Fair preparation underway

Some of the many rides at the Scioto County Fair.

Officials with the Scioto County Fair are busy making preparations for this years fair. This years fair scheduled for Aug. 8-13 will be different than last year in a number of ways.

The entertainment lineup for the 2016 Scioto County Fair includes on Monday, August 8, U. S. Freestyle Motorcross Championship Series at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 9, William Michael Morgan & Mo Pitney will take the stage at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, August 10,

Diamond Rio will take the stage at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, August 11, the Circus Continental will have two shows one at 2 p.m. and another at 8 p.m., on Friday, August 12, Joe Diffie will take the stage at 8 p.m.

To close out the week the annual demolition derby will take place at 5 p.m.

Rob Seaman, chairman of the Scioto County Fair board of directors, said the the price of admission rose to $10 this year.

He pointed out all of the things one is entitled to once admitted to the fair and when you compare the price to other county fair’s the price of admission is a bargain.

He said there are some county fairs where one would have to pay to park, pay for admission, pay to ride rides and pay for the entertainment. At the Scioto County Fair general parking is free and once you pay the price of admission you can ride most the rides and take part in the evening entertainment for free.

“You could spend twice as much going to another county fair or you could take advantage of the things we offer here for one price,” Seaman said.

Another change Seaman pointed out is the National Kiddy Tractor Pull has changed to Monday night to encourage more participation.

One of the bigger aspects of the county fair is 4-H. Every year hundreds of kids from around the county participate in the fair with a 4-H project they’ve working on in anticipation.

In June of 2015, Ohio Department of Agriculture enacted a bird exhibition ban for all county fairs and festivals, over fears of avian flu, the ban was lifted in December of 2015.

According to Jo Williams, Ohio State University extension agent, there are a number of kids that have signed up to do poultry projects this year.

“The poultry ban has been lifted, so we are back to our normal schedule, as far as our poultry show,” Williams said.

She said in January the Ohio Department of Agriculture explained, if anything were to happen with another outbreak of bird flu, they could implement the ban at anytime. She said there is no ban at this time.

“So far, everything has gone well and they have not done that (implemented a ban), we are back on track this year with our poultry projects,” Williams said.

When asked about how many market poultry projects will be entered into the 2016 Scioto County Fair Williams said, roughly 55 market poultry projects. She said there are also kids signed up for fancy poultry projects and a number of others related to poultry.

When compared to previous years Williams said the number of market poultry projects are down this year.

Williams said there has been some changes to the show schedule.

“All of our livestock morning shows, will now be starting at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. We did this to make is easier for people to get here to watch them and for competitors to get their animals ready,” Williams said.

She said in any given year there will be roughly 400 market animals at the fair and that does not include, breeding stock.

There are a number of animals that will be judged at the fair and there are also a number of projects judged before the fair. The projects judged before the fair include food, cake decorating and clothing.

Williams said there will still be two auctions at the fair one Thursday night and one Saturday morning. At the auctions kids have their market animals up for sale and area businesses along with 4-H supporters will purchase the animals.

She said the auctions will typically bring in over $300,000 each year.

She said are still a few more pre-fair events to take place, other than that things are ready for the fair.

Seaman said active duty service men and women are admitted for free, with an official identification.

Seaman said part of the reason the admission is not higher is the event sponsors. He said because of the sponsors the fair board is able to keep the price of the fair down.

The final schedule has yet to be finalized for the week, but Seaman said they are activity working on it and when finished it will be released to the public.

For more information about the Scioto County Fair visit, sciotocountyfair.org.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext.1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter