Fair time

IT’S FAIR time in Belmont County, and that means a special time is offered to all.

The Belmont County Fair officially opened Tuesday and will run through Sunday. It will be a time of fun and frivolity at the 3-year-old fairgrounds on Roscoe Road.

The new venue has ushered in a renewed sense of energy and excitement to the fair. The expanded space has yielded expanded activities for one of late summer’s most awaited events.

The “new” fair continues to build, tweak and add as the site advances through its maturation process.

One of the neat new features is the Union Local Future Farmers of America having its own building for the purpose of selling ice cream. The Union Local FFA is the first high school entity to have its own structure. Such an attraction will likely fuel similar construction in the future.

County fairs are synonymous with animals and the good news this year is that all the animal barns are completed, making the livestock viewing much more visitor friendly.

The entertainment lineup is once again exceptional and wide ranging. The same can be said for the food and refreshments being served up.

The Roscoe Road venue has provided the opportunity to add a Motorcross course to the fair. It met with resounding success.

And what would a fair be if not for the involvement of youths? The Junior Fair attracts some 500 young participants in a host of activities, including the livestock sale, dairy products sale and the annual fair square dance.

We invite everyone to visit the Belmont County Fair this week, supporting the hard work of countless individuals while also treating themselves to an entertaining time.