Perry County Fair Kicks Off

by Erika Brooks on July 16, 2012 at 6:31 am

The Perry County Fair is officially underway.

There are carnival rides, games and lots of fried food. But for many the county fair is the time to show off your hard work and dedication to your 4-H club. For some this isn’t the only show they go to all summer, and for others it is the biggest.

"I go to open shows. Those are mini fairs, so you just show in those and then come here. This is the end of the year for us," said Calvin Swartz, a member of the Country Roads 4-H Club. 

For those showing market animals, the livestock auction can offer a good payout. Due in large part to the supporters of the 4-H clubs.

"We’ve always been a supporter of 4-H and FFA, like I said we buy the kid’s market animals. And the kids, I think they just appreciate having something close when they’re in here taking care of animals and stuff that they can come in and get a drink real quick or something to snack on," said Misty Bashore, National Farmers Organization member.

The fair isn’t only for those interested in seeing the animals or enjoying the rides. Boy and Girl Scouts showcase their events from the year in booths across the fairgrounds. Judging takes place every day on vegetables, flowers, even art. For those interested in Ohio history, an entire building is dedicated to just that.

"This year our theme was Civil War artifacts, this is our display of stuff we have brought in, we have some really neat things," said John McGaughey, President, Perry County Historical Society.

There is truly something for everyone, and all very family friendly. Every night different entertainment like tractor pulls, demolition derbies and motorcross will hit the main arena. The fair will conclude Saturday, July 21st.