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Covington set to host Legion Fair

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The American Legion Fair started in Millington two years ago. Now the event will be hosted by Covington starting Oct. 25.

The Delta Fair is a memory, and the Mid-South Fair just packed up and left.  There is another Fair coming at the end of the month in Covington.  The American Legion Fair Oct. 25-28 at Cobb-Parr Park will help raise money for the Legion’s charities.
The Legion Fair had a two-year run in Millington. Now the city of Covington has agreed to host the annual event at the Cobb-Parr Park off of Highway 51.
“The Covington Leadership really stepped up to the plate and offered to host our venue,” said Lee Buchschacher, president and chairman of the Legion Fair. “Mayor Gordon, the alderman and the city staff have been very supportive and helpful.”
“We are very excited to be hosting the American Legion Fair in Covington this year,” Covington Mayor David W. Gordon said. “We encourage everyone to come out and have some good, family fun and support the American Legion in its efforts to support our veterans.”
The Midway will have 29 big rides with food vendors offering traditional fair food. Sponsors and exhibitors are signing up with less than a month before the Fair kicks off.
“There will be a variety of entertainment over the four-day event,” Buchschacher said. “Rick Montana, star of the Rick Montana Show performing classic rock and country songs along with the Wise Men, a humorous country group singing songs similar to Homer and Jethro fame.  Billy Jones Bluez performs blues ballads and love songs with heart and lots of soul. Then we have 10-year old Emma Webb singing a variety of pop/rock hits.”
The Fair opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Oct. 25. That night is Legionnaire Night and the Department Commander of the Tennessee American Legion will be present as the honorary Grand Marshall to cut the ribbon and open the show. On Oct. 27 there will be a Halloween Costume Contest and on Oct. 28 it’s Family Day at the Fair and the Navy Support Activity Mid-South’s  Rock Band will perform in the afternoon.
Parking and admission are free, but donations are always welcomed.  Ride wristbands are $25 each and are good for riding all day and night. Individual ride tickets are available. Gates open at 5 p.m. weeknights and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The park closes nightly at 11:30 p.m. For more information call the Fair office at 230-3870 or www.americanlegionfair2010.com .

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