off your duffs and start putting on a good fair or get out of the kitchen! Make room and appoint some people who know how to do the job. It surely is not being done now.
A county fair is much bigger and far more important than just a cattle show, goat show and rabbit show with only one or two more events thrown in. Logan County is suffering a great loss due to a non functioning, uninformed and apparently uncaring fair board. Logan County Deserves better!
Business of the Week The business I have picked out for this week is the USA Supply and Rental Company right behind the Marathon Service Center on the bypass. Tim Boisseau, a 19 year employee, is the manager. Tim is assisted by Dylan Allen who serves as salesman. (Dylan is the giant that works there.)
They have all kinds of rental equipment that you can use. I rented a tiller for my garden and flower beds. They have also expanded into supplies for sale such as plumbing, electrical, safety, toilets, sinks, faucets, shovels, rakes and items dealing with gardening needs. Their phone number is 726-1917.
All for now. See you next week I hope. Good night Linda Sears, Big Daddy Riley, Betty Waters Clinard (one of the sweetest women in the county) and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.