Getting ready for fair time

It takes a lot of hard work getting the livestock pens and barns ready for the Pickaway County Fair. Carrie Savage, left, and Lisa Cline get in a few chuckles while they unload and help set up hog pens to be used by members of the Walnut Porkers 4-H Club.

The Pickaway County Fair begins this Saturday, June 16, and runs through next Saturday, June 23, as 4-H and FFA members show off the animals and projects they’ve been working on all year.

Admission is $6 a day, and children 10 and under are free. Veterans and citizens over 60 can get into the fair for $2 on Tuesday, June 19.

Although the fair will have the same rides, games, and food we all love, it has undergone some changes this year, according to Jr. and Sr. Fair Board officials.

Von Cremenans, President of the Sr. Fair Board, said they will be offering two more nights of entertainment than they have in the past, with something going on each night.

The demolition derby has been moved to the first Saturday of the fair, June 16, and on Sunday June 17 there will be a diesel truck drag at the Grandstand. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, the Grandstand will feature a full rodeo presented by Gordon Flesch Company. On Saturday, June 23 at 6 p.m., the Grandstand will feature musical entertainment by Travis Brown and the Drifters, followed by the main act, 2Steel Girls, a mother-daughter country duo from Tennessee.

Other entertainment for the week includes outhouse/bed racing at 8 p.m. Monday, motocross at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and autocross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Cremenans said the barns have also been cleaned and repaired to fix some of the water issues without adding a lot of cost since the buildings will be torn down immediately after the fair closes.

Joy Sharp, advisor for Jr. Fair Board, said Jr. Fair has made some changes to the way that organization runs. While these changes may not be visible to fairgoers, they will be a change for young participants.

Sharp said Jr. Fair has an updated schedule this year; several shows have changed days and times.

The hog shows are all on Tuesday this year, and sheep and goat shows are on Wednesday. For 4-Hers taking food, nutrition and creative arts projects, judging is on Thursday; and for those taking fashion-related projects, the style review is on Wednesday.

Sharp said changes to showtimes come because the Ohio Department of Agriculture recommends that show hogs not be on the fairgrounds longer than 72 hours. To meet this recommendation, other events were moved around to allow the hog show to take place on Tuesday.

This year’s fair will be the final one held at the current facilities. The current barns and buildings will be torn down after this year’s fair to make room for new Pickaway Agriculture and Events Center, which will open in 2019. The fair board will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facilities on Saturday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m.

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