Rides, lights, animals, candy apples and tons of family fun. Rushing about among all of the fair attractions, are herds of teenagers hanging out to socialize before going back to school; 4-Hers; and families bring the kids out for kiddie rides and games.
Kaylee Baldridge, 15, of Lucasville, explained that she and friend Bailey Weaver, 15, of Portsmouth, met at the fair after a long few days of band camp. Both explained that Wednesday was their first day at the fair. Many teens that said in years past, they would normally visit the fair everyday. However, with the price increase in this year’s ticket sales may have been a deterrent to the daily visits, saying their parents just could not afford to send them everyday.
Baldridge said she arrived at the fair at noon and was mostly enjoying the food. She and Weaver said they enjoyed fair rides but were mostly excited about the food.
“We rode the ferris wheel,” Baldridge stated.
“I came to hang out with friends,” Weaver added. “I just like to get out of the house.”
Jo Quillen,of Minford, explained that she and her daughter had the real fair experience, showing 4-H animals and trying to enjoy the fair.
“We have feed cows, so we’ve been sweating with them and riding,” the mom stated as her daughter explained that the food is her favorite part.
Aubrey Quillen, 9, said that of all the rides, the swings are her favorite.
“I like heights,” the young thrill seeker commented.
She also added that she loves caramel apples.
There is still a variety of entertainment remaining for the last three days of the week.
Only two 4-H shows are set for Thursday – the flower show at 11 a.m. and the beef market and breeding show at 6 p.m. This allows 4-Hers more time to enjoy Thursday’s entertainment because Thursday is the day the circus comes to town. Circus Continental will begin performing at 2 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.
Dairy cattle shows will start the 4-H experience on Friday at 9 a.m. along with the Western horse show, which will begin at the same time. Cloverbud interviews will take place Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open dairy show will begin at noon, and the showman of showmen contest will close out Friday’s shows at 6 p.m. Then, at 8 p.m.. the Charlie Daniels Band will return to the stage to entertain the crowd as he tells the tale of the time the “devil went down to Georgia.”
The junior fair livestock sales will bring the 4-H competitions to end on Saturday. Sales will include beef, poultry, goats, swine, rabbits and sheep. The sale will be at 11 a.m. Then, a second day of car crashing fun will bring the 2017 Scioto County Fair to an end with the Cavalcade of Thrill Demolition Derby at 5 p.m.
Daily admission to the Scioto County Fair is $10, which includes all grandstand shows, rides by Michael’s Amusements and free health tests. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Rides will begin daily at noon. All active duty armed services members will be admitted free with official identification. For Friday senior day, everyone over 60 will be admitted for $3.
For more information, visit http://www.sciotocountyfair.org.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.