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 Adams 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 The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January

Just look to the calendar

For those who live in Adams County one has only but to look at their calendar and see it is turning to July. In Adams County, July means that the annual County Fair will be in full operation in just a couple weeks and to those who grew up attending the Adams County Fair, expectation and excitement is building. For the past 123 years and only for one week the citizens of the county have an event that can include and in one way or another involve each and every citizen.

When parents take young children to the fair for their first times, look into the faces of those children as they hear the hurdy gurdy music from the midway and around the rides with all their colorful lights and the carnies calling out whatever they are trying to sell. I’m certain the world looks huge, bright and wondrous. To the parents the midway can bring concern as they have been there before and know how much the kids hate the word no. But they all go anyway.

To the youth, the fair brings competition in many ways. From livestock projects to cheerleading contests, each are there to prove what they are entered in they are the best or are going to give it the hardest try. As the youth move into the young adult age and middle aged the competition is not only still there but has grown stronger even though most will deny just how bad they want that blue ribbon or trophy. The fair brings out the challenge and in some ways folks take their prize back to their communities for bragging privileges for another year.

The fair has always been a place for showing things and seeing things and most of all visiting. I have been told by friends that this will be the only time they meet and get to catch up on the year past and the plans for the year ahead. Stop and take a look at the fairgrounds and one will notice how the terrain raises in the center some and rolls up and down in much the same way as Adams County itself. It seems like the county has been scaled down so there is an immediate feel of familiarity. Why not? This is Adams County’s fair isn’t it? It is there and in July of the year it is open to all to attend and enjoy. With so much to see and do a person should find something, if not just visiting, to do.

Last but not least of all are the seniors of the area. They have attended for many years and now look back and reflect on when they first saw the midway and smelled funnel cakes, pork tender loins and cotton candy and maybe a serving of the greasiest best tasting French fries only the fair can deliver. They probably think of when they were younger and entered different events and competitions trying to show they were the best. Now they walk, look and listen to the fair, and think back and also wish they had done more at the fair and just done more so their memory is a little fuller.

So when the gates open, pencil in a time on the calendar to go the fair and enjoy the 125th year that Adams County felt it important enough to hold for its’ citizens. A person never knows who they might see. Who knows, you might see me!

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