By Don Rutledge
The 166th annual Carroll County fair kicked off Tuesday for a six-day run through Sunday.
As usual, temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s during most of the fair – but there are plenty of vendors on the fairgrounds where cold non-alcoholic drinks and water can be obtained – including a variety of food and French fries!
Single admission tickets are $8 through this Thursday and $10 for Friday through Sunday. Rides through the entire fair are $10 or $1 per ticket. Fair passes can still be obtained by Carroll County residents for $15 and fair memberships are $30 which allows the holder to enter and leave the fair anytime – and also vote at the annual election of officers of the Carroll County Agricultural Society. Passes and memberships can be obtained at the secretary’s office located under the grandstand.
As listed in last week’s issue, this year’s Expo is bigger and better, according to fair officials. Some of the new events include a Barn 2 mile run/walk this Saturday.
Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. in the pari-mutual building on the north side of the grandstand with the race/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Cost per runner/walker will be $20. However, the fee is only $10 for a family discount with four or more family members.
Grandstand entertainment during the remainder of the fair includes tractor and truck pulls Friday and Saturday nights and the popular annual demolition derby Sunday evening. All grandstand events are free except track seats for the tractor pulls which are $5 per person.
Two junior fair auctions remain on tap. This Friday is the annual large animal sale starting at 6 p.m. and the small animal sale will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Both are held in the metal barn at the north end of the fairgrounds.
The large animal sale includes market lambs, dairy product baskets, market steers, market hogs and dairy beef feeders, while the small animal auction features market ducks, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and goats.
The remainder of the events on the junior fair and senior fair programs includes the following:
Thursday – Dog show at 9 a.m., metal barn; rabbit judging and showmanship at 9, small animal barn; English horse classes at 9:30 in horse ring; Dog obedience at noon, metal barn; sheep showmanship, breeding and market lamb show at 6:30, metal barn.
Friday – Super showmanship at 9, metal barn; horse performance classes at 11:30, horse ring; Pee Wee showmanship at 1:30, small animal barn; small animal dressup at 3, small animal barn, large animal sale at 6, metal barn.
Saturday – Horse dress up contest followed by mounted games at 12 noon; small animal sale at 1:30 in metal barn; square dance at 9 p.m., metal barn.
Sunday – Dairy cow dressup at 11, metal barn; trophy presentation at 1, metal barn; Rosebud Mining complex closed from 4 to 6 for market hog load out; junior fair market livestock and horse dismissal at 4; all other junior fair livestock and 4-H both dismissal at 7; open livestock dismissal at 8, market poultry dismissal at 8:30 ; vehicles permitted on midway at 11 p.m.
Senior Fair Program
Thursday – Carroll County tractor pull at 9 a.m., grandstand; open class sheep judging at 5, metal barn; flower show at 1 in former Catholic food stand beside exhibit hall at south end of fairgrounds; 100-year Farm family recognition at 6:45, grandstand; open to world antique and stock tractor and truck pulls at 7 p.m., grandstand; musical entertainment by Little Rock for 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Show stage located at the south end of the fairgrounds.
Friday – Carroll County tractor pull, 9 a.m., grandstand; flower show at 1 in former Catholic food stand; Ohio State Tractor Pulling Association tractor and truck pulls at 7, grandstand.
Saturday – Back to barn 2 mile fun run/walk at 8:30 a.m., grandstand; horse and pony pull at 10, grandstand; Full Pull Productions tractor and truck pulls at 7, grandstand; music by Wild Oats from 7 to 10 p.m. on show stage at south end of fairgrounds.
Sunday – Weigh in Mod Rod pullers at 8; Mod Rod pullers at 9; church service with The Bridge at 10, metal barn; combine demo-derby at 2; Carroll County fair demolition derby , auto demo derby open to world at 6, grandstand.
In addition to the fair entertainment, there is a lot to see throughout the fairgrounds, including the groomed animals and still projects of junior fair and senior fair exhibitors. Numerous booths are located under the grandstand and there are numerous food vendors available.
Kiddie rides are located at the south end of the fairgrounds while adult rides line the midway.