Barlow Independent Fair celebrates its 150-year anniversary

Barlow Independent Fair celebrates its 150-year anniversary

BARLOW — The Barlow Independent Fair officially began Thursday at the Barlow Fairgrounds, kicking off four days of activities and attractions.

This is the first year the Barlow Fair has named a Fair Queen.

Usually fair royalty serves all three fairs in Washington County. Morgan McCoy was named the first Barlow Independent Fair Queen to mark the fair’s 150th year. McCoy is a local resident who has been a part of the fair since she was young.

“So I have always been involved in the fair and agriculture in general, I was on the Junior Fair Board, and showed cattle since I was 9 years old,” she said. “I just want to be a role model for the kids, they all have to have somebody to look up to.”

McCoy said the fair is about spending time with her family.

Photo by James Dobbs A heifer is paraded around at the Barlow Independent Fair on Thursday.

“This fair is special, this fair is all about family to me,” she said.

During the fair, McCoy said she enjoys camping all weekend with her family and her father, Andy Smith, who is a member of the fair board.

Fair Board Secretary Abby Campbell has been with the board for three years. Her father-in-law, Joe Campbell, is Board President, and her husband, Blake Campbell, is also a member of the board.

“My father-in-law is on the board and my husband’s on the board, so it’s kind of like a chance to be with all of our friends, and family, and community, and we all work together to put the fair on, so being a part of that environment is really exciting,” she said.

Campbell is fascinated by the history behind the fair.

JaeLynn Bosner, 17, presents her show duck in the Poultry Showmanship event Thursday at the Barlow Independent Fair. Bosner was awarded first in Senior showmanship.

“It’s so unique, being the oldest continuous independent fair,” she said. “It really honors the livestock and the agriculture in our community.”

One of Campbell’s first dates with her husband was at the Barlow Fair.

“So I’m not from this area originally, and so he brought me down to the fair and that was my first introduction to this area and everyone in the community,” she explained. “It must have been a pretty good impression because we just got married last year.”

Campbell mentioned that her husband also proposed at the fair.

“So it’s got a special spot in my heart,” she said.

The Barlow Independent Fair will continue today through Sunday at the Barlow Fairgrounds at the intersection of Ohio 339 and Ohio 550 in Barlow.

If you go to the Barlow Fair:


¯ 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


¯ 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


¯ 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)


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