Different-look Harrison County Fair in the books

CADIZ — One of the first of Ohio’s county fairs is in the books: The Harrison County Junior Fair.

It had a different look than any other rendition, but Katherine Eberhart and Bryan Blazeski, both members of the Shamrock 4-H Club, were selected queen and king, and the judging of all market animals, from the rabbits, to the poultry, the goats, lambs, hogs, feeder calves and market beef was completed.

Riley Eberhart, Silver Spurs 4-H Club, received the Most Outstanding 4-H-er award.

The Birney family — John; his son, Steve; and nephew, Billy, were either in the booth doing auctioneer duties or out on the sod floor watching for bids. John was pointing out to the 4-H members who had just sold a prized animal who he or she should meet with, allowing the buyers to see that they were appreciated.

Opening ceremonies were held Wednesday morning, with officials from the Cadiz American Legion Post 34 raising the flag.

MacKenzie Hoag, who in January was selected as the Ohio fairs queen during the Ohio State Manager’s Convention talent show was present. Joyce Barr, the 2019 Harrison County Fair queen, took part in the contest as well. The Carroll County queen was there as were Miss Agriculture queens from Belmont County.

Junior Fair members planted flowers and helped landscape the gardens. Caity Romshak, 4-H Extension agent, helped to coordinate those efforts.

There were buyers from Harrison, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson, Tuscarawas and Muskingum counties.

“Everything went well. We accomplished what we wanted to do. Many fair managers came to see how we were handling our event and we had plenty of support,” said Lynette Dausch, fair board president,

She added that a motocross show was held on Friday evening, which was coordinated by Gary Vorhees and Mark Wippler.


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