LUCASVILLE — Ensuring that the Scioto County Fair is a safe and enjoyable experience for all who attend is a priority for the Scioto Fair board of directors. The 120th Scioto County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds in Lucasville Aug. 8-13.
Darren Gahm, one of 24 Scioto County Fair board directors, said they always expect the fair to be both fun and safe.
“We always expect to have a fun and safe fair,” Gahm said. “You can’t prevent some things, some things just happen, and we deal with them in the best way that we can, and I don’t believe that we have had any major problems for years. You may have a few break downs on rides, but that is typical. You can’t predict that, its like driving a car.”
Deputies from the Scioto Sheriff’s Department and troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be present, and on duty during the fair.
“The Sheriff’s Department will be there again this year,” Gahm said. “The sheriff’s department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol still have booths at the main gate, and as far as I know they will both be here.”
Rides will be provided by Michael’s Amusements, and preparation is going well, according to Gahm.
“Michael’s Amusement will be providing the rides again this year. They have it for years,” Gahm said. “Everything is set up good. We are touching up the paint, trimming trees and we are doing everything that we normal do to get ready for the fair, and everything is going well. The buildings are getting full of mercantile people and displays are all good. It should be a great fair.”
The 5-6 p.m. break, which will include a shut down of the rides, will be utilized again this year.
“We implemented the 5 to 6 break, where the rides shut down from 5 to 6 p.m., so they they can inspect the rides, and check them. I believe we started that a year or two ago. We implemented this so that the ride company would be able to come through and look at the rides, let the ride workers get a break, and get something to eat, so it is for a dual purpose,” Gahm said.
The ride, ‘Vertigo’ is coming back by popular demand, according to Gahm.
“They will be setting up this week, even though our fair is not until two weeks from now. The Vertigo is supposed to be coming back and it was a really popular ride,” Gahm said. “I talked with someone last week, who told me that they would be bringing it back, so the kids will be really excited about that, and give them something to look forward to.”
Youth from the Scioto County Juvenile Court will be coming to help with set up and clean up at the fair.
“They set up the hog deck, then they do clean up for us every morning,” Gahm said. “Juveniles from what used to be Judge Kirsch, and now it is Judge Lemons’ office I believe will be coming. They do a lot of work here, and are a tremendous help with both set up and clean up.”
Ron Pendleton, chief probation officer of the Scioto County courts, said they have brought youth from the court system to help with set up of livestock pens on the fairgrounds for many years.
“We have already done the set up work. We send juveniles that were either given community service, or it some that were placed on probation and given community service went out,” Pendleton said. “I believe it was about 14 kids altogether that went out there and they set up all of the live stock pens up this year. I feel that is one thing that we can do with community service and give back to the community in setting up all of these pens, and it is hard work. It is not easy, and it happened to be on a pretty hot day, and we have done this for years.
Pendleton said they are willing to help the Scioto County Fair board in any way possible.
“We also go out and clean up the fair, and we try to get there around 7:30 in the morning, and we try to go through the whole fairgrounds and pick up trash,” Pendleton said. “Also before the livestock shows, we try to get it all cleaned up early because the show usually start by 8 o’clock, and we try to get in there and clean up, and we wipe down bleachers, and do anything that the fair board needs help with. We also usually do all of the trash that is around in the back of the livestock grounds.”
With the absence of rain, Gahm said they will have a great fair season this year.
“Everything should go well as long as Mother Nature cooperates,” Gahm said. “That is always a big thing that we can’t control, so we pray for good weather.”
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