Beautiful weekend weather for the Barlow Fair

JEFFREY SAULTON Special to the Times Stirring soup beans at the 145th annual Barlow Fair on Saturday were Brooks Suprano, left, and Issac Campbell, right, both members of Troop 217 based in Barlow.

BARLOW — Ohio’s oldest independent fair was in full gear Saturday under clear, sunny skies.

Since 1872 the fair has been a showcase for showing livestock and farm produce along with a time for having fun.

For the 2017 edition, officials said the first night went down in the fair’s 145-year-old record book for first-night attendance.

“We broke our attendance for Thursday,” said Blake Campbell, senior fair board member. “We had 8,000 to 9,000.”

Saturday was the day for the livestock sales, there was also a fairway and many other events.

Campbell said the fair ends today. He said most of the fair will wrap up around 4 p.m. and the tractor pulls will go until 6 p.m.

Bob and Carol Gorham, of Barlow, said coming the Barlow Fair is a fall family tradition. This year they had four generations of their family with them. Bob, 87, is a life-long resident of Barlow, and has been at fair almost every year of his life.

“My parents would bring me here and I brought my family here,” he said. “We came here for the fun of it.”

Carol entered a few food items over the years.

They both said they like most parts of the fair.

“It’s improving every year,” he said.

Tamra Haring, of Waterford, said she had been to many of the fairs over the years with children and grandchildren showing animals at the fair.

“The kids work hard on the animals so I like to come and support them,” she said. “My granddaughter likes horses so we came for the rodeo; she is also enthralled by the marionettes here.”

Jody Harper, of Parkersburg, said this year was first time she had been to the Barlow event in a few years.

“I used to sing here and we came all the time,” she said. “When I stopped singing, we stopped coming out here, But this year I decided it was time to come back and see what’s going on since we quit coming.”

Suzzie King, of Country Roads Kettle Corn from Sugar Grove, Ohio, said the fair had great weather which kept her and Eric Pistole, who stirs the corn, very busy.

“We’ve been here for three years and it has been great,” she said. “The weather is really nice and the people are here and we can’t keep any popped corn on the table. It’s hard to do when its when its really hot.”