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Catch bull riding, motocross and lumberjack action at inaugural Seacoast Extreme County Fair

Union Leader Correspondent
September 12. 2018 1:02PM
It’s at New England Dragway, but some of the action at the Seacoast Extreme Country Fair in Epping will be on hooves rather than wheels this weekend. 
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WHAT: Seacoast Extreme Country Fair

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday

WHERE: The New England Dragway, 280 Exeter Road, Epping

TICKETS: Tickets range from $7 to $12 daily (free for kids 4 and younger) or $15 to $35 for four-day passes

INFO: seacoastextremecountryfair.com

EPPING — Kenny Churchill rode bulls for 20 years, but now he’s gearing up for another wild ride.

The former professional bull-riding champion from York, Maine, is the chief organizer of the first Seacoast Extreme Country Fair, which opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at New England Dragway 289 Exeter Road.

“It’s totally different from all the other fairs,” said the 58-year-old Churchill, who planned rodeos around the country and spent the past 15 years envisioning a unique rodeo type of fair in the area.

The fair will feature something for everyone, but one of highlights will be the professional bull riding shows today and Friday.

Churchill said bull riders from the United States, Canada, Brazil and Guatemala will be among those participating.

“These are all top bulls that the cowboys are getting on,” he said.

In addition, freestyle motocross shows are planned each day, along with monster truck and helicopter rides, mechanical bulls and zoo animals.

A robotics competition hosted by the Manchester-based FIRST organization, lumberjack contests, barrel racing, country line dancing lessons and competitions, horse shows and corn hole tournaments are among other activities planned for the fair that Churchill hopes will become an annual event.

“We’re trying to do things out of the ordinary that are entertaining and fun and (that) people can join in and be a part of it,” he said.

The fair, sponsored by Bournival Jeep, also will include food, amusement rides and a large midway with an entertainment stage featuring country music from Presley and Taylor, Hay Wire and Johnny Wad and The Cash. Plus James Montgomery and the band Before the Crash will provide some rock and blues music.

Churchill said a group from Rye Airfield, a popular skatepark and BMX track, also will be on hand with skateboards and bikes for lessons and competitions

Fair hours are 3 to 10 p.m. today and Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Discounts for seniors and active military personnel will be available. Parking will be $5 at the dragway. For more details, visit seacoastextremecountryfair.com.

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