Don’t miss the Washington County Fair

Yes, everyone loves a parade, but that’s just the beginning of what the 2014 Washington County Fair has to offer.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Marietta, the largest parade of the year. But we hope the crowds that will no doubt line our city’s streets for the parade will at some point head to the Washington County Fairgrounds this weekend.

The fair has a long and proud history. For nearly 200 years, the Washington County Fair has promoted agriculture and our community. Our first county fair dates back to 1826. No fairs were held during the Civil War. After previously being held right downtown, William R. Putnam donated land for the Washington County Fairgrounds in 1857. Highlights of this year’s fair include a truck and tractor pull Saturday night, a rodeo Sunday and the small and large animal sales Monday and Tuesday.

Most of all, the fair is all about the kids. Hundreds of 4-H members complete a wide variety of projects to be presented and judged at the fair. A year in the making, the categories range from animals to home arts, junior fair board elections and more. These are kids who dedicate their time and effort to a project that in some cases results in a hefty payday. Many use their earnings toward college.

We hope the community does its part to support the fair this year. Come enjoy the rides, eat some great food and support some great organizations while doing so. Visit with local political candidates and take in a show. Most of all, spend time with friends and neighbors, because our community is what our fair is all about.