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GREENUP -- The upcoming Cumberland County Fair will offer an expanded demolition derby and other grandstand entertainment, plus concerts by rising country star J.D. Shelburne and contemporary Christian rock group Simply Jesus.

Fair President Stacey Holsapple said there will be no carnival this year, but they have purchased a 45-foot-tall, 175-foot-long inflatable slide that will be open for all ages throughout the fair, Friday, Aug. 9 to Saturday, Aug. 17. He said this giant will be a wet slide during the day and a dry slide at night. He said this slide also will be used during the fall demolition derby and haunted house.

"We are trying to add something different to the fair with that slide," Holsapple said.

The grandstand entertainment is scheduled to kick off with a new obstacle race at 6 p.m. Friday and conclude with the demolition derby, expanded to nine competitive classes this year, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the fairgrounds in Greenup.

Holsapple said Friday's race will include obstacles throughout the fairgrounds and will end at the grandstand. There will be a 1.5-mile course for adults, and a ⅜-mile course for children/beginners. More information is available via organizer Bryce Fitch of Greenup at 217-259-9960 or https://thecumberlandcountyfair.com/obstacle-course-race/.

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Grandstand entertainment will continue with Shelburne taking the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday. Shelburne, a Taylorsville, Ky. native who moved to Nashville, has scored hit singles with “She Keeps Me Up Nights," “One Less Girl,” and "Better Man" in recent years. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Cumberland County Fair website or Saturday night at the gate.

Simply Jesus will take the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday after the community church service at the grandstand. This contemporary Christian rock/worship band was formed in August by John "J.C." and Tiffany Couch of Lawrenceville, Terry Edwards of Arthur, and Chris Shaon of Jewett. Entry to this concert is free.

Other grandstand events will include the Cumberland County queen and little miss pageants, 7 p.m. Monday; Whippoorwill Rodeo, 7 p.m. Tuesday; junior miss and preteen pageants, 7 p.m. Wednesday; harness racing, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15; flat track drag racing, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15; truck and tractor pulls, 6 p.m. Aug. 16; and harness racing, noon and 4 p.m., Aug. 17.

The fair also will offer the Cumberland County Fair Board concessions booth and eight other food vendors, a petting zoo and livestock shows, and more, including Game Show Gurus shows at 6 p.m. Aug. 15-17.

More information is available by calling the fair office at 217-923-3191 or by visiting https://thecumberlandcountyfair.com/.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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