142nd county fair opens

SMITHFIELD – Debbie Hukill made it a point to refer to this year’s theme, “Where Dreams are Made,” while speaking at Monday’s opening ceremonies of the 142nd Jefferson County Fair.

Hukill, treasurer of the county’s agricultural society, said that while the young people whose projects will be judged this week may dream of winning blue ribbons, others will remember how they acted while trying to achieve their goals.

Linda Daily, secretary, served as mistress of ceremonies for the ceremonies, which were held at the Rozsa Pavilion.

Sheriff Fred Abdalla recognized Betty Hasley, who served as fair office clerk for about 30 years, working with her husband, Gerald, the fair board secretary, who had died this year. He gave special praise to the Jefferson County Veterans Association whose members conducted a flag-raising ceremony at the Fort Friendship Museum and at the gazebo area during opening ceremonies.

A ribbon cutting was held with Gil Boring, who will be the grand marshal for the 2013 parade, doing the honors. He was a 4-H member, adviser and member of the fair board in years past and was given a standing ovation when announced.

The crowning of the 2013 junior king and queen and prince and princess was held, with Kathryn Whinnery crowned queen. She is the daughter of Robert and Vickie Whinnery of Adena and an eight-year member of the Windy Ridge 4-H Club. She has represented Jefferson County at the Ohio State Fair each year and earned several awards. She is a member of Junior Leaders and a five-year member of the junior fair board. As a senior, she carried a 4.15 grade-point average and is second in her class at St. Clairsville High School.

Isaac Foldi was named king. He is the son of Larry and Veronica Foldi of Bloomingdale. A two-year member of the Country Classics 4-H Club, he has participated locally and at many state competitions with the equine team. He served as Indian Creek field commander and was instrumental in getting an invocation re-established as part of his high school graduation. He plans to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine.

Hunter Johnson, princess, is the daughter of D’Wayne and Leslie Johnson of Rayland and is a member of the Free Spirits 4-H Club She has attained most outstanding horse and goat exhibit for many years and was named most outstanding junior 4-H’er. She received the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Matthew Rector, prince, is the son of Jim and Denise Rector of Harrisville and is a member of Windy Ridge 4-H. This is his second year to serve as prince. His projects included basic archery, market goat and market hog this year. He is in the eighth grade at Buckeye Local Junior High School.

Another honor of the evening saw two farms in the county receive 200-year distinctions. The Kithcart farm was founded in 1808 and Lee and Carl Kithcart, who operate the farm at present, as well as Alice Harmon, their sister, and Gary Harmon, Jim Harmon and Cole Harmon accepted the certificate from Howard Wise, assistant director of agriculture.

The Swickard farm was founded in 1807. Accepting the certificate were William Michael Swickard, Michael William Swickard and Pamela Joy Swickard. Michael A. Vartorella, director of fairs, made the presentation. The distinction is made to farms that have been in the same family line throughout the years.

James Wood sang the national anthem, and Commissioner Tom Graham sang “God Bless the USA.” Tim Walters, fair board director, sang “Thank God for Kids.”

Judging took place today for the arts and crafts and canning entries. Youth in the under age 8 category had many entries in the “plant a flower” and Mr. Potato Head categories.

The fair premium book had the hand-drawn winning entry on the cover made by Leigha Pasco, a Boots ‘n’ Britches 4-H Club member.

Bike Night will be observed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, with wheel to wheel racing at the grand stand at 7 p.m. The Joseph Sisters will perform at the Rozsa Pavilion from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The toy farm equipment display will continue on Wednesday and through the week. The cheerleading competition registration will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, with the competition to start at 5 p.m. And Matthew Van Fossen will be at the grandstand at 8:30 p.m.

The threshing demonstration will be held each day at 2 pm. and 6 p.m. at the north field, and the Kroger cookie decorating contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Wednesday at the Rozsa Pavilion.

The fair continues at the fairgrounds at Friendship Park through Sunday.