Better that “Fair’ so far


Despite heavy rain, first days of Madison County Fair praised

By Gary Brock - gbrock@aimmediamidwest.com



Parents and their kids wait in line Wednesday to buy ride tickets for “Kids Day” at the annual Madison County Fair.


Gary Brock | The Madison Press

Crowds checked out the food vendors Wednesday at the Madison County Fair.


Gary Brock | The Madison Press

So far so very good.

That was the reaction Wednesday from Madison County Fair attendees and officials as the fair hits the halfway point of the week, with a number of major events still to come today, Friday and Saturday.

“I love the fair this year,” said Ken Weimer of West Jefferson. “I think the Fair Board deserves a pat on the back for all the new buildings and the blacktop that has been done to keep the water away. We’ve really enjoyed the fair. We’ve eaten a lot of food, we’ve seen the pig show now and we will be back for the tractor pulls.”

Weimer said he also volunteered to work the admission gate Sunday and Monday.

Madison County Fair Manager Bob Richardson said the challenge they have had at the fair so far this week has been the weather. “We got more than four inches of rain overnight last night. We dealt with that and made sure we took care of the people first. On Tuesday, we cancelled the COTPC Truck Pull for safety reasons and the water. We thought this was best for everyone.”

But he said the county fair was “back on full tilt” Wednesday. “Today is Kids’ Day. Tomorrow is the Open Hog Show. We have a lot of free entertainment here all week, and people need to come out and see it,” he said.

For young people, he said for example there is free laser tag noon to 10 p.m. “We have a lot of things for kids to do, and the adults, also.”

One of the major pluses for the county fair this year is the addition of the covered horse arena. “This has been fantastic,” he said.

Visitors to the fair agreed.

Matt Adams of London has a camper at the fairgrounds. “I’m really happy with the fair and all the improvements that have made it a good place to be this year.”

What has he liked best? “I like the new horse arena. They were showing in the rain the other day, and have never before been able to do that. I will be at the fair all week,” he pointed out.

Shelly Worthington of London agreed. She has come to the fair every year since. “I was this high,” she gestured with her hand just a couple of feet above the ground.

“I like it this year. I am glad they made a covered area for the horses. Some years it has been really bad with the rain or the heat and sun. This has really made a difference.” She said she grew up in London and lived nearby. “I was a 4-H leader and my kids were in 4-H.”

She said the “Food is good, but always shocked by the prices. The price to get in is not bad and the parking is good. We like the FFA and the building with all the chicks and ducks. My kids had horses and rabbits and guinea pigs — we had everything.”

Tonight, Thursday, there will be the Guys and Gals Lead contest at 6 p.m., with the Mid-Ohio Tractor Pull and Garden Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.

On Friday, there will be the Junior Fair Dog Show at 9 a.m., the Ag Olympics at 2:30 p.m., the Junior Fair Showman of Showmen contest at Eby Arena. On Saturday morning, one of the premiere events of the fair will be the Junior Fair Livestock Sale beginning at 9 a.m. at the Eby Arena.

For a full schedule of events the rest of the week, stop by The Madison Press display near the Eby Arena and Junior Fair office, as well as enter the drawing for two sets of four tickets to Cedar Point.

Parents and their kids wait in line Wednesday to buy ride tickets for “Kids Day” at the annual Madison County Fair.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Buyingticketspiccol.jpgParents and their kids wait in line Wednesday to buy ride tickets for “Kids Day” at the annual Madison County Fair. Gary Brock | The Madison Press

Crowds checked out the food vendors Wednesday at the Madison County Fair.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Faircrowdspiccol.jpgCrowds checked out the food vendors Wednesday at the Madison County Fair. Gary Brock | The Madison Press
Despite heavy rain, first days of Madison County Fair praised

By Gary Brock

gbrock@aimmediamidwest.com

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