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Harrison County Fair looks to be in full swing

Esther McCoy FAIR OPENS — Harrison County Fair 4-H members were busy decorating their designated booth in the 4-H Building on Saturday, in preparation for Monday’s opening. Looking over the stall of the Green Valley 4-H Club, which covered, horses, poultry, many still projects and sewing were, from left, Presleigh Piatt, Lexi Stine and Toxey Conter of the Freeport Friends.

CADIZ — After a 2020 fair that was scaled down to COVID-19 regulations, the Harrison County event looks to be in full swing this season, with rides, lots of food vendors, a sale of the baked and some canned goods entered by county cooks, auction and other events all part of the event that opened Monday.

Motocross is scheduled for 7 p.m. today, off-road racing will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday and a tractor and tractor pull is set for 7 p.m. Thursday. The classes include limited pro-diesel trucks, two-wheel drive trucks and pro-stock semis. For information, call (740) 942-8332.

Department heads for the event are Lynette Dauch, president; Amy Clay, vice president; Jessie Birney, secretary; Tom Carter, treasurer; Tina Jones, outside consessions; Joe Amaismeir, inside concessions; Ryan Marker. junior fair manager and beef superintendent; Brooke Bardall, sheep; Amaismeier, goats; Zack Jones, swine; Craig Shaw, poultry; and Kevin Willoughby 7-12th departments.

Camping is under the direction of Gregg Sproull, and a new horse arena has been brought up to the amusements grounds from the lower section. This is on the same level as the old horse arena and it makes it easier for patrons to view some of the shows,

Among those who are happy to see the fair return are the Amaismeier sisters who live on a farm in Hopedale and are taking part in 4-H through the Germano Community 4-H Club.

Coming to Harrison County from the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, they were new to 4-H until they met the Caldwell family who has had “four-leaf clover fever “ for more than 30 years. Juanita Caldwell and Wayne Caldwell have been advisers since the 1980s.

The Caldwells operate a dairy farm as well as the Anaismeir family and were knowledgeable of their care and feeding of the animals.

Four-H is important to the agriculture industry and exposes as many people as possible to farming and in particular how their food is cared for. was noted.

The sisters will be selling some of their raised livestock at the Friday junior fair auction at 1 p.m. and the last sale of the day is the dairy baskets that the 4-H club households donate with candy, crackers, snacks, cookies and household items to fill a container. In the past containers have been baskets made into the shape of a chest, a round one and square container. And there have even been butter churns, half-whiskey barrels for flowers, a tool chest and other holders. There are plenty of dairy products as well, such as all types of cheeses, sour cream, butter, milk and coupons for ice cream

Doug Caldwell is an adviser for the Germano 4-H Club and an officer in the Dairy Association.

Daily gate admission is $8 for ages 3 and up and on Saturday, $12 for the entire day or $6 for the afternoon or $6 for the evening. A weeklong pass, which does not include a society membership, is $40. Entertainment and grandstand seating is included in the admission price.

The gate admission begins at 1 p.m., when the flag raising is held for the opening ceremony and the pedal tractor pull gets off the ground at 1 p.m.

The fair is scheduled to run through Saturday.

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