Monroe Fair

THE JEFFERSON County Fair wrapped up this weekend after enjoying a successful one-week run in Smithfield’s Friendship Park. For those who enjoy such events, they need to turn their sights southbound and in quick fashion.

The Monroe County Fair opened Monday in Woodsfield. It is the 164th edition of the event which is ingrained in the county’s way of life, as it is one of the highlights of the year.

The fair offers something of interest for everyone. Moreover, fair officials have targeted specific days to honor various groups.

Senior Citizens and Veterans Day will be Wednesday when admission for those 60 years of age and older will be $3. Daily admission regularly is $7, and this is good for admission and free riders (two years of age and older).

On Youth Day, which will be Friday, admission for those 18 years of age and under will be $6. One of the special features that day will be COSI on Wheels, sponsored by the Monroe County Farm Bureau.

The Extension Centennial Celebration, sponsored by Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream, will be Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the entertainment pavilion.

Entertainment, food, activities and animals all abound through Saturday.

Harness racing, truck and tractor pulls, hypnotist show and Kart Racing are just a handful of entertainment highlights.

For those with an ear for music, a host of performers will be featured, including rising country star Katie Ohh tonight at 8.

No one features animals like the Monroe County Fair. The market livestock show (dairy feeders, feeder calf heifers, feeder calf steers and market steers) unfolds at 6 p.m. today.

Much to their credit, the fair officials have overcome a devastating 2010 storm which yield extensive damage to the grandstand. The 83-year-old landmark was demolished and funds are still being realized for a new $328K grandstand. if things go as hoped, it will be up and running for the 2015 fair.

Monroe County Agricultural Society officials noted community support is needed to complete this community project. Donations may be sent to the Monroe County Agricultural Society, P.O. Box 111, Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Anyone wishing additional information may contact Tracy Truax, board president, 740-472-4261, or Jason Winkler, board secretary, 740-213-3095.

We encourage everyone to take a trip to Woodsfield this week and treat themselves to a wonderful time. We also urge anyone able to donate to the grandstand fund, to do so.