Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy”

Weather can’t stop fair

Despite the weather not fully cooperating last week, Adams County Fair Board Director Liz Lafferty believes this year’s fair was a big success.

“I think it was very successful considering our daily tsunami as I called it,” Lafferty said. “I kept thinking, ‘How much more can we take?’ But we still did well despite not having the ability to park on the grounds for a few days.”

Rain kept some patrons away during the week but Lafferty said the increased cost of entering the fair this year meant more money was made than the year before.

“We finished ahead money wise,” Lafferty said. “I think we were actually down in attendance but we increased the gate price by $2 this year so that’s why I think we ended up with more money over last year.”

The fair had to scramble to find a way to literally get people to the gate this year after heavy rains turned many of the parking lots on the fairgrounds to mud pits. Patrons had to be shuttled in from various locations in West Union but Lafferty said the response to the shuttles was very positive.

“People really loved them,” Lafferty said. “They thought it was really great to be able to park at the hospital or wherever, get on and get taken to the fair and not have to worry about parking at the fair. We’ve never needed [the shuttles] before but I think that might be a really good thing [for the future].

Attractions were a big draw to this year’s fair, according to Lafferty, as concerts and events at the race track were scheduled for every night of the fair.

“The dirt track was booked every night and the center ring was also booked every night,” Lafferty said. “You just have to have something going on in every area for everyone because not everyone likes the same thing.”

In addition to the events each night, more than double the rides from last year were at the fair this year.

“We had 13 rides this year,” Lafferty said. “We haven’t had 13 rides in how many years? Many. Last year I think we only had six.”

Despite the weather, only a handful of events had to be moved or cancelled.

“We moved the cheerleading competition to Manchester High School on Monday which was so packed we could hardly fit even one more person in that gym,” Lafferty said. “There was also [the band] Finding Favour who we thought were going to be a huge concert and we begged them to stay but they used their rain option. Had we had perfect weather who knows what records we could’ve brokne?”

Numerous renovations and improvements to many of the buildings at the fairgrounds were made this past year and Lafferty said they all held up very nicely, however there’s still more work to be done to other buildings at the fairgrounds.

“The Floral Hall was completely redesigned inside and painted and a huge part of the grandstand was repaired and will be completely redone by next year,” Lafferty said. “The Merchants Hall was painted, there’s an entire new end on the horse barn and the paging booth returned and was very popular. People really loved that this year.”

In addition to the grandstands, a few of the halls are still in need of repainting according to Lafferty, including the chicken barn, the rabbit barn and the maintenance building. A new roof is planned for the hog barn as well.

Animal shows were packed every night in the show arena with many people unable to find a seat. Lafferty described this year’s livestock shows at “huge.”

“We’ve tried to incorporate a peewee show from ages three to eight with peewee swine classes and we added goats this year on Wednesday and Thursday morning and you talk about packing the house. There were parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles – it was packed. If we can get them in there that early in the morning and then they stay to me it was a total success.”

While all is calm at the fair for the moment, the Fair Board plans to begin looking at attractions for the 2016 fair as early as September and the board plans to go through all the suggestions left in suggestion boxes all around the fairgrounds during their next meeting on Aug. 6.

The team from North Adams High School celebrates their victory in the fourth annual Barnyard Olympics, held on Saturday night at the Adams County Fair.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair1.jpgThe team from North Adams High School celebrates their victory in the fourth annual Barnyard Olympics, held on Saturday night at the Adams County Fair.

A county fair is for young and old as this young lady prepares to be part of one of the horse shows.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair2.jpgA county fair is for young and old as this young lady prepares to be part of one of the horse shows.

A large part of the activity at the fair centered around the junior show arena, where young people showed the animals that they have spent countless hours working with.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair3.jpgA large part of the activity at the fair centered around the junior show arena, where young people showed the animals that they have spent countless hours working with.

A large collection of rides filled the midway at the 2015 Adams County Fair as this family enjoyed their spin.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fair4.jpgA large collection of rides filled the midway at the 2015 Adams County Fair as this family enjoyed their spin.

By Charles Grove

cgrove@civitasmedia.com

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