“When you have grandchildren in town and a circus at the same time, and the price is just six bucks, you can't not show up,” he said.
In town visiting their grandfather were Dylan Rister, who will be 8 in September, and Hailey Rister, 10, of Lancaster. Dylan Rister was headed for a ride on the elephant when time ran out.
“We have to wait until three to get another chance to ride, but we're gonna do it,” said Dylan Rister. Hailey Rister just couldn't make up her mind as to what she wanted to see most.
“I just want to see everything in the circus,” she said.
Brandon Queen, 8, of Minford, didn't have a preference, either.
“I just want to see the whole show, so there's not one thing that I came to see,” he said. Brandon's brother, Olen Queen, had just gotten off the elephant. “It was really fun and not scary at all,” said Olen.
The general consensus among the young fans was that they had come to see the tigers. Adam Burck, of the Continental Circus, entered the ring, soon accompanied by four Bengal tigers and three white Bengal tigers, and put them through their paces to the delight of fans like Levi Murphy, 4, of Wheelersburg, and Kimberly Lester, 7, who came specifically to see the tigers.
The second-most popular animal in the show according to the pre-show's unscientific poll was the elephant. Elephants were in abundance and drew the attention of Jonathan Lester, 5, of Portsmouth and Taylor Mershon, 7, also of Portsmouth.
Isaac Horner, age 3, was one of the lucky youngsters who got to ride an elephant and came away all smiles.
The fair concludes on Saturday, with the annual demolition derby at 5 p.m. highlighting the day's events.