Celebration of Washington County kicks off Wednesday

The 2020 Washington County Fair kicks off Friday with livestock weigh-ins starting at 6 p.m. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

While many fairs have been canceled due to the pandemic, a revised version of the Washington County Fair will kick off this week.

Kurt Bohlen, president of the Washington County Fair Board, said other than the 4-H livestock shows and auction, about everything else was canceled.

“There’s no rides, no grandstand events,” he said. “There will be a few food vendors, but no tractor pull or rodeo.”

He said, per the governor’s orders, the fair parade will also not take place.

“If we could, we’d have it, but he hasn’t lifted the ban on parades yet,” Bohlen said.

The cost will be $15 for season passes, and $5 daily admission.

“We’re required by law to have an election,” he said. “We elect officers every year at the fair, so we have to sell membership tickets.”

The fair board created a plan based on state fair guidelines and what prior fairs have done to comply, said Lisa McNish, fair board secretary. The Washington County Health Department has reviewed and approved the plan.

According to the plan provided by McNish, parents should assess the health of their children before attending. If the child is sick, they should stay home. Requirements have been set for all phases of the junior fair.

Set up and move in

Only one parent and one child will be permitted to unload animals from the trailer for weigh in to stall or pen. Booth set up is limited to 10 participants at one time.

Barns and feeding

Animals should be fed as quickly and efficiently as possible to avoid overcrowding in the barn area. Pens should be cleaned during feeding time. There is no sleeping in the barns and all barns will be closed at 10 p.m.


During shows, masks are required and the shows are limited to immediate family. Shows will be live streamed via Facebook. There will be no hand shakes, high fives or physical contact between contestants or with judges.

No bleachers will be available, so attendees should bring their own chairs. Breeding projects will leave fair grounds after shows and the horse show is trailer in/trailer out on Saturday.


Tuesday’s sale is limited to immediate family and will be live streamed on Facebook. Chairs and beverages will be provided for buyers, and exhibitors should not bring gifts or photos for the buyers.

McNish said parking will be available at the fairgrounds, and vehicles will enter through the cattle barn gate at the corner of Eaton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. There will be no parking fee.

Bohlen said classes will be less than 10 kids per class and the night of the sale, each business or organization should only send two representatives to the sale. Bids can be submitted by contacting the OSU Extension.

The number of exhibitors is down a little this year with a lot of kids invested in smaller projects, such as chickens and rabbits, he said.

“The larger projects that are more of an investment, a lot of those are down,” he said.

Little Hocking resident Allison Florence, 17, will be showing a dairy feeder steer as she has the last four years.

“I didn’t really think I would, especially since most of the counties around us are closing their fairs. I’m really glad we didn’t,” she said. “I love showing.”

She enjoys raising the animals and getting to have her own animal to feed and raise.

“And knowing no one else did it for me,” Florence said. “I put in the work to get the outcome.”

One of the things she’s going to miss this year at the fair are the crowds.

“It’s definitely going to be cut back on people,” she said. “I’m going to miss all the support there.”


If you go

≤ Wednesday, September 2

9:00 am-9:00 pm Set-up 4-H Booths, FFA Exhibits, School Art Displays Jr. Fair Bldg.

≤ Thursday, September 3

9:00 am-9:00 pm Set-up 4-H Booths, FFA Exhibits, School Art Displays Jr. Fair Bldg.

≤ Friday, September 4

2:00 pm 4-H Booth & Trash Can Judging Jr. Fair Bldg.

6:00-7:00 pm Lamb, Weigh-in Multi-purpose Bldg.

6:00-7:30 pm Rabbits & Turkey, Weigh-in Rabbit/Poultry Bldg.

Note: Turkeys will be housed in the Old Sheep Barn

7:00-8:00 pm Goat, Weigh-in Multi-purpose Bldg.

7:30-9:00 pm Chickens, Weigh-in Rabbit/Poultry Bldg.

8:00-8:30 pm Dairy Feeder, Weigh-in Multi-purpose Bldg.

