David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards

More improvements at the fairgrounds

The Floral Hall has been redesigned in time for the opening of the 2015 Adams County Fair.

Renovations to the Floral Hall will greet visitors to the 2015 Adams County Fair.

Many of the renovations tothe Floral Hall were due to the hard work of the Adams County Beef and More 4H Club.

The 124th Adams County Fair is fast approaching and this week the focus is on The Floral Hall and The Merchant’s Hall. The Floral Hall has been redesigned to showcase new items such as Floral Arrangements, Organics, Sauces, Honey, Beeswax, Maple Syrup, and Sorghum Molasses. A variety of items have been added to the Culinary categories, including Youth. Some items have been completely taken out of The FloraI Hall such as “Christmas in July” and the “Scarecrows”. The Floral Hall has a new Hall Secretary, Susan May, and the Directors are Tonya Kersey, Chairman, Liz Lafferty and Laura Rogers.

Judges will be professional people with backgrounds in each of the designated divisions. There is a Chef, Herb Guild Members, Photographers, Artists, an Illustrator, and other people from the Arts Council and Home Economics to fairly judge all the entries.

The Adams County Beef and More 4H Club painted the entire interior of The Floral Hall as their Community Service Project to update the space from the traditional white to an exciting, warm-toned space that will showcase beautiful quilts, photography, arts and crafts, fine arts, canned goods, floral arrangements, and much more.

The Fair Book is out in the community and the Entry Form and all the categories for The Floral Hall can be found on pages 44-52 and page 120. Close attention should be paid to when the items need to be in place this year. Times have changed, premiums have been increased, and pick up times have been extended to Saturday night since the Adams County Agricultural Society is focusing on making Saturday the biggest day of the Fair.

Families may only be able to come to the fair on their day off, which is Saturday and there needs to be exhibits still at the fair, animals still at the fair, and entertainment and merchants still at the fair. This year, Saturday will be a huge day at the Adams County Fair with Wrestling, Barnyard Olympics, rides, the Noah Smith Concert, and the Demolition Derby. Merchants and Vendors are asked to stay set up through the end of the Fair, which is 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

If you are interested in a space in the Merchant’s Hall, it is $100 for an entire week of advertising your business, promoting your organization, meet and greet, selling your unique merchandise, etc. You can’t find that kind of price anywhere for an entire week. There are many new vendors scheduled for the Merchant’s Hall this year and if you are interested, you must contact Darlene Anderson or Amanda Smart before July 1. Merchant Hall booths need to be in place by 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 12 and stay in place until close of the fair at 11 p.m. on July 1h. Change is sometimes hard on people that are set in their ways, but big changes are happening, and The Adams County Agricultural Society wants you to be a part of the excitement, not apart from the excitement. See you at the Fair!

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