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Cherokee County Fair full of family entertainment

Monday, July 9, 2012

89th annual 4-day celebration July 12, 13, 14, & 15

The Cherokee County Fair opens this Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.

Daily admission will be $6 for adults (13 and older) and $4 for kids, with ages four and under admitted free. The Open Swine Show will not be held this year due to fire damage to the swine building.

On Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. is kids day and children 12 and under receive free gate. Season ticket prices at the gate are $14 for adults and $8 for kids.

The "Kachunga & The Alligator Show" will be performing daily at this year's Cherokee County Fair. Photo contributed
Daily happenings at the fair are as follows: the 4-H and Family Crafts buildings will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Meyer Petting Zoo will be from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the Commercial Building will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Thursday though Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. McDermott Amusement will be providing the carnival rides and Midway.

Some of Thursday's special events will be the Kachunga and the Alligator Show at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The Kelsey Doll performance will be at the Activity Building at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the presentation of flags by Vietnam Veterans of America, VFW, and the American Legion will be at 7:45 p.m. and the T & C Rodeo Company will present its Bull Riding Event at 8 p.m. with fireworks to follow.

Some of Friday's special events will again be the Kachunga and the Alligator Show at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.

The "Kachunga & The Alligator Show" at this year's Cherokee County Fair is an action packed, family oriented show, featuring the American Alligator. This informative and humorous presentation is owned and operated by Florida based corporation, Wildlife Entertainment and Education.

It all began in 1987 as a public awareness program in an effort to help educate school children about their environment. After his six-year term working for the Seminole Indians as their Curator and Head of Show Personnel, Gil Castillo, owner of W. E. & E., spent several years taking indigenous species of wildlife throughout the Florida schools system for lectures and exhibitions. At every stop it seemed that the alligators were the hit of the presentation. It wasn't long before Gil recognized the potential of a show based entirely on the alligator. He began to promote his stand-alone act with the gator to the various corporate themed events throughout Florida.

As the popularity of the show grew, so did the show itself. Taking on a stage, sound, lights and a new name, it was in 1989 that the Kachunga and the Alligator Show appeared for the first time at the Florida State Fair. Overwhelmingly successful, the show would then set its sights on the road.

For more than a decade, the "Kachunga and the Alligator Show" has thrilled audiences around the world. With literally tens of thousands of performances to its credit, today the Kachunga and the Alligator Show has proven to be one of the most sought after free grounds acts the history of the fairs and festivals industry.

Never straying from its original concept of education, this twenty-five minute performance involves two showmen and an eight-foot alligator. During the opening segment of the show, the emcee dismisses many myths and fallacies surrounding the alligator and replaces them with fact. Despite the obvious danger Kachunga places himself in to perform a show such as this, it takes on a more comical viewpoint as the emcee cracks jokes and one-liner, usually at his expense.

Once Kachunga successfully captures the alligator using only his bare hands, he gently lifts the two hundred and fifty pound reptile up and out of its watery domain and gently places him onto the deck area for the next portion of the show. From here the audience receives an up close and personal lesson in alligator anatomy as various features of the animal such as the eyes, ears and nose are pointed out, ending with a rare look inside the alligator's mouth as Kachunga opens it wide for all to see. Attention now shifts to some unsuspecting child chosen to help with final segment of the show. With Kachunga holding the alligator in place, the emcee adds an unforgettable highlight to the show as he interviews his new guest. Although an irresistible target for the emcee, the child gets a chance of a lifetime as he interacts with Kachunga, the emcee and the alligator.

Since 1982 Wildlife Entertainment and Education has been a proud part of the conservation effort of the American Alligator as well as other American wildlife. Show times are Thursday July 12, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.;Friday July 13, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.;Saturday July 14, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday July 15, noon and 3 p.m.

Be sure to check out the Conservation Station from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday because The Cherokee County Pork Producers will be serving pork burgers beginning at 6 p.m.

The presentation of flags by Vietnam Veterans of America, VFW, and the American Legion will be at 7 p.m. Friday with the popular Demo Derby to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Chainsaw carvings from Jeff Klatt of Runaway Saws will be auctioned during the intermission of the Demo Derby, at 8 p.m., and all artwork will be sold to the highest bidder.

Some of Saturday's special events will be the program Ladies Day with Darcy Maulsby - "Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too," sponsored by Cherokee Villa at 10 a.m. At 11:30,the Diaper Derby and Baby Costume Contest will be held at the Activity Building.

Beginning at noon, the Pedal Tractor Pull registration will be held at the Main Stage and the Sanctioned Pedal Tractor will be at 12:30 p.m. Also from noon to 7 p.m. the Digital Photo Booth and Free Classic Arcade Games will be open in the Activity Building along with XBOX Kinect game from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show will be at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. At 4 p.m. there will be a "G" rated movie, "The Smurfs" in the Activity Building.

Cherokee County Beef Producers will begin grilling beef burgers also at 4 p.m.

The presentation of flags by Vietnam Veterans of America, VFW, and the American Legion will be at 6:45 p.m., with the 2WD and 4WD NPPA Truck Pulls beginning at 6:30 p.m. and chainsaw carvings auctioned during intermission.

At 7:30 p.m. the "Ugly Cake" judging will take place, and Aat 9 p.m. a Teen Dance will be held at the Activity Building.

Sunday begins with 'Makin' TRACCs', the third annual Tractor Ride Around Cherokee County at 9 a.m., and Church Service will be held at the Activity Building at 9:30 a.m.

At noon there will be Quilt Turning at the Activity Building.

At 1 p.m., the Bill Riley Talent Show will be held at the Activity Building.

At 2 p.m., the Antique Tractor Pull will be held, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. B & C Productions presents a game - Cherokee County version - in the Activity Building.

The Cherokee County Fair Queen crowning will be held at 5 p.m.,and the new Queen will be crowned by 2011 Fair Queen Sara Peters.

Also be sure to check out all the Cherokee County 4-H activities throughout the Fair.

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