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Sussex Beat, July 20, 2000

NOTE: Sussex Beat is a mix of news, analysis and commentary by Eric Magill, publisher of Sussex County Online.


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State Fair 2000 ...

The annual Delaware State Fair is located just inside Kent County, but it always feels like more of a Sussex County event with its emphasis on agricultural exhibits and country entertainment.

The fair that highlights the state's agricultural and country roots runs Thursday, July 20, 2000, through Saturday, July 29 at the state fair grounds in Harrington.

As always, the 81st version of the fair will also include carnival rides, but the entertainment figures to set this fair apart from its predecessors.

Beginning Friday, July 21, with a performance by country music star Reba McEntire in the grand stand, the fair will feature well-known entertainers from the past and present.

Jethro Tull takes the stage on Saturday, July 22, Brian McKnight on Monday, July 24, Martina McBride on Tuesday, July 24, Def Leppard on Wednesday, July 26, and Kenny Rogers on Thursday, July 27.

An appearance by Brooks & Dunn with special guest Lone Star on Saturday, July 29, is already sold out.

The complete fair schedule and fair information are available on the fair's web site at

Coverage of Children's Day activities on Tuesday, July 25, will be available on Sussex County Online next week.

Perdue Plant ...

The controversial Perdue poultry manure recycling plant officially opens at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2000.

The Perdue-AgriRecycle plant between Laurel and Blades generated stern opposition from neighboring property owners but won rezoning with the promise of 20 new jobs and an economical means for farmers to dispose of poultry waste believed to be one of the major contributors to pollution of inland bays.

Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper and Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue will be on hand to officially launch the facility, the first of its kind in the nation.

The plant will pelletize poultry manure. The pellets, known as MicroStart60, will then be sold as fertilizer to farmers around the country and the world.

The governor's office said the plant will process 95,000 tons of poultry waste each year from surrounding farms.

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