By Ryan Ottney
December 15, 2013
Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Ohio Department of Agriculture this week announced its schedule of 2014 county fairs, which begins with the Paulding County Fair on June 10-15 and concludes with the Fairfield County Fair on Oct. 6-12. The Scioto County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 5-10.
According to records, the first fair in Scioto County was held in 1828 by the Agricultural & Horticultural Society.
There were numerous fairs in the county through the years. The first Scioto County Agricultural Society was organized Oct. 4, 1839. The first Mt. Joy Fair was sponsored by the Farm Institute, Aug. 26-27, 1895. In 1896 a Tri-County Fair, believed to include Scioto, Adams and Pike Counties was held at Mt. Joy. Traces of the old fairgrounds are still visible on the Mt. Joy Fair site. The Mt. Joy Fair was reorganized in 1899 as the Scioto County Agricultural Society.
In 1900 a fair was held at Dugan’s Grove, the site of the present Lucasville fairgrounds under the name of Scioto Valley Fair. In 1906 the fair was under the auspices of Scioto County Fair Co. Portsmouth also had a fair sponsored by the Portsmouth Driving Association. The fairgrounds, cast of Offnere St. and North of 10th St. were flooded in 1907.
In 1908 the three fairs — Mt. Joy, Portsmouth and Lucasville — merged under the name of Scioto County Agricultural Society and conducted the fair at Lucasville.
The complete 2014 fair schedule includes 94 county and independent fairs, and the Ohio State Fair. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of fair amusement rides, monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition and coordinating animal health efforts with local veterinarians.
For a complete schedule, visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website at www.agri.ohio.gov.
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