A ‘fair’ chance for fun

Fair season has officially arrived in Eastern Ohio.

The Harrison County Fair is underway this week and will continue through Saturday evening at 550 Grant St. in Cadiz. The fair will host a “double feature” at 7 p.m. today with the mud bog and Ohio Mud Rod Pullers events both taking place simultaneously. Organizers hope the extra entertainment will draw a sizable crowd to the fairgrounds.

Other local county fairs are just a few weeks away. The Jefferson County Fair is slated Aug. 15-20 at Smithfield, while the Monroe County Fair is scheduled Aug. 21-26 at the fairgrounds in Woodsfield.

The Belmont County Fair is the latest in the local region, running from Sept. 5-10 at the fairgrounds off Roscoe Road west of St. Clairsville.

Each of these events will offer a wide variety of food, fun and entertainment for local families. County fairs can be educational as well, providing plenty of opportunities for young 4-H members to handle and care for their animals, to produce projects in numerous fields and to share their knowledge with the public as people visit their booths and stalls at local fairs.

Cows, lambs, goats, rabbits and poultry will fill the barns at each of these sites, and vendors will be on hand selling favorites such as funnel cake, cotton candy, french fries, sausage sandwiches and other treats. Midways will feature rides that can provide a thrill regardless of whether you are young or old, and there will be plenty of games for fair-goers to play as well.

While fairs may seem like they are all fun and games for patrons, a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes before, during and after these annual events. Fair board members, 4-H leaders and youths who participate should be recognized for those efforts.

Those organizers and participants want the public to join them at the fairgrounds to enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells and surprises those fairs can provide. We urge local residents to take advantage of the opportunities for safe, family-friendly entertainment and to support the people who make these fairs possible year after year.