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Central Alabama Summer Festival starts next week

The Central Alabama Summer Festival will be held next week at Lion’s Fair Park.

The event starts Wednesday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 25.

The festival will open Wednesday through  Friday, July 21-23. It will open at 1 p.m.  on the weekend, July 24-25. The fair will close around 10 p.m. each night.

The price to enter the gate is $5. Armbands will cost $25 each night.

Central Alabama Fair President Russell Haskell said that it’s the first time a festival will be held during the summer.

“We’ve never done a festival in July before,” Russell Haskell said.

Over 20 rides on the midway, games, food will be at the festival.

No exhibits and beauty pageant, which usually is held at the fall in the fall, won’t take place.

“It will be more of a festival, than a fair,” Russell Haskell said.

Central Alabama Fair Property Manager John Haskell explained why the event is called a festival.

“You can’t have animals, agriculture and exhibits because it’s too hot,” John Haskell said. “That’s why you can’t call it a fair.”

Russell Haskell said the fair usually held during the fall in October won’t take place this year.

“We have a new Amusement company this year and July was the only date they had available,” Russell Haskell said.

Russell Haskell said they plan to bring the fair back during the fall of 2022.

Here are the Central Alabama Fair Association Board:  President:  Russell Haskell; 1st Vice President:  Dana Hollis; 2nd Vice President:  Dick Dunaway; Secretary:  Linda Haskell; Treasurer and Property Manager:  John Haskell.

Selma Lions Club members are: John Brock, Joyce Canada, John Coon, Carolyn Dunaway – President, Dick Dunaway – Secretary, John Duncan, Kathy Duncan, Ed Greene, Scott Haskell, John Haskell – Sight Chairman, Joy Haskell, Linda Haskell – Membership Chairman, Russell Haskell –  Tail Twister, Dana Hollis – 2nd Vice President, Brenda Key – 1st Vice President, Robert Key, Brenda Lovelady, Ray Thompson – Treasurer, Allen Williams.