Washington County Fair set-up in full swing

8-29 FAIR 2 MICHAEL KELLY The Marietta Times A crew from Chillicothe Tents for Events spreads out the floor of what will become the food tent on the Washington County Fairgrounds Tuesday morning. Supervisor Jeremy Clark said the crew will set up a total of eight tents on the grounds, each taking about half an hour.

Washington County Fair schedule

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Phones rang and people came and went in the Washington County Fair Board office on the fairgrounds Tuesday as an army of volunteers and staff got ready to set up the annual county fair.

The attractions this year, fair board member Debbie Tornes said, are improved, and some are new.

The midway carnival is being supplied by Cromer Amusements of Eaton, east of Dayton, the first time in Washington County for the group. Tornes said the fair board’s president, Kurt Bohlen, and vice-president, Brian Barth, found the amusement company among vendors at a fair managers convention in Columbus in January.

“There’ll be a lot of new rides,” Tornes said. Behind the fair board office, several had already arrived and were sitting on trailers, awaiting set-up.

The fair opens with a parade Saturday morning, starting around Ohio Avenue and Second Street at 10 a.m. It will make its way down Greene and up Front Street, ending at the fairgrounds.

“We’ve got a permit for two hours, and it will take all of that,” Tornes said. This year, she said, the $30 fee for parade entries also grants participants free admission to the grounds.

After checking with organizers, she said entries were at 150, with more still coming in. The parade, she said, will again include the massive flag that was a hit with the crowds last year. Veterans are going to figure large in the fair activities this year, she said, opening events every day at the grandstand, and exhibits will include a veterans wall.

The fair starts Saturday and winds up Tuesday. General admission is $8, with children under 2 free, and on Tuesday veterans and active duty military members are admitted free.

The Farm Chore Relay will run every day at 5 p.m. at Civitan Park, volunteer Morgan McCoy said. The relay includes tractor-tire flipping, carrying buckets of water, a wheelbarrow race, a sack rack and a wagon race, with two divisions, younger and older than 18.

Cake-eating contests will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with cake supplied by the Village Cakery in Barlow.

“It’s really good cake,” McCoy said. “The icing is perfect.”

Live music is scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Tornes said.

“Anthony Mossberg will be playing at noon Saturday,” Tornes said. “He’s a big draw, well-known.”

Other musicians playing over the weekend include the Jerry Mitchem Bluegrass Band and Phase 2.

A nightly dance will be held at the skating rink, she said.

“There will be events there every night, to keep those young people busy,” she said.

On the grounds Tuesday, a technician from Hill Supply in Canal Winchester was checking the equipment in the dairy barn, where a mountain of sawdust stood in the center of the floor. Outside the skating rink on the asphalt midway area, a crew from Chillicothe Tents for Events was laying out the tarp floor of the food tent. Supervisor Jeremy Clark, sinking big stakes into the ground around the perimeter, said the company will be setting up a total of eight tents, with the largest taking the crew of about six about half an hour to finish.

A few feet away, Carol and John Winland from Salesville were getting their food trailer leveled, having just arrived from working the Guernsey County Fair.

“We’ve been doing this for 14 years,” Carol said. “Washington County is a real good one, one of the better fairs.”

In the passenger’s seat of the couple’s pickup truck sat a lifesize plastic pig bearing a sign hung around its neck, “Pig out at J&C Concession.” The pig will be placed outside the trailer to draw some trade. Next up for the Winlands will be the Belmont County Fair.

Washington County Fair schedule

Wednesday

2 -9 p.m. – Booth Set-up, Junior Fair Building

Thursday

2 -9 p.m. – Booth Set-up, Junior Fair Building

Friday

10 a.m. – 4-H Booth and Trash Can Judging, Junior Fair Building

Noon –Junior Fair Board meeting, Junior Fair Building

3-7:30 p.m. – Horse move-in, Horse Barn

4 -7 p.m. – Weigh-in, rabbits and poultry, Poultry Barn

4 -7 p.m. – Weigh-in, Lamb, goat and DFS, Multi-Purpose Building

7 p.m. – Lamb and goat exhibitor meeting, show arena in Multi-Purp Building

7 -8 p.m. – Weigh-in, Market beef Multi-Purp Building

8 p.m. – Cattle exhibitor meeting, show arena in Multi-Purpose Building

6 -8 p.m. – Livestock pictures, Multi-Purpose Building

Saturday

7:30 a.m. – Home Arts Judging, Home Arts Building

8 a.m. – Gates Open

9 a.m. – John Rech Memorial Pull, Farm Stock Classes, Grandstands

9 a.m. – Garden Tractor Pulls, Grandstands

10 a.m. – Fair Parade, Downtown

10 a.m. – Junior Fair DFS Showmanship, Multi-Purpose Building, Junior Fair DFS Show, (Market), (Pee Wee Showmanship-follows)

11 a.m. – Junior Fair Poultry and Turkey, Poultry Barn

Showmanship

11 -1 p.m. – Livestock Picture,s Poultry Barn

1 p.m. – Flower Show Judging, Merchants Hall

12 p.m. – Midway Opens

12 p.m. – Entertainment, Midway, Anthony Mossberg

12 p.m. – Flower Judging, Merchants Hall

12 -4 p.m. – Soil and Water Presentation, Civitan

1 -4 p.m. – Livestock Pictures, Multi-Purp Building

1 p.m. – Cake Eating Contest, Multi-Purp Building

1 p.m. – Little Prince & Princess, Junior Fair Building

1 p.m. – Horse Pull, Track

1 p.m. – Junior Fair Horse, Show Horse Arena

1 p.m. – Black and White Holstein Multi-Purpose Building

Show

1 p.m. – Junior Fair Poultry,Turkey, Poultry Building, Judging (Market)

