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County fairs offer special memories

Our region’s county fair season gets into full swing this week, with the 172nd edition of the Harrison County Fair set to be held Monday through Saturday in Cadiz.

County fairs have a rich tradition of being able to offer something for just about anyone. Whether you enjoy seeing the displays presented by the area’s young people, like to see the area’s top animals, listen to music or just want to spend some time on a midway, a county fair has you covered.

The fairgrounds in Cadiz come to life Monday with several events scheduled, including the crowning of the king and queen and recognition of the county’s 4-H program.

Later in the week there will be tractor pulls and a demolition derby, a square dance and events where participants will be able to show off the work they have done while raising an animal, and the lessons the experience has taught them. Tuesday will feature the judging of canned and baked goods, and one of the most-anticipated events of the week, the auction of baked goods, will take place Wednesday afternoon.

Another highly anticipated event, the annual livestock auction, will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.

Those who attend will have the chance to see the work being done around the fairgrounds, including improvements to the grandstands.

When you add it all up, it represents, as Lynette Dauch, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, explained, a good opportunity for the community to come together and provide a good experience for the young people of the county.

Harrison County’s fair is the first of several scheduled across the area during the next several months. The Carroll County Fair will be held July 16-21; the Jefferson County Fair is set for Aug. 11-18; the Belmont County Fair will be held Sept. 3-9; the Brooke County Fair will be held Sept. 6-8; and the Hancock County Oldtime Fair is set for Sept. 13-15.

County fairs are among the great things our region has to offer. We hope you’ll be able to get out and enjoy them.

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