VA-KY District Fair & Horse Show launches summer in Wise

Stephen Igo • Jun 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

WISE — The Virginia-Kentucky District Fair & Horse Show opens Monday for its start on a second century of existence, one of the longest running fairs in the history of Virginia.

On Saturday officials announced on the fair's Facebook page that Rhythm & Blues legend Percy Sledge, scheduled to perform Friday night, had to cancel his appearance due to health concerns. Chubby Checker is now scheduled for the Friday night concert.

The 101st VA-KY District Fair & Horse Show opens its gates at 4 p.m. Monday and keeps rolling through Saturday. Carnival rides on the midway presented by the James H. Drew Exposition will include $20 one price rides 5-11 p.m., and one price rides will be offered throughout the week as well.

Baby pageants begin at 5 p.m. on the main stage Monday, and the Demolition Derby revs up at 7 p.m.

On Friday, the first of the Drew Exposition carnival rides had arrived and the process of setting up was under way.

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