2 p.m. – Entertainment, Midway, “Wild Ride”

3 p.m. – Coin Hunt (12 and under), Petting Zoo

3 p.m. – Junior Fair Beef, Multi-Purp. Building

Showmanship

3 p.m. – Market Beef Show, Multi-Purp. Building, followed by Pee Wee Showmanship

3 p.m. – Junior Fair Poultry Show (Fancy), Poultry Building

4 p.m. – Rockin’ in Ohio, Midway, Presentation

4 -5 p.m. – Horse Pictures, Horse Arena

4 p.m. – Junior Fair Cake Decorating Contest, Junior Fair Building

5 -6 p.m. – Midway Shut down for Inspection

5 p.m. – Farm Chore Relay, Civitan Park

6 p.m. – Junior Fair Beef Breeding, Multi-Purp. Building, Show

6 p.m. – John Rech Memorial Pull, Grandstands, Hot Classes

6:30 p.m. – Junior Fair Talent Show, Junior Fair Building

8 p.m. – Square Dance, Roller Rink, by the Buckeye Travelers

8 p.m. – Switzerland of Ohio, Multi-Purp. Building, Hereford Show

11 p.m. – Midway Closes

Sunday

9 a.m. – Worship Service, Horse Arena

9 a.m. – Junior Fair Goat, Multi-Purp. Building

Showmanship

9 a.m. – Junior Fair Rabbit, Poultry Building

Showmanship

11 a.m. – Junior Fair Market, Goat Multi-Purp. Building, Show (Market) followed by Pee Wee Showmanship

11 a.m. – Junior Fair Rabbit Show (Market), Poultry Building

12 p.m. – Midway Opens

12 p.m. – Horse Harness Racing, Track

12 p.m. – Entertainment, Midway, Jerry Mitchem Blue Grass Band

1 p.m. – Cake Eating Contest, Multi-purp Building

1 p.m. – Rabbit Dress Up Contest, Poultry Building

1 p.m. – Junior Fair Rabbit, Poultry Building, Breed Show followed by Pee Wee Showmanship

1 p.m. – Junior Fair Horse Show, Horse Arena

2 p.m. – Entertainment Midway, Phase 2

2 p.m. – Junior Fair Goat Breeding, Multi-Purp. Building, Show

3 p.m. – Coin Hunt (12 and under), Petting Zoo

3 p.m. – Ladies Lead and Goat Dress Up, Multi-Purp. Building

4 p.m. – Junior Fair Style Show, Junior Fair Building

4 p.m. – Junior Fair Lamb Showmanship, Multi-Purp. Building

5 -6 p.m. – Midway shuts down for Inspection

5 p.m. – Farm Chore Relay, Civitan Park

5 p.m. – Iron Chef Competition, Junior Fair Building

6 p.m. – Junior Fair Market Lamb Show, Multi-Purp. Building

6 p.m. – Waterford FFA Pedal Pull, Petting Zoo

7 p.m. – SEBRA Bulls and Broncs, Grandstands

8 -11 p.m. – Teen Dance, Roller Rink

8:30 p.m. – Junior Fair Sheep Breeding Show, Multi-Purp. Building

11 p.m. – Midway Closes

Monday

8 -10 a.m. – 4-H Pancake Breakfast & Flippin’ Show, Junior Fair Building

10 a.m. – Junior Fair Dairy Showmanship, Multi-Purp. Building

11 a.m. – Junior Fair Dairy Breeding Judging, Followed by Pee Wee Showmanship, Multi-Purp. Building

12 p.m. – Midway Opens

12 p.m. – Horse Harness Racing Track

12 p.m. – Entertainment, Midway, Phase 2

1 -7 p.m. – Election of Fair Board Directors, Home Arts Building

1 -3 p.m. – Cloverbud Activities, Junior Fair Building

1 p.m. – Cake Eating Contest, Multi-Purp. Building

3 p.m. – Coin Hunt (12 and under), Petting Zoo

5 -6 p.m. – Midway shuts down for Inspection

5 p.m. – Farm Chore Relay

6 p.m. – Overall Showmanship contest, Horse Arena & Multi-Purp. Building

6 p.m. – ATV Drag, Grandstands

6 -9 p.m. – $1 Skate Night, Roller Rink

11 p.m. – Midway Closes

Tuesday: Military & Veteran Appreciation Day, Free admission for all veterans and active military

1 p.m. – Midway Opens

3 p.m. – Buyers reception,n Multi-Purp. Building

3:30 p.m. – Presentation of Skillathon & Poster Awards, Multi-Purp. Building

4 p.m. – Midway Opens

4 p.m. – Junior Fair Livestock Sale, Multi-Purp. Building; Sale Order: Turkeys, Rabbits, Goats, Chickens, DFS, Market Beef, Lambs

6 p.m. – Truck Drag, Grandstands

8 -10 p.m. – Booth Tear Down, Junior Fair Building

11 p.m. – Midway Closes

Wednesday

9 a.m.- Booth Tear Down, Junior Fair Building

Admission: $8, children under 2 enter free, veterans and active duty military enter free on Tuesday

Parking: $1

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