ST. CLAIRSVILLE - "We've been blessed," said Dave Jones of the Belmont County Fair Board. "Friday night was our biggest attendance in five years." Events like Friday night's tractor pull and Sunday's demolition derby attract area families, and Jones said the good weather also contributed.
Fair-goers and fair participants could also take in the fairgrounds improvements, including a new goat and lamb barn, an addition on the horse barn and a brand new shower house for the Junior Fair members. The FFA Alumni sponsored a new ice cream stand, "and we're just tickled to death to have it here," added Jones. He noted that Tim's Custom donated both materials and labor for many of the improvements.
Because of the new goat and lamb barn, the hog barn was able to house 25 more hogs, bringing the total number of hogs to 163 - all area 4-H projects. Krista Morrison of the Junior Fair Board added that all of them sold at auction, and the minimum prices began around $250 and said the steers also did well at auction.
The Heslep family of Jacobsburg, from left, Jacob, Zach and dad Ben, try their hands at the goldfish toss Sunday afternoon at the Belmont County Fair. Fair Board director Dave Jones says good weather contributed to high attendance this year.
Fair Board member Debi Ault said that one of next year's goals is to fund raise for new rabbit and chicken pens in that building. This was a project close to late board member Shirley Milhoan-Shumaker's heart. "We lost Shirley on April 15," Ault explained. "We'd like to do this in her memory."
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