By Carol McIntire
Country singer Jo Dee Messina will headline the entertainment schedule at the 2018 Carroll County Fair, which kicks off a six-day run July 17.
Fair Board President Mike Lozier said the board is pleased to be able to bring musical entertainment back to the fair stage.
“We received numerous requests to bring a concert back to the fair,” Lozier said. “We are happy to be in a position to make that happen this year.”
Track seats are on sale for the concert at $10 each plus processing. Grandstand seats are free.
“We’re making it affordable to bring the entire family to the fair for the concert,” Lozier noted. “The $10 gate fee includes the price of rides and, with the free grandstand, the entire family can enjoy a day at the fair. We want to thank our sponsors for helping make the concert possible.”
The show begins at 7 p.m. July 21.
The fair schedule includes an open-to-the-world tractor pull July 16 (Monday evening prior to the fair opening) at 6 p.m.
Grandstand entertainment includes two sessions of harness racing July 17 (noon and 5 p.m.), AMA All Star Flat Track Series racing July 18 at 7 p.m., Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association (OSTPA) pulling July 19 at 7 p.m., Full Pull Productions truck and tractor pulling July 20, a pony pull July 21 at 10 a.m. and the annual open-to-the-world combine and demolition derbies July 22.
The complete fair schedule appears inside the tab section, included in this week’s issue.
Lozier said the board is also pleased to welcome Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial, to the fair.
“We are pleased to be able to bring this memorial to the county for all citizens to view,” he said. “We are expecting a large crowd to visit the fair and view the memorial.”
The memorial will be housed in the Horticulture Hall.
Admission to the fair remains at $10 per person for those four years of age and older, except residents of the Golden Age Retreat. Single day admission includes free rides and grandstand.
The cost of exhibitor tickets and fair memberships remains at $30 each. Both admit the holder to daily admission to the grounds. An exhibit hall ticket is also available for Carroll County residents, which allows the holder to enter items in horticulture hall judging and provides for a single day admission. Cost is $15.
Wednesday is senior citizens day. Those 65 and older are admitted free until noon.
Active military will be admitted free any day of the week with proper identification.
During the 2018 expo, the fair board will unveil a new race barn. Two barns were razed and one new barn constructed as a result of a collaborative effort with American Electric Power (AEP). Portable horse stalls were purchased for the barn, which can be removed after the fair and allows for the barn to be used for other purposes. Portable stalls were also purchased for the junior fair horse barn.
Due to the reduced number of stalls available for harness racing day, the junior fair horse barn will be used race day. Junior fair horses will arrive at the fair later than usual, on Wednesday. The show schedule has been altered to accommodate the change.