Harrison fair to open on Tuesday

CADIZ – The 166th-annual Harrison County Fair opens Tuesday when the flag is raised at 9 a.m.

The day is sponsored by Agland Co-op and Harrison County Pork Producers, and there is free admission for senior citizens.

As has been the custom each year, a Junior Fair Night will be held at the midway tent at 6 p.m. today, and Kayla Fogle, 2012 junior fair queen; Dylan Warner, 2012 junior fair king; McKenna Mizer, past princess; and Cole Ferguson, past prince, will be relinquishing their titles.

The coronation will be held after the presentation of ribbons and awards to 4-H members, Spragg scholarships, the Lucille Reed most outstanding award, state fair nominations, the style show of 4-H project sewing projects and other awards.

Callie Eberhart, a member of the New Rumley 4-H Club and Harrison Central FFA, and Emily Shuss, a member of the Silver Spurs 4-H Club, will be vying for the title of fair queen.

Corey Chrisman, a member of the New Rumley and Dusty Boots 4-H clubs, is the king; Seth Ferguson, a member of the Silver Spurs 4-H Club, is the prince; and Holly Eberhart, a member of the Shamrock 4-H Club, is the princess.

The junior fair committee consists of Don Jones, senior fair board president; Ryan Marker, junior fair marker; Kelsey Telfer and Tim Tanner, junior fair board advisers; Callie Eberhart, junior fair president; Todd Horn, beef and steer adviser; the entire dairy board, dairy cattle; Joe Johnson, sheep; Craig Best, goats, dogs, cats, poultry and rabbits; Steve Birney, swine; and Loretta Marchetta, horses.

The junior fair is busy each day with the different shows, but Friday will be particularly busy, with the livestock auction set to start at 4 p.m. A 1,362-pound grand champion market steer was raised by Stephanie Birney of the Hopedale Town and Country 4-H Club last year. Gallagher Memorials Inc. was the buyer at $3.95 per pound. Cael Jones of the Tri-County Show Stoppers had the top market hog out of 127 entries. It weighed 247 pounds and was purchased by D and J Sales and Service.

There will be a 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet celebrating the county’s 4-H members at noon Saturday. The banquet will be held at the Junior Fair Building and will feature the Ohio 4-H Teen Advisory Council Youth, 4-H year in review, service awards and committee nominations.

There will be 20 4-H clubs with booths decorated in the theme of “Volunteers: Sowing the Seeds of Greatness.” The clubs include Liberty Trails, Shamrock, Country Friends, New Rumley, Tri-County Showstoppers, Country Cousins, Green Valley, Freeport Friends, Royal Riders, Kountry Kids, Blue Ribbon General, Crafty Country Kids, Silver Spurs, Germano Community, Horses ‘n’ Such, Cadiz Ranchers, Hopedale Town and Country, Dusty Boots, Stitch and Hitch and a booth for the Cloverbuds. A booth has been set up for 4-H youth in their final year to add their picture to the roster of youth who are departing from 4-H.

Four-H members, advisers and all who knew John Smith, will hold him in memory as they go through their 4-H activities and duties. The longtime member of the New Rumley 4-H Club, fair board member and 2012 outstanding of the day winner with a welding project at the Ohio State Fair will be remembered as a friend with a big heart. Donations for funeral expenses are being accepted at the Koch Funeral Home, P.O. Box 193, Scio, OH 43988.

On Tuesday, there will be motorcross racing by Lightning Raceway at 7 p.m. The Nationwide NASCAR car will be on display from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. Friday and Saturday will include a petting zoo, camel rides and pig races throughout the day.

Friday will have a second tractor pull to go along with the traditional Saturday night feature event.