CADIZ - With summer having arrived on on Friday, the days of county fairs can't be too far off.
A Harrison County Junior Fair Day will be held July 1 in preparation for the 166th event that will begin July 2. This is when a queen will be crowned and 4-H members who have worked for months on still projects and livestock will receive awards for their efforts.
The flag will be raised at 9 a.m. July 2, and then plans that have been formulating since early winter will be put into place.
FAIR TIME NEARS — The sign at one of the entrances of the Harrison County Fairgrounds tells that the first event was held in 1847, making it a 166-year anniversary. There will be a flag raising at 9 a.m. on July 2 to announce the opening by county agricultural society members. — Esther McCoy
The deadline for open class entries is 9 p.m. Saturday, and exhibit tags must be picked up on June 30, the Sunday before the fair. Office hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday; noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 to 9 p.m. on June 30.
July 2 is free admission for senior citizens. Daily gate admissions for those 3 and up is $6 for a ride wrist band and grandstand events. A carload special is scheduled for July 4, before 3 p.m. The cost will be $15, a $9 savings for a family of four. A weeklong fair pass is $25 and a special agricultural society membership, for voting privileges, is $5.
Free parking is available throughout the fairgrounds in designated areas only.
Entries for the scarecrow exhibit contest are due at 10 a.m. July 2, with voting on winners to take place until the July 3 closing for votes. A motocross will be held in the grandstand area at 7 p.m.
July 3 will see the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District hay and forage judging at noon. There will be an auction of baked and canned goods from the 7th through 9th departments at 5 p.m. A junior fair Fourth of July Spectacular will be held at 9 p.m. and a scavenger hunt for youth will be held throughout the day. The Buckeye Horse Puller's Association event will be held at the grandstand track at 7 p.m., along with a talent showcase at the midway tent at 7 p.m.
A contest for themed gift baskets is held each year and a silent auction process also will be held, with the proceeds split between the exhibitor and the agricultural society.
The gift baskets exhibits are due at 10 a.m. July 4.
A NASCAR Nationwide car will be on exhibit from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and a mud bog will be at the grandstand at 7 p.m.
On July 5, a table setting exhibit will be held and must be set up by 10:30 a.m.
The junior fair livestock auction sale will begin at 4 p.m. A tractor and truck pull will be held at 6 p.m. at the grandstand.
July 6 will see the election of the board of agricultural directors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Safety Day will be observed at 1 p.m.; a pedal tractor pull at 4 p.m.; sheep shearing contest at 5:30 p.m.; and tractor and truck pull at 7 p.m. A junior fair square dance will be held at 8:30 p.m. The release of open class entries in departments 7 through 12 will be at 9 p.m.
On July 7, livestock departments from 1 to 6 will be released at noon.