Washington County Fair Brings Fun | News, Sports, Jobs
By AMY PHELPS and MADELINE SCARBOROUGH
MARIETTA – After a simplified version last year due to COVID, the Washington County Fair has returned with a full list of fun family activities, sights and sounds over the weekend.
Saturday’s festivities kicked off with the annual Fair Parade, in which a variety of local groups, organizations and trucks walked a parade route that began on Ohio and Third Streets and continued through to Washington County Fairgrounds, throwing candy at kids along the way. Walker’s Bailey Slaughbaugh, W.Va., and her mother had traveled to Marietta specifically to watch the parade and to have her pick up candy on Saturday morning.
From Saturday to today, the fair has scheduled several shows every hour from noon to 4 p.m. to entertain the family, including Eli’s Magic, a young magician doing light tricks for the crowd, and Mr. Puppet, a puppet. and ventriloquist. act, at the tent outside the Junior Fair building. There is also a petting zoo with all kinds of animals, including a miniature horse, donkey, sheep, goats and more.
An important aspect of the fair included the judging of the animals – which runs from Saturday to Monday, culminating with the sale of cattle at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, as well as the judging of the flowers and house arts.
“It’s always nice to come to the fair”, said Suzy Parker, who was one of the flower judges on Saturday. She has been a member of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs since 1976 and is its past president. “There are so many beautiful displays and creative designers. “
Two sweets-related contests – a cake tasting competition, held at 1 p.m. Saturday until today, and a youth cake decorating competition held on Saturday evening.
In the inaugural cake tasting competition on Saturday, Olivia Vessels beat 7 other contestants to win the trophy. Sponsored by the Soaring Eagles 4-H Club with a cake provided by Village Cakery, participants had just a few minutes to eat the entire cake from their container, without using their hands.
The Youth Cake Decorating Competition had 6 participants from various age groups competing for prizes donated by Pampered Chef and Jo Ann Fabrics. Jeremy Barth, manager of Jeremiah’s Coffee House, cake decorator and 4-H advisor, served as the judge for the competition, choosing the best decorated cupcake from the Under 8 group, and the best decorated traditional cake from the 8-12, 13-15 and age group 16-18, with decorating themes ranging from mermaid, seaside, owl, shaped turtle and flowers. In the cupcake category, 1st place went to Adalyn Seaman and 2nd to the youngest competitor, Kenna Roush. In the 8-12 category, 1st place went to Therese Schmidt with her owl-themed cake and 2nd to Kaydence Roush with her seaside cake. In the 13-15 category, Aubrey McKenzie saw her 1st shaped turtle cake and in the 16-18 age group, Felicity Schmidt had her 1st floral cake.
The grandstand hosted at Tracteur Pull on Saturday night, a rodeo on Sunday night, and will have a tribute band tonight at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Although Sunday was rainy all day, the crowds still showed up.
Families and community members crowded into the barns to support the 4-H rabbit and goat shows, kids entered contests, enjoyed shows, went on rides and played games.
Numerous prizes were also awarded throughout the day.
“This is my first year sewing a 4-H project,” said Gracie Morris, who was able to show off her outfit on Sunday afternoon on the Style Show.
Morris, who made a skirt, was able to represent the Washington County Fair in state competitions for 4-H projects, and at the fair Sunday, received the “Excellent sewing” award sponsored by Joanns Fabric.
The prizes for the projects and the breeding were all presented to the children by members of the Junior Fair Royalty.
“One of our duties as fair royalty is to deliver fair prices”, said Fair Princess Julia Hartline, who is also a member of 4-H. “This is my favorite part, because I know these kids and I know how hard they worked, so not only being there but being able to personally present these awards to them is like a big sister’s proud moment. “
This morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the 4-H Pancake Flippin ‘Lunch Show will be held at the Junior Fair Building, with donations accepted for the 4-H program.
Visit www.washingtoncountyfair.com/schedule for more information on the events taking place today.
Admission to the fair is $ 10, which includes rides and shows.
¯ 8 am-10am: 4-H Pancake Flippin ‘Breakfast and Show
¯ 9 a.m .: DFS Showmanship / Market Show
10am: Tractor Tug; Make, make crafts; Horse judging competition
Noon: opening halfway; GC Productions (entertainment); Magic of Eli; Showmanship dairy
¯ 1 p.m .: Dairy farming fair; Mr. Puppet; Cake Eater Contest
¯ 1 pm-3pm: Cloverbud activities
¯ 1 p.m.-7 p.m .: Election of the directors of the Fair Board
¯ 1:30 p.m .: Horse races
¯ 2 p.m .: Magic of Eli; Rebound horse relay
¯ 3 p.m .: Coin Hunt (12 years old and under); Mr. Puppet; Evan Cunningham (entertainment); Lego Robotics Demo
¯ 3:30 p.m .: Fat pig competition
¯ 4 p.m .: Magic of Eli
¯ 5 p.m .: Hypnotist; One night to shine
¯ 5 pm-6pm: Midway closed for inspection
¯ 6 p.m .: 1988 Tribute Band (entertainment); Mr. Puppet
¯ 6 pm-9pm: $ 1 Skateboarding Night
¯ 6.30 p.m .: Poster / Skillathon winners
¯ 7 p.m .: Hypnotist; General presentation
¯ 9 p.m .: Hypnotist
¯ 9:30 p.m .: Fireworks
¯ 11 p.m .: Closed halfway
¯ 3 p.m.: Welcoming buyers
¯ 4 p.m .: Midway opens; Jr. Fair Livestock Sale (Sales order: market steers, goats, turkeys, lambs, chickens, DFS, rabbits)
¯ 6 p.m .: Buckeye Travelers (animation)
¯ 7 p.m. Demonstration Derby
¯ 8 p.m.-10 p.m .: Dismantling of the stand
¯ 11 p.m .: Closed halfway