If you have ever watched the sport of harness racing you may think to yourself that it is an easy thing to do. I'm here to tell you that is far from the case.
At the Muskingum County Fair the drivers, trainers, and the horses all work very hard at their craft to bring excitement and fun to the fair. As part of the harness racing festivities on the first day of the fair, there was a celebrity race between myself, Brandon Hannahs of the Zanesville Times Recorder, and Rick Sabine of WYBZ...
The Muskingum County Blue Ribbon Fair, which takes months to plan, opens this Sunday. Vendors were setting up their booths Friday morning and some have even been setting a week in advance.
"We set tents Tuesday. Our rides was in here Monday and they're pretty well set," said Secretary Concession Manager, Dave Guinsler. "We've got a few more to come in. Overnight Saturday night, there will be a lot of our food and game people coming in here from other fairs."
One grocery chain is using their day at the fair to help a local organization.
Wednesday, August 14 is Kroger Day at the Muskingum County Fair. Those that bring a 14.5 or 15.5 ounce can of Kroger brand corn, green beans, mixed vegetables or peas between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. will get in free.
All the canned goods collected will go to Christ's Table.
"We have helped Christ's Table for quite some time. We give daily donations to them and also knowing the needs for all...
Of all the exhibits at the fair one is equal parts danger and art.
Kirby Stanforth has been wielding his chainsaw and turning stumps into art for the last thirteen years. He picked up wood carving pretty easily, all it took was a few hours a day to perfect his skills.
"Got off work early so I had a couple hours every evening so I just went out and worked at it and several months later I was able to carve," said Stanforth.
Showing animals is a family tradition at the Muskingum County Fair.
People paraded their sheep around the arena with the hope of winning a blue ribbon. Wade Sauerbrey and his son Caden brought their hampshire sheep and a cross-bred ewe to the show.
"Eight years ago we bought two cross-bred ewes for the boys to start with, so that's how we started with sheep," said Wade. "As he got older, we wanted him to show registered sheep, so we got some hampshire...