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.
The hustle and bustle around the Muskingum County Fairgrounds is now reduced to an empty lot. The 164th blue ribbon fair wrapped up last night.
The Fair Board says pretty soon, you won't even recognize that the week-long event was even there.
"It takes about two days to get it cleaned up, and then of course we have a lot of trailers moving and getting the things out of the buildings, it keeps us busy," says Bill Again, V.P. of the Fair Board.
Public Officials say safety is a high priority at the Muskingum County Fair.
The Fair Board plans in advance all security provisions at the fair. Depending on the day, there can be between two and fifteen deputies on staff at a time.
"Just depends on what's going on, through the day were a little lighter staff wise because we don't have as much going on, then as the evening goes we have people coming in to work our Midway," said Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz...
Members from the 4H Club and local farmers will be competing at this year's fair.
Sheep owners from all over the area have been preparing in hopes of winning a blue ribbon.
"You have to feed them and have them in good condition and you either wash them or trim the wool so it looks nice and flat and it makes them look as square as possible," said Fannie Brill, who is competing in the sheep show.
Judges will factor in a number of the sheep's qualities to...
With many traveling to the Muskingum County Fair this week, making parking spots available can be quite the challenge.
Plenty of planning and preparation has gone into organizing parking for the public.
"We have to go through and count how many spaces we have find where, how many cars we could put in a certain place and like I said we have to get them in as close as possible to get as many cars in as possible," says Tabitha, Parking Attendant.