8:30-9:00 pm Market Steer, Weigh-in Multi-purpose Bldg.

All market animals must be in place by weigh-in times and

All breeding animals must be in place by 10 pm

6:00-7:30 pm Rabbit & Turkey Pictures Multi-purpose Bldg.

≤ Saturday, September 5

3:00 pm Jr. Fair Horse Show – Trailer in & out Horse Arena

Check in at 2 pm – show begins at 3:00

12:00 pm Jr Fair Holstein Club Show Show Arena

12:00 pm Jr. Fair Rabbit Showmanship Rabbit/Poultry Bldg.

1:00 – 2:00 pm Chickens – Livestock Pictures Rabbit/Poultry

2:00 – 3:00 pm Lambs – Livestock Pictures Multi-purpose Bldg.

3:00 – 4:00 pm Goats – Livestock Pictures Multi-purpose Bldg.

4:00 – 5:00 pm DFS/Steers – Livestock Pictures Multi-purpose Bldg.

2:00 pm Jr. Fair Market Rabbit Show Rabbit/Poultry Bldg.

(Immediately following rabbit showmanship but not before 2 pm)

3:00 pm Jr Fair Beef Showmanship Show Arena

Market Steer Show Show Arena

(Immediately following Beef Showmanship)

3:00 pm Lego Robotics Demonstration Jr. Fair Bldg.

4:00 pm Jr. Fair Rabbit Breeding Show Rabbit/Poultry Bldg.

5:00 pm 4-H Cake Decorating Contest Jr. Fair Bldg.

7:00 pm Jr. Fair Beef Breeding Show Show Arena

(Beef breeding animals released after show)

7:00 pm Jr Fair County Fair “Game Show” Night Outside Jr. Fair Bldg.

2020 Washington County Jr. Fair Schedule

≤ Sunday, September 6

9:00 am Jr. Fair Goat Showmanship Show Arena

10:00 am Jr. Fair Poultry Showmanship Rabbit/Poultry

10:00 am Jr. Fair Turkey Showmanship followed by Market Old Sheep Barn

11:00 am Jr. Fair Market Goat Show Show Arena

(immediately after Goat Showmanship but not before 11 am)

12:00 pm Jr. Fair Market Chicken Show Rabbit/Poultry

(Immediately following Poultry showmanship but not before 12 pm)

2:00 pm Jr. Fair Goat Breeding Show Show Arena

(Immediately after Market Goat Show but not before 2 pm)

3:00 am Junior Fair Fancy Poultry Show Rabbit/Poultry Bldg.

4:00 pm Jr. Fair Lamb Showmanship Show Arena

6:00 pm Jr. Fair Market Lamb Show Show Arena

(immediately following Lamb showmanship but not before 6 pm)

8:30 pm Jr. Fair Sheep Breeding Show Show Arena

(Immediately following Market Lambs)

Monday, September 7

9:00 am Jr. Fair DFS Showmanship & Market Show Show Arena

12:00 pm Jr. Fair Dairy Showmanship Show Arena

3:00 pm Lego Robotics Demonstration Jr. Fair Bldg.

1:00 pm Jr. Fair Dairy Breeding Show Show Arena

(Dairy breeding animals released after show)

5:30 pm Poster & Skillathon Winner Presentation Show Arena

6:00 pm Overall Showmanship Contest Horse Arena & Show Arena

Tuesday, September 8

Noon – 4:00 pm Remove Jr Fair Building Displays Jr. Fair Bldg.

4:00 pm Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Show Arena

(Sale Order: Goats, Chickens, Lambs,

Turkey, Dairy Feeder Steers, Rabbits, Market Steers)

Dismissal of Jr Fair Animals: Market animals may be removed from the fairgrounds after 8pm on Tuesday until 10:00 pm and Breeding Animals may leave after 9pm Monday

Wednesday, September 9

9:00 am – Noon Booth Tear-down Jr. Fair Bldg.


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