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Plenty of activities, events at County Fair

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

Although the 160th edition of the Van Wert County Fair officially begins this morning, the Fair Board has already held a number of events that used to be held on actual fair days, including the Junior Fair King and Queen Coronation, 4-H Style Review, and 4-H Special Awards ceremony, all of which were held on “Celebration Sunday” this past weekend.

Bull riding was just one of the events held Tuesday evening during the Bulls & Barrels Rodeo in front of the grandstand on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent
Bull riding was just one of the events held Tuesday evening during the Bulls & Barrels Rodeo in front of the grandstand on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Several events were also judged on Tuesday on the fairgrounds, while the Bulls & Barrels Rodeo took place Tuesday night in front of the grandstand.

Wednesday’s events include a ribboncutting ceremony at 8 a.m. and weigh-ins for Junior Fair turkeys, sheep, and goats.

The midway also opens Wednesday at 3 p.m., while a flag raising ceremony will be held at 6:45 Wednesday evening in front of the grandstand.

Following the flag raising, a Calf Scramble will be the main grandstand event for Wednesday evening, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday the fair gets into full swing, with Veterans Day and Senior Citizens Day both designated for that day at the fair, as well as Kids Day ($3 admission for everyone). There will be a Veterans Day Parade and special program in the Music Pavilion on Thursday, as well as free ham and beans, starting at noon, in the same location.

Harness racing begins at 1 p.m. in front of the grandstand, while the Junior Fair Turkey and Sheep shows will be held at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

FFA Shop & Crop and Vegetable & Flower exhibits will be judged on Thursday, while a Junior Far alpaca demonstration will take place in the Farm Focus Arena at 5 p.m.

Country singer Natalie Stovall will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, while the Erwins will perform in the Music Pavilion at 7 Thursday evening.

Other grandstand shows include the Truck Drags & Pulls Show at 7 p.m. Friday, the popular cheerleading contests starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Kids Dream Day from noon-7 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Sunday, and special thoroughbred and harness racing events on Monday (Labor Day).

Music Pavilion entertainment includes the Lifehouse Band at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Children Choosing Christ from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, a St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church service at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Soul’d Out Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Nut Flush at 9 p.m. Saturday, Christian Davis at 7 p.m. Sunday, Rob G & the Hired Guns at 9 p.m. Sunday, 4-H presentations on Sunday and Monday, and Trinity, Master’s Own, and Tom Kennerk performing, starting at 5 p.m.

Other Junior Fair livestock shows include the Rabbit Show at 4 p.m. Friday; a Dairy Feeder show at 8:30 a.m. Saturday; the Goat and Poultry shows, both at 9 a.m. Saturday; the Beef Show and Horse Pleasure Show, both at noon on Saturday; the Rabbit Showmanship competition at 9 a.m. Sunday; the Horse Contesting competition at 5 p.m. Sunday, the Swine Show at 8:30 a.m. Monday; the Junior Fair Horse Fun Show at 3 p.m. Monday, and the Showman of Showmen competition at 5 p.m. Monday.

Senior Fair and open livestock competitions include the Senior Fair Horse Show and Senior Fair Poultry Show, both at 9 a.m. Friday; the Open Class Ponies and Draft Horses show at 8:30 a.m. Saturday; the Senior Fair Poultry Show continues at 9 a.m. Saturday; the Senior Rabbit Show at 10 a.m. Saturday; the Boer Goat Show at 11 a.m. Saturday; the Open to the World Feeder Calf Show at 4:30 p.m. Saturday; the Senior Fair Beef Show at 1:30 p.m. Sunday; the Open to the World Market Lamb Show at 5:30 p.m. Sunday; the Ryan Trentman Memorial Show at 6 p.m. Sunday; the Open Sheep Show at 8 a.m. Monday; and the Senior Fair Dairy Show at 3 p.m. Monday.

One of the biggest events for Junior Fair exhibitors is the Junior Fair Livestock Auction, which takes place starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Farm Focus Arena.

In addition to all the activities, there is that great fair food, as well as fair rides, and fair games to enjoy.

So, enjoy!

POSTED: 08/31/16 at 6:11 am. FILED UNDER: News