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Illinois County Fairs

(7/28/06)

Contact: Tammy Knox
(765) 643-1733
tammyk@hoosierpark.com

NINE HARNESS RACES FEATURED FIRST NIGHT AT WHITE COUNTY FAIR

CARMI, ILL. (July 28, 2006) – The White County Fair will kick off its first of three harness racing programs Sunday, July 30. Nine races are included on the opener, featuring $54,000 in purse money.

The Illinois Stallion Stakes highlight the card, showing off the talents of 91-year-old driver Leo Burns and his standout two-year-old trotting filly Winsome Wyoming. Undefeated in five starts this year, Burns will guide the chestnut filly from post six in the fifth race. The duo comes into the event off a track record performance at the Edwards County Fair. They will compete for the $13,000 purse in the first of the Illinois Stallion Stakes offered on the program.

Carmi’s Barbre family will also vie for top money in a division of the Illinois Stallion Stakes. Trendy L, winner in three of her four outings this season, will start from post position one in the evening’s eight race. The purse for the event is $12,800.

Other White County horsemen competing on the opening day card include Harold Poore, former coach and teacher at Carmi-White County High School. Poore will send out Shore Is in the evening’s first race and Ask Me Honey in the second event. Both races are maiden events. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.

The 2006 Elite Eight baseball team from Carmi-White County High School will kick the evening off with a special presentation. Also, former native Doug Evans will be recognized in the winner’s circle following the second race. Evans guided his team to an undefeated season and a Class A Illinois High School State basketball championship this season.

Harness racing will continue Tuesday, Aug. 1 and Wednesday, Aug. 2 featuring the popular Dash For Cash contests. Area high school boys will vie for the $100 purse in the sprint event on Tuesday while the girls will be in action on Wednesday. Post time both evenings is 7 p.m.

The White County Fair gets underway Saturday, July 29 and will conclude Sunday, Aug. 6 with the AHRMA Motorcycle events. The fair will offer numerous events, including harness racing, demolition derby, queen contest, and livestock shows for various animals. Parking is free into the fairgrounds, which is located off of routes 1 and 14 in west Carmi. More information about the upcoming fair can be obtained during fair week by calling the main office at (618) 382-4604.

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