Waterford fair kicks off Thursday
“It’s all about the kids, those late nights when the barn lights are still on as we drive home,” said Kendrick Schwendeman, 25, in his second year as a board member for the Waterford Community Fair. “For the FFA and 4H kids that work all year, to see the community come out and support them, recognize that work and as a kid to see the return on that work, it brings out the smiles.”
Hog weigh-ins begin this evening and continue Thursday morning for the annual Waterford Community Fair.
“George is a good listener, I walk him around,” described one of the fair’s newest competitors, Blake Huck, 10, of Waterford, about his hog.
He’s following in the footsteps of his 12-year-old sister Allison, who is also showing a hog for the fair this year.
“Sometimes he runs away,” said Blake about his hog, George. “I’m excited to take my pig to the fair.”
Then through the weekend, the festivities continue with tractor pulls, arts and crafts displays, and of course, fair food and rides.
Gates open officially for the fair at 4 p.m. Thursday, then two hours later the only night of free rides opens, sponsored by the fair board.
“We really focus on the children and creating a memory-making event,” said board president Missy Antill.
Memories are made by competing in showmanship events for hogs and cattle raised over the last year by local FFA and 4H students ages 9-18.
“We have about 200 kids registered to show, and project around 190 hogs will be weight-eligible,” said Antill. “The kids bringing them are coming from as far as Frontier Local Schools, to around here with Warren, Fort Frye and Waterford.”
Antill said the fair does draw some, though not many, entries from Belpre City and Marietta City schools’ students, too.
“And this is kind of a kick-off for the school year, too,” said Schwendeman. “Waterford starts next week, but even to see the friends from FFA and 4H from other schools that you haven’t seen all summer because you’ve been working hard, there’s camaraderie there.”
Schwendeman said he’s excited to see friends’ children compete not only with their hog projects, but in the tractor pulls.
“There are no gender-specific or age-specific classes,” he said. “But I always kind of root extra for the girls, it’s not stereotypical, but they’re just as capable.”
The fair is also boasting not only new fancywork categories but a new name for one of the fairgrounds’ buildings.
“We wanted to honor two former board members who served for such a long time and gave so much to the kids here over the years,” said Antill. “So we renamed a building as the Adams-Staph building after Oran Adams and Ross Staph, both of whom have passed.”
The fair is also honoring a couple who gave their time for many years to the fair, having Jenny and Sam Sadler, of Waterford, serve as Friday’s parade marshals.
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If you go:
• The Waterford Fair kicks off with hog weigh-ins Wednesday and Thursday.
• Then the annual fair parade will begin at Fort Frye High School Friday.
• Parade floats and participants will assemble at 5:30 p.m.
• The parade begins at 6 p.m.
• 6 p.m.: Hog weigh-ins, fair barn.
• 8 p.m.: Jackpot show weigh-in, fair barn.
• 7 a.m.-9 a.m.: Hog weigh-ins.
• 9 a.m.-11 a.m.: Hog pictures.
• 10 a.m.-Noon: Receiving fancywork and canned goods.
• 2 p.m.: All horticulture exhibits in place except cut flowers.
• 4 p.m.: Gates open – presentation of colors.
• 5 p.m.: Washington County royalty crowning.
• 6 p.m.: Baby contest.
• 6 p.m.: Tractor tug pull.
• 6 p.m.: Rides open, free for all ages.
• 7 p.m.: All livestock in place.
• 8 p.m.: Hog show clinic.
• 8 a.m.: Presentation of colors.
• 8 a.m.: Market hog show, followed by pee wee hog show.
• 9 a.m.-Noon: Cut flowers in place.
• 1 p.m.: Judging of fancywork.
• 1 p.m.: Judging fruits, vegetables and floral.
• 5 p.m.: Rides open, $15 for an armband.
• 5:30 p.m.: Fair parade forms at Fort Frye High School.
• 6 p.m.: Parade starts.
• 7:30 p.m.: Kids motorcycle and ATV rodeo sign-ups.
• 8:30 p.m.: Tent entertainment: Stallion-Rock-Roll.
• 8:30 p.m.: Kids motorcycle and ATV rodeo.
• 8 a.m.: presentation of colors.
• 8 a.m.: livestock and jackpot shows.
• 9 a.m.: children’s games begin.
• 11:30 a.m.: scales open.
• Noon-4 p.m.: senior citizen day.
• Noon- 4:30 p.m.: matinee rides, $12 for an armband.
• Noon: tractor speed pull.
• 4:30 p.m.: hog sale.
• 5:30 p.m.: rides reopen, $15 for an armband.
• 5:30 p.m.: Dark Pig, tent.
• 6:30 p.m.: tractor pull sign-ups (for the evening classes).
• 8 p.m.: tractor speed pull.
• 8:30 p.m.: Pickin’ on Country, tent.
• 8 a.m.: Presentation of colors.
• 9 a.m.: Church services in the tent.
• 1 p.m.: Pedal tractor pull (by Waterford FFA Alumni).
• 3:30 p.m.: Smith Family Singers, tent.
• 5:30 p.m.: Rides open, $15 for an armband.
Source: Waterford Community Fair Board.