CARROLLTON - "When we heard what the extended forecast was for the week of July 14, we did not have big expectations for our 163rd Carroll County Fair," said Tammy Sanderson, board and fair secretary, while discussing how the fair was coming along .
But the board found that the evening attendance improved when the temperature dropped in the evening.
"We had decent turnouts during the evening and on Friday the attendance was not bad despite the rain that was less on our grounds than in surrounding areas," she said.
"The junior fair went well and 4-H and FFA members with livestock animals did not have to spray their animals to cool then down as much as was needed in 2010. It was known that two chickens died, but this happened during transport to the fair," Sanderson said.
The fair board office is under the grandstand in the heart of the midway, a change from its cramped space about four years ago, it was noted.
The clay race track was fine for the full pull productions tractor and truck pull held Friday after the rain and on Saturday. The demolition derby, Mangled Metal Productions, went on, but participation has been down, according to Sanderson, who said that scrap metal pays more than the contests.
The 4-H building had booths decorated by 4-H clubs, the Carrollton and Minerva FFA organizations and many Boy and Girl Scouts.
Booth winners were the Kangaroo Krew, East Township Producers, Stillfork 4-H, Carroll County Kids and the Pioneer Saddle Club.
A display of fresh vegetables and fruits greeted visitors in the commercial building, along with a big array of canned pickled green tomatoes, green and yellow beans, pickles, hot peppers, tomato juice and whole tomatoes, beets, peaches, pears, jellies and jams, sauerkraut, salsa and homemade vinegar.
There were 104 market hogs sold at the Carroll County Junior Fair large animal sale and Wayne Falb, auctioneer, moved that part of sale along well.
Jenna Chiavari of the Beef Club 4-H Club raised the grand champion market hog weighing 278 pounds.
It was purchased by Gateway Royalty LLC at $11 per pound. This was down from the price of $19 per pound last year.
Kyle Host of the Carrollton FFA raised the reserve champion market hog weighing 276 pounds.
Gateway Royalty was the buyer again at $12 per pound. The 2012 price was $16 per pound.
Kurt Davis of the Carrollton FFA had the grand champion carcass hog, weighing 182 pounds. Rex Energy purchased the carcass at $10 per pound and donated it to the Golden Age Senior Facility. It went higher than in 2012, when it was $7 per pound.
Megan Gromley of the East Township Young Producers had the reserve champion carcass hog. Kishman IGA of Minerva was the buyer at $9 per pound. It was $11 per pound last year.
Emmy Days of the Kangaroo Krew 4-H raised the third place overall market hog, weighing 275 pounds. Carrollton Family Denistry made the purchase at $6 per pound.
Ryan Borland, in his last year with the Beef Club 4-H, had the fifth-place overall market hog, weighing 269 pounds and purchased by Kishman IGA at $7.50 per pound.
Allison Davis of the Beef Club was the most outstanding market hog exhibitor with a 244-pound hog that was purchased by Carrollton Farmers Exchange at $4 per pound.
Evan Ferguson of the Carrollton FFA raised the grand champion dairy beef feeder that was purchased by Chesapeake Energy at $3.75 per pound.
Lynden Ferguson of the Country Kids 4-H raised the reserve champion dairy beef feeder, weighing 597 pounds and purchased by Gateway Royalty.