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Walk to county fair, you might drive home winner

Walk, crawl or run to the Lawrence County Fair this week and you may ride home a winner.

For the second year, The Ironton Tribune, in partnership with Bob Clyse Pontiac-GMC, is sponsoring a car giveaway at the fair.

I know, I know, if you're like me, whenever you hear something is being given away, you think, "There must be some kind of a hook or some hidden cost."

Maybe that's the case in those wonderful "get rich quick" schemes you might catch on the late-night TV infomercials, but that's not the case here.

Fairgoers simply need to stop by The Ironton Tribune's booth and sign up.

It's that simple. No hooks, barbs or other strings will be attached.

Bob Clyse, owner of the car dealership, which bears his name, will select the winner randomly from all the entries on Monday, July 18.

Clyse is one of dozens of good, hard-working businessmen who keep the local economy going. He, like many others in the area, are constantly supporting community causes and helping out wherever he can.

The entire fair wouldn't get off the ground if it wasn't for the long hours and dedication of dozens of volunteers.

Each year, these men and women spend their free time preparing the site and all of the events so that when each of us shows up to visit the fair, everything gets off without a hitch.

The Tribune is proud to sponsor a booth at the fair. It's almost like a family reunion of sorts for some folks.

"Hey, how are you doing? I haven't seen you in ages."

From catching up with familiar faces to meeting new ones, that's what the fair is all about - having fun with others in the community.

So stop by and let us know how you think we're doing at the newspaper.

We always enjoy hearing from our readers so we can help make the newspaper better, more informative and more entertaining.

And while you're at the booth, don't forget to fill out a registration form and put your name in the hat for a chance to win this year's car.

Last year, Mike Herrell of Scottown was the lucky winner who had an extra set of wheels in his driveway the week following the fair.

Herrell won a blue Oldsmobile Cierra. And, while Herrell's prize was a good, solid car, this year the prized wheels are slightly sportier. The good folks at Bob Clyse Pontiac-GMC handpicked a spiffy Pontiac Grand Prix.

With blazing red paint, someone will drive off with one eye-catching set of wheels.

Good luck to all who enter.

Kevin Cooper is publisher of The Ironton Tribune. He can be reached at (740) 532-1445, ext. 12 or by e-mail to kevin.cooper@irontontribune.com.