CADIZ - There were puddles of water and mud puddles near the barns but the Harrison County Fair went on as planned Tuesday, with judging of the junior fair and open class sheep and rabbits.
There also were many entries in the scarecrow exhibit, and votes were taken for the most popular, with the results to be revealed today.
The canning, baking, fine arts, domestic arts, hobbies, antiques and floriculture entries were judged, and the prized blue ribbons were distributed. There will be an auction of the canning and baked goods at 5 p.m. today.
VISITING QUEEN — Sarah Wilker, the Ohio Fairs’ queen, paid a visit to the Harrison County Fair on Tuesday. Corey Chrisman, Harrison County Fair king, showed Wilker around the grounds. Wilker was the 2012 Auglaize County fair queen and won the competition for Ohio Fairs’ queen. She has been a 4-H member for 13 years in Auglaize County, taking market swine livestock projects and cooking and will be entering her sophomore year at the University of Dayton. — Esther McCoy
CHECKING OUT THE TRACTOR — Reed Arbaugh, 7, son of Russ and Tricia Arbaugh, a New Rumley 4-H Club Cloverbud member, climbed aboard a McCormick tractor displayed by the Jones Equipment Co. of Freeport Tuesday at the Harrison County Fair. Arbaugh is well acquainted with farm equipment, as he helps at the Arbaugh grain farm. The county fair will feature two tractor and truck pulls — one at 6 p.m. Friday and another at 7 p.m. Saturday. — Esther McCoy
LIVESTOCK SALE — Abby Keller of the Tri County Showstoppers 4-H Club will be taking her pen of two market ducks into the auction ring Friday when the Harrison County Junior Fair livestock sale gets under way at 4 p.m. This is Keller’s first year for taking a duck livestock project. Steve Birney, Wayne Falb, Jason Miller, Justin Moore, Rhett Peters and Darrell Watson will be the auctioneers. The order of sale will be market rabbits, dairy baskets, turkeys, broilers, ducks, hogs, feeder calves, steers, goats and lambs. The dairy baskets are the project of the Harrison County Dairy Association and will contain dairy and kitchen items. — Contributed
The junior fair rabbit judging winners were:
- Market showmanship, senior division, Austin Marchetta; intermediate, Bailey Eberhart; junior, Samuel Yourko.
- Breeding showmanship, senior division. Billy Fulton; intermediate, Brandi Ryser; and junior, Samuel Yourko.
Junior fair sheep judging winners were:
- Champion light weight, Sadie Meredith; champion low intermediate, Addie Edwards; champion intermediate weight, Alexandra Chrisman; champion high intermediate, Emma Cline; champion low heavy weight, Jalyn Jones; champion heavy weight, Shannon Compher; and champion extra heavy weight, Caden Arbaugh.
Sheep showmanship winners were:
- Senior division, Shannon Compher; intermediate, Addie Edwards; junior, Murphy White.
Other winners were:
- Outstanding market exhibitor, senior, Shannon Compher; outstanding market exhibitor, intermediate, Jalyn Jones; outstanding market exhibitor, junior, Murphy White; show of showman, Addie Edwards; grand champion market sheep, Shannon Compher; reserve champion, Caden Arbaugh; and champion pen of two, Emma Cline.
A Fourth of July Spectacular is scheduled for 9 p.m. today for the junior fair. The county fair continues through Saturday at the fairgrounds.