Adams County Fair Memories

Through social media, The People’s Defender asked for memories of times spent at the Adams County Fair. Here are some of the responses that we received.

Andrew McIntireI remember the derby back in the early 90’s when The House of Steel, aka Bill Taylor, put cars over the bank and cleaned house in just a few minutes. It was quite a sight to see.

Marie Palmer– I love the fair, especially the kids showing their projects and visiting the animals have always been my favorites. I think we all loved the pig scramble more than anything. And one of my favorite memories was Sammy Kershaw at the Adams County Fair. There probably isn’t much I don’t like about the fair except the heat, but that is a given.

Ameicko NehusPenny scramble for the kids, not that you can buy even a piece of gum for that now.

Lana Saunders4-H market hog production champion Abbi Taylor.

Matt Grooms- The days when the fair was packed every night of the week. When a fair pass kept you from having to sit in three blocks worth of traffic. Then when in the ride area, the sound system from The Predator was so loud you couldn’t talk to each other, but yet it couldn’t get loud enough. Then if you decided to ride you had to walk through a neighborhood of games to get to the long lines of both The Predator and The Star. You’d stand in line all night and not care. Then you’d spend hours every day walking aimlessly around. It was so crowded you couldn’t walk a few feet of a straight line. Those were the good days. And still now every one talks about those days first. Now most find a reason not to go. It’s boring, the rides are horrible, if there are any. Its so bad, it’s not even worth showing up to the derbies and truck pulls. I really hope something changes. I’d love for my sons to have the fun we had.

John Shelton—My nephew Levi Shelton being the youngest driver to win the demolition derby.

SteveWhite I remember the water fight that always happened at the end of the junior fair sale on the last day of the fair. It always started with water balloons, then it progressed to five gallon buckets, and then the grand finale was the older boys dunking people in the water trough. Also the greatest thing about the fair was and still is making life long friends.

Joy Bickle HilderbrandThe day I was working in the Junior Fair office with my now husband making the Steer weigh in poster. He sang to me for the first time. I will never forget that afternoon.

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