Full slate of events, activities this weekend at Washington County Fair

Full slate of events, activities this weekend

Connor Tullius, 15, of Beverly talks with Ashton Binegar, 15, of Marietta as she waits with her Boer goat Toby to go into one of the barns at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Friday. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

Animals, farm equipment, pickups loaded with supplies, and all manner of people swarmed the Washington County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon, getting ready for the fair opening Saturday morning.

Carnival rides whirled and flashed as crews tested them out on the midway in front of the roller rink. Dale Brickles ran a wire brush drill attachment over a piece of iron clamped to a vise on his pickup truck. It was a gas jet out of the deep fryer in the food truck run by him and his wife, he said.

“Just standard maintenance, do it two or three times a year,” he said. Working out of Meigs County, the couple has been running the truck for 10 years, he said. “This is my retirement plan for when I get tired of doing electrical work,” he said.

Jake Griffin of Devola sat on a new John Deere backhoe set up at the Bridgeport Equipment display, eyeing the controls. He said he’d recently bought a smaller model and found it useful on 55 acres he has near Macksburg.

“I’m doing some clearing, going to be doing some farming,” he said.

Ron Smith carefully sets the base of a 10-foot section of the Spirit of Americans wall Friday afternoon that will be on display at the Washington County Fair. The project was founded by Smith, a Marine Corps veteran, and Patricia Sexton, a Sandusky resident and wife of an MIA serviceman from the Vietnam Era. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

Nearby, his father and fair board member, Walter Griffin, stood talking with a group of friends and looking at the low-level chaos around the grounds.

“It’s going real good,” he said. “Every year we worry about the weather, but it looks good all the way into next week, and that’s going to help us out.”

At a counter in the dim light of the dairy barn, Julia Hartline stood with a clipboard. The 14-year-old junior fair board member was recording weigh-ins for dairy cows and beef cattle.

“It’s looking real good, we’re getting a lot of help from the board members,” she said.

Charles Thompson stopped for a moment on his motorcycle to talk about a special feature at the fair this year, the Spirit of the Americans story wall.

Jenna White, left, and Jilli White from Lower Salem lead their goats up the ramp into a barn at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

“There were more than 100 motorcycles this morning to escort it onto the grounds,” he said.

Thompson is the transportation and marketing director for the Washington County Veterans Service Office.

“Veterans are doing as much as they can this year for the fair,” he said. “We want to show our appreciation for the way the community supports us.”

In a large white tent across the midway, Ron Smith and Patricia Sexton with some volunteer help were carefully finishing the assembly of the wall, a continuous 100-foot mural of interlocking images tracing the timeline of America from 1776 to the present. Sexton said the mural is made up of photographs retouched by an airbrush artist and blended into a single continuous timeline, then rendered as digital images burned onto a special type of flexible canvas. It travels in 10-foot sections and takes between four and five hours to set up, she said.

The project was founded by Smith, a Marine Corps veteran, and Sexton, whose husband went missing in action in 1971 in Vietnam.

Dale Brickles cleans out a gas jet from the deep fryer on his food truck Friday afternoon, preparing for sales during the Washington County Fair. Brickles and his wife are based in Meigs County and have been operating the concession for 10 years. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

Looking at the nearly-complete set up, she smiled and said, “Not bad for two people, huh?”

In the fair board office, one of the few air-conditioned enclosures on the grounds, volunteer Candy Nelson welcomed people, answered questions and gave directions.

“It’s been very busy but really exciting,” she said. “The kids are here, they’ve worked really hard, putting the booths together in all this heat. Things are coming together, and the weather’s going to be great.”

The gate opens at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday

Josh Biehl gets a cow off a trailer Friday outside the dairy barn at the Washington County Fairgrounds. “It’s a dairy feeder for my daughter,” he yelled as he dragged the cow toward the door. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

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 Showmanship, Poultry Barn

11 -1 p.m. – Livestock Pictures, 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 Show, Multi-Purpose Building

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 Showmanship, Multi-Purp. Building

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 Presentation, Midway,

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 Hereford Show, Multi-Purp. Building,

11 p.m. – Midway Closes

Sunday

9 a.m. – Worship Service, Horse Arena

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

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

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 & Flipping’ 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, 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

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