WATERFORD - The tiny town of Waterford was bustling Friday night as thousands of people visited the 53rd Waterford Community Fair, which continues through Sunday.
Events scheduled for Saturday include the hog sale at 4:30 p.m. and speed tractor pull at 8 p.m., with rides continuing all weekend.
The fair, which is being held at the fairgrounds off Ohio 339, officially started Wednesday evening with hog and dairy feeder weigh-ins.
Waterford Fair and parade
A beautiful baby contest, garden tractor pull and king and queen crowning are among the events that were held Thursday.
Ashley Payne, of Watertown, was crowned 2011 Washington County Junior Fair Queen Thursday night.
"It means I get to represent the youth of Washington County and set a good example for the younger kids who are just getting into the junior fair organization," said Payne, 16, who won the beautiful baby contest at the fair when she was 2-years-old.
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Children wait for a carousel to start up at the Waterford Community Fair Friday evening. The fair kicked off Wednesday night and continues through Sunday. To share your fair memories, upload photos at cu.mariettatimes.com.
Fair board treasurer Carolyn Allen said Friday night the fair was going "very good" so far.
"I'm going to say we probably had 5,000 people- that's about normal for Thursday night," she said. "We probably average about 10,000 for the whole fair."
Hog judging was among the events held Friday at the fair. Logan Brown had the grand champion hog, while Abby Ketchum had the reserve champion hog.
8 a.m. presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop 222; livestock and jackpot show
9 a.m. children's games
11:30 a.m. scales open
12 to 5 p.m. matinee rides ($10 for an armband)
12 p.m. speed tractor pull
1:30 p.m. Dixielanders
4 p.m. Summer Shade
4:30 p.m. hog sale
5 p.m. rides ($12 for an armband)
6:30 p.m. Idle Tymes
8 p.m. speed tractor pull
9 p.m. Not So Rich & Famous
8 a.m. presentation of colors (by Boy Scout Troop 222)
9 a.m. church services in the tent
9:30 a.m. fun horse show sign-up
10 a.m. fun horse show
11 a.m. dulcimer music
12 to 4 p.m. matinee rides ($10 for an armband)
1 p.m. pedal tractor pull; ladies redneck rodeo
3 p.m. Taj Rohr
5 p.m. rides ($12 for an armband); truck and tractor pull; Once Blue
8 p.m. Space Chickens
That's what brought Marietta residents Denay May and Mindy Hawkins to the fair Friday. They said they had never attended before.
"Our friends from church - the Ketchums - have the reserve champion pig, so we came to see the pig," said May, 38.
She and Hawkins also discovered how tasty the noodles at the fair were, they said.
The fair parade held Friday, with local volunteer fire departments, youth sports teams and area businesses participating. Honored during the parade was Oran Adams, who has served on the fair board for 50 years.
The float members of Cub Scout Pack 222 rode on was complete with a tent, hay bails and pretend fire pit.
Cubmaster Dawn Mason said the scouts ride in the parade primarily for recruitment purposes.
"On the back of the trailer is my phone number to call to join," she said. "We're trying to keep it going - sports seem to take away from Cub Scouts."
Lowell resident Ron Bauerbach and his mother Marian Bauerbach, of Waterford, were among those watching the parade.
"She likes to come every year - she hasn't missed very many of them I don't think," Ron Bauerbach said. "I used to go to the fair every year to (participate in) the motorcycle rodeo and tractor pulls."
Tractor pulls are a staple of the fair and something that many fair visitors look forward to the most.
"My husband tractor pulls - that's his hobby. He goes all over the place and tractor pulls," said Waterford Kathy Niebert, 48, who said she's been to the fair just about every year for the past 40 years.
While some people enjoy a certain event at the fair, others who have made it a tradition to attend say it's simply a great chance to catch up with friends.
"It's more of a social event than a fair," said Stockport resident Ralinda Stiers, 47. "I always have a good time."