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Barlow Fair to kick off 150th year

BARLOW — This year marks a big milestone for the Barlow Fair as it begins its 150th year on Thursday, continuing to make it the oldest independent fair in Ohio.

Abby Campbell, the fair board secretary, said the fair will kick off Thursday with grand opening ceremonies featuring local community leaders, state representatives, and the crowning of a 150th Fair Queen.

Admission is $5 per day with children ages 6-12 admitted for $3.

Thursday will also feature free rides for the night.

The annual Barlow Fair Parade will be 6 p.m. Friday. The parade will feature a float of parade marshals, with the marshals being descendants of the original founding families of the Barlow Fair. There will also be a special display on the fairgrounds featuring fair books dating back to 1886, meeting minutes, official records, and newspaper clippings that cover the past 150 years of history on the fairgrounds, Campbell said.

“On Saturday we will have fireworks for the first time ever,” Campbell said. “We also are partnering with the Mid Ohio Valley Humane Society throughout the fair to encourage pet adoption. There will be live music throughout the entire day.”

Another first will be held Sunday when the fair hosts its first Wood Chop Competition. More details can be found on the fair’s Facebook page. Organizers will also have goat yoga back for this year in the morning.

“As far as structural improvements, we have completely updated the Roundhouse Building, built a permanent structure for the Pampered Pets Petting Zoo, and repainted many buildings during our junior fair only of 2020,” Campbell said. “There will also be a commemorative mural on the sheep and goat barn celebrating 150 years. Of course, the barns will be full of junior fair exhibitors, homegoods, cut flowers, vegetables, and more.

“The cake and pie competition is in full swing, and there are a record-breaking number of vendors,” she said

“We hope the community will come out and support our fair and it’s rich heritage and history as we reflect on the past 150 years. We strive to celebrate our local agricultural roots and give the fair that ‘Fall-Family-Feel’ we are known for each September,” Campbell said.

“This year especially we are hoping to showcase all we have accomplished, and all we are looking forward to in the years to come. The sesquicentennial Barlow Fair is full of old favorites, and new additions.”

The schedule of activities for the Barlow Fair includes;

THURSDAY

∫ 8-10 a.m.: Entries for T-Building

∫ Noon: Lads and Lassies/4-H Booth Judging and Produce Judging

∫ 3 p.m.: Gates open

∫ 4 p.m.: Opening ceremonies (gazebo) with crowning of 150th Queen and Warren High School Band.

∫ 5 p.m.: Judging for T-Building; Judging Flowers and Still Exhibits

∫ 5:30 p.m.: Poultry showmanship

∫ 6 p.m.: Mr. CJ Magic and Balloon Show (gazebo); Tug Tractor Pull

∫ 6:30 p.m.: Beef Show; Dairy Show

∫ 7 p.m.: Soph Stevens (gazebo)

∫ 8 p.m.: Valley Echoes (gazebo)

FRIDAY

∫ 8 a.m.: Gates open

∫ 9 a.m.: Junior Fair Poultry/Market Duck (poultry barn)

∫ 3:30 p.m.: Market Dairy Goat Show

∫ 6 p.m.: Parade; Tug Tractor Pull

∫ 7 p.m.: Mr. CJ Magic and Balloon Show (gazebo)

∫ 8 p.m.: Sheep and Goat Show (show barn); New Nit Pickers Gang

SATURDAY

∫ 8 a.m.: Gates open; Feeder calf show

∫ 9:30 a.m.: Garden Tractor Pull

∫ 10 a.m.: Rabbit judging

∫ Noon: Mr. CJ Magic and Balloon Show (gazebo)

∫ Noon to 4 p.m.: Election of Directors (fair board office)

∫ 1 p.m.: Horse Youth Open Show; Draft Pony Pull

∫ 2 p.m.: Full Bridge (gazebo)

∫ 4 p.m.: Pickin on Country (gazebo)

∫ 4:30 p.m.: Buyers Reception

∫ 5 p.m.: Top 10 Pie and Cake Auction

∫ 6 p.m.: Backporch Alibi (gazebo)

∫ 7 p.m.: Tug Tractor Pull

∫ 8 p.m.: John Kunze

∫ 9;30 p.m.: Fireworks

SUNDAY

∫ 8 a.m.: Gates open

∫ 9 a.m.: Church with Dr. Lloyd Dennis (gazebo)

∫ 10 a.m.: Horse show; Truck and Tractor Speed pull

∫ 10:30 a.m.: Goat Yoga

∫ Noon: Little Miss and Mr. Barlow (gazebo)

∫ 2 p.m.: Mr. CJ Magic and Balloon Show (gazebo): Pedal Pull (show barn)

∫ 2:30 p.m.: Sour Mash String Band (gazebo)

∫ 4 p.m.: Exhibits released

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