Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, July 3 newspaper on Page A1.
WELLSTON — The week of the Jackson County Fair always proves to be fun for the entire family — young and old alike — as memories are made throughout the fairgrounds.
The fair this year will begin on Friday, July 12 and runs through Saturday, July 20.
Admission to the county fair will vary depending on the date. Cost from July 12-14 is $5 per person; this increases to $8 from July 15-17 and then to $10 from July 18-20.
The Jackson County Fair’s Midway will once again feature Brinkley Entertainment rides, food vendors and games.
The following highlights are just a sample of what the fair has to offer.
On Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13 there will be Harness Racing starting at 7 p.m. There will be para-mutual wagering as well and drawings each night for prizes.
Sunday, July 14 marks the official opening of the fair, with a ceremony to take place at the Grandstand at 4 p.m. The crowning of the Jr. Fair queen and court will follow. The three finalists are Rylee Zinn, Madison Callahan and Bethany Armstrong. One will be named queen while the other two will serve as attendants. Other royalty will include Nevaeh Hightower, Little Miss; Nolan Collins, Little Mister; Abby Thompson, fourth, fifth and sixth grade attendant; Jasmine Clarkson, seventh and eighth grade attendant; and Elizabeth Fannin, ninth and 10th grade attendant.
The evening will feature Junior Fair Fun Night, the Greased Pig and Chicken Scramble Competition and a concert featuring entertainer Adam Calvert.
Monday, July 15 is “Kids Day” — all children 13 years and under get free admission and rides. Children must be accompanied by an adult to receive free admission. Rides open at 3 p.m.
From 3-6 p.m. there will be Buckeye State Sanctioned Kiddie/Adult Pedal Tractor Pulls at the Grandstand. Registration for this contest starts at 2 p.m.
The evening wraps up with Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association’s Truck and Tractor Pulls.
Tuesday, July 16 has been dubbed “senior citizens day” and seniors age 60 plus get discounted admission with a Golden Buckeye Card or driver’s license.
There will be a senior citizens king and queen contest in the 4-H Building starting at 10 a.m.
In the show ring will be sheep and goats.
The evening entertainment will be the Diamond J. Rodeo at the Grandstand at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17 will feature Monster Truck Racing League as the evening entertainment.
On Thursday, July 18, the evening entertainment will be a live country music concert at the Wesbanco Entertainment Complex. Opening the concert will be Lainey Wilson. The headline entertainment will be rising country star Mitchell Tenpenny.
Friday, July 19 will honor veterans by allowing free admittance with military or VA identification.
The Jr. Fair Showman of Showmen Contest will be at 10 a.m. The Junior Fair Livestock Sale is set for 3 p.m., with a sale order of chickens, turkeys, rabbits, dairy market feeders, steers, hogs, market beef feeders, lambs, and goats.
At the grandstand will be Fast Traxx Motocross.
The final day of the fair, Saturday, July 20, will feature a pretty baby contest at the Bandstand at 9 a.m. The evening entertainment at the Grandstand will be a Jackson County Fair favorite as the Demolition Derby comes to town at 6 p.m.
The Courier will feature extensive coverage of the Jackson County Fair online and in the next few weekly editions. Keep an eye out for photo galleries, show results, livestock sale results and interviews with 4-H’ers.
For more information about the 2019 Jackson County Fair, visit www.jacksoncofair.com.