BENTON – Go-kart racing will wave the green flag on a diverse lineup of motor sports events at the Marshall County A&I Fair at H.H. Lovett Park today at 6 p.m.
Five nights of action will conclude with the annual demolition derby, a fair favorite for many years, Saturday at 6 p.m.
Tonight, as many as 10 classes of karts for youth and adult drivers will be competing on a dirt oval constructed in front of the grandstand. Steve Copeland, who operates I-24 Raceway in Paducah, will conduct the events.
Classes include Rookie Champ, Junior 1, Clone Special, Junior Unrestricted, Clone Medium, Clone Light, Clone Heavy, Adult Novice, Outlaw/Open and Stock Appearing.
Wednesday night will feature subcompact stock cars for the second year in a row at the fair, with racing beginning at 6 p.m. The cars compete in the 4-Cylinder Warrior division at Paducah International Raceway.
Jeffrey Bailey of Calvert City is expected to defend his championship in the event. Bailey, a 2011 graduate of Marshall County High School, finished ahead of Angie Norwood of Hardin and Kendall Clark of Calvert City.
Bailey, now in his fourth year of racing Crate Late Model stock cars, won last year’s feature race in a 2000 Ford Escort usually driven by his younger sister, Amanda, who could not race at the fair last year because of a minimum age requirement.
Thursday will feature the Ken-Ten Truck and Tractor Pulls, with competition getting under way at 7 p.m.
ATV and Truck mud drag racing is on tap for Friday at 7.
A $10 admission charge is good for all rides and attractions.