WATERFORD-Rain storms may have delayed some tractor pulls and made wearing boots a requirement, but the weather did little to dampen the spirit of the annual Waterford Community Fair.
"The rain really came down in bucket-fulls last night (Saturday), but really, all it did was make us reschedule the tractor pulls for today (Sunday)," said Carolyn Allen, fair board treasurer.
The community fair, which just wrapped up it's 52nd year, kicked off Thursday with a parade that crept along Ohio 339, passing by home of Margaret Semon, 64, of Waterford, who attended the fair Sunday with her grandchildren.
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A tractor makes a run at a full pull on Sunday during the annual Waterford Fair. Rain forced the Saturday evening pulls to be delayed until Sunday. The community fair wrapped up on Sunday.
"It's like a homecoming for us," she said. "It's where you get to see everyone. I love all of it, but I really like the parade. It goes right past our house and we always have a yard full (of people) for the parade."
Beth Huck, 37, of Waterford, a teacher at Waterford Elementary, said the fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer.
"It's the last weekend before the start of school and the last really fun thing we do before we head back to the grind of work and school," she said. "My kids really like the rides, playing the games and the tractor pulls."
In addition to the midway rides and tractor pulls, the fair featured it's annual hog sale, several food vendors, a pedal pull for children, ladies redneck rodeo and several musical acts.
Fair board vice-president Dennis Martin said no one event is any less important than another.
"It takes all of it to work," Martin said. "And then it takes the weather to cooperate, too. And for the most part, it has. So, yes, I'd say we had another good year."
Eric Barrett, OSU Extension agent, said the annual hog sale on Saturday was up over last year, with more than $108,000 raised.
"The kids all worked hard and are definitely happy they all have a little more college money to put away," Barrett said.
A total of 158 hogs were sold with the average price per pound of $2.74, up 20-cents from last year.
"That's great considering the economy," Barrett said. "And we sold five more hogs than we had last year."