By Carol McIntire
As the sun set on the 2015 Carroll County Fair Sunday evening, fair officials were assessing the success of the event. Fair Board President Ed Trushel said he was pleased with the weather. “It was a great fair weather-wise,” he said. “The only rain we received was Sunday, which was light, and it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of those who attended.” Trushel said he received comments from several fairgoers on improvement projects at the fairgrounds. “We are in the process of renovating the horticulture building and several county agencies joined together to plant a community garden outside the building which was used as a learning tool at the fair. They also installed a mural inside the building which really makes a difference,” he said. “The wife of one of our members had a great idea. She took the old windows out of the horticulture building, decorated them and we sold them with the proceeds going back into the project. Sherwin Williams also donated the paint and labor to paint the open class dairy barn at the north end of the fairgrounds.”
Dave Seck, superintendent of gates, said attendance increased over last year. “We had 11,708 paid admissions at the gates this year, which is about 900 more than last year,” he said. “That does not include Jr. Fair exhibitors and advisors, commercial passes or membership ticket holders.” “We also had an increase in the number of exhibitor passes and membership tickets this year,” he said. “We were pleased to see an increase. There is no doubt the nice weather played a role in that.” Seck said Friday was the biggest attendance day, followed by Saturday.
Jr. Fair members were pleased with the fair as well. Ten new records were set during the Jr. Fair Large Animal Sale. New records were set for the grand and reserve champion steers, grand and reserve champion carcass steers, grand champion hog, grand and reserve champion carcass hogs, grand and reserve champion dairy beef feeders and grand and reserve champion lambs. In spite of a ban on poultry projects at all Ohio fairs by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, a large percentage of Carroll County Jr. Fair members completed market chicken projects by creating an educational poster about chickens, completing book judging and competing in showmanship with a stuffed chicken.
Members who completed the project were rewarded Saturday by Carroll County Energy with a $5,000 donation that will be divided among the members. The harness racing program saw a huge increase in entrants. Entries for this year’s 17 races totaled 114 horses. Last year just over 40 horses raced.