Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Fair

August 17, 2011 - 5:39pm
3 years 1 week ago

One of the most anticipated attractions at the fair might not be a roller coaster, but it's probably just as loud as one.

Fred Beckert knows how to entertain an audience.  He's been creating masterpieces for 16 years to promote his power equipment business.

"Probably the neatest thing I've carved is a log chain and all the links move," said Beckert.

Beckert carves everything from bears to buckeyes.  He's able to cut out a small chair in just a few...

August 17, 2011 - 5:28pm
3 years 1 week ago

The Muskingum County Fair has a lot of rides to choose from, and inspectors are checking each one to make sure fairgoers stay safe.

Ride inspector Daniel Winland said ride operators are working up to 14 hours each day of the fair.  He said it's important that the operators take their scheduled breaks throughout the day.

"It's mostly important because of the heat, and you have to stay hydrated," said Winland.  "We make sure that they have time to cool off...

August 16, 2011 - 8:04pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

The 165th Muskingum County Fair is something one couple will never forget.

Dan and Kathy Pierce said their "I-Do's" Tuesday night before the Rough Truck Contest at the Grandstand in front of thousands of onlookers.

"A couple months of we were kidding around saying, because we Rough Truck all over the state of Ohio, it's just something we do every weekend on the weekends. And this morning my nephew said, 'Do you wanna do it?' and he made some phone calls...

August 16, 2011 - 3:17pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

While checking out the livestock barns is always a popular activity at the fairgrounds there's some interesting things inside the buildings.

The Junior Fair Building houses over 200 4H projects that range from scrapbooking, to cooking to sewing.

"Those projects are really important because they give the youth that maybe live in the city or don't live on a farm or don't have a place to keep an animal to be involved in learning about their interests as well and gaining those...

August 16, 2011 - 3:10pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

It's a busy day for the 4H members in the sheep barn as the Junior Fair Sheep Show took place Tuesday morning.

4H members prepped for the show by washing down their animals and doing some last minute grooming. Laila Richards showed sheep for the first time at the Muskingum County Fair. She said she wanted to show sheep just to try it out. She took home a blue ribbon for first place. Previously she showed horses.

"A horse you have to take out in a ring and ride, but sheep you...

August 15, 2011 - 5:27pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

Fairgoers usually visit the fairgrounds hungry, but many people don't think about food safety.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department inspects every food stand at the fair.  Public Health Sanitarian Ed Shaffer said the frequency of the inspections depends on the size of the facility and the risk factors of the food being served.

"Throughout the fair, we inspect the 70 or so food stands that are set up throughout the fairgrounds just to make sure that the food...

August 15, 2011 - 5:17pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Fair always draws a big crowd, and with all those people, safety is a top priority.

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office communicates with the Fair Board to determine where security is needed. Sheriff Matt Lutz said it takes about 25 people to secure the fairgrounds.

"We have officers that work the grandstand during concerts, during truck and tractor pulls, during rough trucks, providing security to make sure the crowd stays back," said Lutz.

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August 14, 2011 - 6:39pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

It was a rainy start for the Muskingum County Fair but all the more fitting for their unusual grand-opening.

The Muskingum County Fairgrounds were set to open with its 165th Annual Blue Ribbon Cutting earlier this evening when Fair Board President Darrel Cubbison decided it would be more fitting to honor Soil and Water Retiree Dick Sorg.

"We have a recipe it takes soil, it takes water, and then it takes one more ingredient -kids," said Cubbison. "So we're...

August 11, 2011 - 9:11pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

Preparations are underway for the 165th annual Muskingum County Fair.

President of the Fair Board Darrel Cubbison has deep roots in these fairgrounds - he started showing chickens at age 7.  Cubbison said it's amazing to see the set-up unfold.

"We can set up the things we have on hand now, and then we have some concessionaires come in from other fairs, and you won't believe what happens Saturday night for us to be ready to go by Sunday morning," said Cubbison.

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February 23, 2011 - 12:27pm
3 years 26 weeks ago

The countdown to the Muskingum County Fair is underway. It's just 172 days until fried food, 4H projects and rides.

Wednesday a big announcement came that country music star Rodney Atkins will be the featured entertainment. He's charted seven Top 20 singles with songs like, "Watching You," "It's America" and "Farmer's Daughter". For the fair board there was some pressure to top last year's group, Lady Antebellum.

"It's very difficult to do,...

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