The Barlow Fair may be the latest of the three county fairs, but Pat Amrine, secretary for the Barlow Fair Board, says the board is ready to put on their best fair yet.
The Barlow Fair will run from Sept. 27-30 this year, and long time attendees will notice some changes.
"We've got a lot of new stuff this year," explained Amrine.
According to Amrine, the most significant change is a new ride company, Big O Amusements.
"They are gonna bring us some really nice rides this year," Amrine said.
Big O Amusements offers a variety of rides. Childrens' rides include a bouncy castle and Merry Go Round among other things. Not for the faint of heart, the Orbit pins riders to the wall of a quickly spinning circle as it rises into the air.
When: Sept. 27-30.
Where: Barlow Fairgrounds, intersection of Ohio 339 and Ohio 550.
Highlights: Parade and Tractor Pulls, Feeder calf sale and Zach Paxson performance.
Also new this year is the addition of the New Era Kite Club. Members of the club, based in Mineral Wells, W.Va., said they are excited to bring its kites and workshops into Ohio.
"The kids really love the kite building workshop," said New Era Kite Club president Max Barker.
Throughout the course of the Barlow Fair, the New Era Kite Club plans to give away 200 kite kits for free, said Barker.
The club will instruct the children on building a sled kite and let them decorate the kites before attempting to fly them.
Additionally the New Era Kite Club will bring along some of their show kites.
"The 33-foot octopus is always a big crowd pleaser," Barker joked about one of the kites the club plans to display at the fair.
The Barlow Fair is also adding a lot of musical entertainment this year.
"In the past, it has just been the tractor pulls on Friday night. This year we've got all kinds of music," said Amrine.
The tractor pulls will still take place, leading up to a performance by Randy and the Renegades Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in the gazebo.
At 8 p.m. Sept. 28, up and coming artist Zach Paxson will take the stage. For those who want to catch an early listen, Paxson will be opening up for the Charlie Daniels Band at the Parkersburg Homecoming Sunday.
Fair board member Denise Tessum has seen Paxson in concert and promises that fair-goers are in for a very exciting show.
"The night that we saw him he had a fiddle player that just burned up that fiddle. It was great," said Tessum.
Finally, the Barlow Fair will feature gospel music for the first time this year. Following the 10 a.m. worship service Sept. 30, Cross and The Messengers and The Kapple Family will perform.
Even though the fair will be adding a handful of new features, fair board member Sid Brackenridge says the community can still expect to attend the fair they all know and love.
"It'll be the usual family-type get together," said Brackenridge.
Brackenridge noted that popular events such as the feeder calf sale, The Little Miss and Mister Barlow contest and the Friday evening parade will remain the same.
Vendor spaces are still available and Tessum said she hopes people will add the Barlow Fairgrounds on Facebook.
"It is updated by the official fair board members. It has new information all the time and people are welcome to get on there and ask questions," said Tessum.
Membership passes are available for $12 to all Washington County residents.
Amrine says he will be at the Barlow Fairground's dining hall every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m from now until the fair. Amrine will be selling passes as well as handing out petitions for those who want to run for the fair board.
A membership pass grants access to all four days of the fair. Pass holders can also vote in the fair board election. There will be five fair board positions opening up at the end of this year's fair.