Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Fair

August 18, 2011 - 9:58pm
4 years 48 weeks ago

It was all about America at the Rodney Atkins concert Thursday night at the Muskingum County Fair.  After taking a moment to honor our service men and women, Atkins kicked off the show with his hit song "It's America".

The grandstand was packed with fans who couldn't wait to hear Atkins promote his new album.  Jordan Knight said his favorite song is "Watching You".

"His music style is real good," said Knight.  "I like the fast...

August 18, 2011 - 5:52pm
4 years 48 weeks ago

Rodney Atkins isn't the only act in town.  The circus is bringing old fashioned fun to the Muskingum County Fair.

Circus Host Melody Ramirez said the show features clowns, all kinds of animals and trapeze artists who fly through the air without nets to catch them.

"My favorite part is the cheering and seeing the people's reactions on their faces," said Ramirez.  "Kids always tell the truth, so they'll let you know if they like it or not.  We've been...

August 17, 2011 - 5:39pm
4 years 49 weeks 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
4 years 49 weeks 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
4 years 49 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
4 years 49 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
4 years 49 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
4 years 49 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
4 years 49 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.

August 14, 2011 - 6:39pm
4 years 49 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...

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