Harrison Fair animals, race car draw crowd

CADIZ – The Nationwide NASCAR car positioned on the Harrison County Fair midway on Thursday caught the attention of racing fans and other fair attendees.

The blue 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is one in a series of three promotional cars of Nationwide, and Marty Whicker said he drove it to Harrison County from North Carolina to be on display.

Another feature was a driving in a simulator that was set up outside of the glass enclosed car for those to try their skills at high speed driving.

“The car has been traveling all over the country for festivals, fairs and races,” Whicker said.

The Animal Enterprises petting zoo and pig races brought a crowd as well. Children were buying animal food in glass dispensers to feed to young llamas, camel, goats, a turtle and other animals.

Also as part of the Animal Enterprises display were rides on the back of a grown camel, with a stage used to help climb on the camel for the ride.

There was a starting gate for four piglets in each race, with names like Arnold Swartenhogger, Albert Swinestein, Sponge Bob Squeal Pants and Kermit the Hog.

The racers wore pink or blue numbered jackets to determine the winner. The music started and the four scampered around the circular track. The big allure to getting around the track was a packet of Oreo cookies.

The final race was between pink clad females and blue clad males. The announcer said that in 563 races, the males had been the winner. But this time a pink lady won.

Gift baskets with Ohio State University items, a kitten basket, cooking basket, Fourth of July baskets and a gardening basket were on exhibit in a Chinese auction. Bids will be taken until 9 p.m. Friday.

A truck and tractor pull will be held at 6 p.m. today, one of two scheduled for the fair. The other will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Children ages 4-12 can participate in a pedal tractor pull at the midway entertainment tent at 4 p.m. Saturday.The sanctioned tractor pull will qualify the top three girls and the top three boys in each age division. All participants will receive ribbons. There is no entry fee.

There also will be an adult fun class following the children’s competition. The entry fee is $5, and it’s sponsored by the Harrison County Farm Bureau.

Safety Day will be sponsored by the Farm Bureau, Harrison Soil and Water and AEP at 1 p.m. Saturday. Signups start at 12:30 p.m. at the gazebo.

The fair continues through Saturday evening.