Harrison County Fair less than two weeks away
CADIZ — “Now showing” is the theme for the 172nd-annual Harrison County and Junior Fair, which is just one week away.
Harrison County Agricultural Society President Lynette Dauch said the fair is a great opportunity for the community to come together.
“The main thing is to give the kids a good experience,” she said.
It’s like a vacation for a lot of people, Dauch said, noting that area residents enjoy the week-long slate of festivities.
The fair begins June 24 and runs through June 29. Gate admissions start at 1 p.m.; for those who arrive prior to 1 p.m., there is no cost. Senior citizens get in free on Monday.
Dauch said she looks forward to the fair coming together. It takes months of work, she said.
The fair royalty candidates have been chosen and judging completed for the crowning of the junior fair members to reign over the event.
Several candidates are in place. They include Mallorie Dean, 10, the junior fair princess. A member of Tri County Show Stoppers 4-H she is raising a feeder calf and completed a cooking project this year. Her parents are Dustin and Tonya Dean. Ellis Jackson, 8, a first-year member of the Royal Riders 4-H Club, will reign as prince. He took a still project, gun safety, breeding and meat goat, and market pig and meat duck. His parents are Jason and Abigail Jackson.
Zebekiah Fisher, 17, will be king. He is a member of Freeport Friends, has a dairy cow and heifer, market hog, market lambs, market goats, market duck and a dairy beef feeder. He resides with Mark and Jenn Bardall.
Five young ladies are contending for the title of fair queen:
∫ Morgan Garret, 18, Blue Ribbon General, is taking a market hog. market lamb, market ducks, market turkey and will be competing with a horse. She is the daughter of Laura Garrett and Mark Kovach.
∫ Riley Eberhart, 17, Royal Riders 4-H, is taking a market steer and calf, market hog, market chickens and market rabbits. She is the daughter of Richard and Pennie Eberhart.
∫ Joyce Barr, 18, Cadiz Ranchers 4-H, is taking a market hog, market turkey, market duck, market chickens, market steer, feeder calf and market goat. She is the daughter of Clint and Alice Barr.
∫ Katherine Eberhart, 18, Shamrocks 4-H, is taking market ducks, market goat and breeder calf. She is the daughter of Paul and Rebecca Eberhart.
∫ Addie Edwards, 18, member of the Cadiz Ranchers, is taking two market goats for the livestock sale. She is the daughter of Amy Edwards.
The Junior Fair Night coronation will take place June 24 after the 4-H awards program that starts at 6 p.m.
There are currently a number of projects underway at the fairgrounds, with the help of state capital funds that were received in 2018. Dauch said there are many small upgrades, as well as larger projects such as improvements to the grandstands.
She said the fair board also will be taking some of the old buildings down and that the horse barn project will be completed later this year.
The work will be partially complete in time for the fair this year and then continue once the fair is over. According to Dauch, the project is part of a long-range plan to continue to improve upon and maintain the structures at the fairgrounds, as well as planning for the future of the fairgrounds for all to enjoy for years to come.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
∫ 1 p.m.: Flag raising.
∫ 1:30 p.m.: Buckeye State Pedal Tractor Pull. Youth ages 4-12 invited to come out and participate.
∫ 5 p.m.: Jr. Fair Night event, where outstanding 4-H members will be honored, fair royalty will be crowned, and the 4-H program will be celebrated at the Birney Memorial area.
∫ 7 p.m.: Market Lamb show. Grandstand-Buckeye Horse Puller return for a horse pull show.
∫ 5-10 p.m.: Rides will be open.
∫ 9 a.m.: Poultry show.
∫ 5 p.m.: Market Hog; with showmanship first, judging of the canned goods, baked goods, etc. Rides open.
∫ 7 p.m.: Grandstand- Motocross by Lightning Raceway.
∫ 9 a.m.: Rabbit show.
∫ 10 a.m.: Feeder Calf and Beef Breeder.
∫ 4 p.m.: Auction of baked and canned goods.
∫ 5 p.m.: Rides open.
∫ 7 p.m. Steer show starts. Grandstands- Side by Side Racing begins.
∫ 9 a.m.: Horse show.
∫ 10 a.m.: Dairy show.
∫ 5 p.m.: Goat show.
∫ 7 p.m.: Grandstand: OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pull.
∫ 8:45 a.m.: Companion Animal Show. There will be a variety of animals and will feature a People’s Choice Award.
∫ 9 a.m.: Horse Fun Show.
∫ 1 p.m.: Jr. Fair Livestock Auction.
∫ 7 p.m.: Demo Derby.
∫ 9 a.m.: Farm Stock Tractor Pull and the Lil Hustler’s.
∫ 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Library Day at the Fair for youngsters with a special treat by Sugaree Cupcake Co. and a good bag.
∫ 3 p.m.: Peewee Showmanship and Supreme Showmanship 4 p.m.
∫ 6 p.m.: Truck and Tractor Pull.
∫ 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Square dance.
The fair takes place at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, 550 Grant St. in Cadiz. Week-long passes can be purchased at the office at Jefferson Landmark in Cadiz. Ride tickets are purchased on the midway.
For more information on the fair, visit the Harrison Co. Fair Ohio on Facebook or go to harrisoncofairohio.com.