Defender celebrates 150th year of publication John E Thomas Junior Fair Beef BBQ is Sept. 1 Adams County teachers attend SSCC Chemistry Workshop Adams County Safe Community Coalition’s goal is to end drunk driving Fultons celebrate 50 years of marriage Winchester Homecoming launches county festival season Young Lady Indians looking for successful 2016 Lady Dragons take first in county golf tri-match Marine Corps holds annual 5K Run at Wheat Ridge SHAC holds 2016 Soccer Preview Kaiden Spratt Steve Gibson Margaret J Lute Joshua D Grooms Priscilla Nixon Lady Devils on hunt for another gold ball Donald E Shiveley Mary S McDaniel Wayne Austin Roy L Grooms SENIOR PROFILE: Maddie Toole County Cup again belongs to West Union, four Dragons are All-County golfers North Adams plays host to annual SHAC Volleyball Preview Night Lady Dragons top Eastern, two others in quad match Is there cause for concern? We peeked at a solar eclipse Junior Deputy Boot Camp promotes drug prevention Caraway colleagues say farewell Jayce CJ Bradford Jimmy L Miller Derek Blevins Mildred Hanson Patty Boldman Statement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader Charles E Hayslip OVCTC Yearbook Class makes history, and it took a village Geneva Boone Archaeology Day coming to Serpent Mound Local firefighter laid to rest Wayne Township and Manchester join OhioCheckbook.com River Days hosts Baby Show ROCK hosts Spelling Bee as part of Manchester River Days Local business sells big lottery winner The first brick grill…almost Another one bites the dust West Union, North Adams golfers open 2016 season With lots of numbers, Peebles boys soccer looks to pick up the tempo Benintendi settles in with the Red Sox An Umpire’s Perspective on Coach Behavior Thanks to NFL, Freedom Field will be a lot brighter for fans Manchester ‘C’ girls finish season undefeated Under new head coach, Lady Hounds looking to compete in SHAC race Dragons blank Indians in pre-season soccer scrimmage River Days celebration include Saturday morning 5K race Lady Indians part of three-day pre-season volleyball camp ACCC hosts Junior League Club Championship on Aug. 4 Martha L Marsden John H. Brodt Timothy E. Mahon Tanya Richendollar Herman notches hole-in-one at Kenton Station course Despite low numbers, Lady Dragons optimistic about 2016 volleyball season Manchester celebrates 225 years with River Days fun in the village American Legion Post installs Flag Retirement Drop Box Cowboy Copas concert is Aug. 20 CTC adopts professional dress code Pamela Dunson Lady Devils soccer looking to continue recent success in 2016 Marine Corps 5K is set for Aug. 20 Pitch counts will be instituted for the 2017 high school baseball season Not sure what to think now Church 180 hosts Junior Deputy Boot Camp Commissioner Caraway resigns position, effective Aug. 8 Andrew Nemenz Billy D Purtee 2016 Adams County Fair Results There really is a fifth season Ohio Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend Manchester hosting River Days this weekend Doug Frost BREAKING NEWS: Commissioner Caraway leaving position P.T. Reptile Show brings exotic animals to kids at local libraries Observing over four decades of family tradition and community service Dancing away another All-Star afternoon Megan Dalessandro Billie R Evans Deputies raid marijuana grow operation An unwelcome visitor in the county “I had so much fun” Caraway honored to be part of 2016 RNC All Stars shine on a hot Saturday in West Union Livestock Sale checks available for pick-up Peebles finishes second on Hillsboro Softball Tournament Are you getting enough exercise? 2016 Plat Book now available at OSU Extension Office Eleven Local Youth qualify for Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show Bengals open 2016 Training Camp on Friday Peebles Sons of American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary hold July 16 Gold Scramble Spriggs is recipient of SEDAB Scholarship
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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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