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Hancock fair keeps old-time spirit alive

Some more traditional fun will be found at Tomlinson Run State Park this weekend with the return of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair.

Since it was chartered in 1930, the fair has brought a sense of pride for Hancock County and its residents, relying more on local history and community spirit than the flashy rides and attractions of similar events.

The fair will run Friday through Saturday around the pool area of the park near New Manchester, with a variety of activities for young and old alike.

Friday will include a bike night, with residents riding their motorcycles admitted at no charge. A car show will be featured Sunday afternoon, with a variety of classic vehicles on display. Music and live entertainment also will be provided throughout the weekend.

Much of the fair’s activities reflect the county’s agrarian history, with exhibit tents featuring a variety of homemade foods and crafts, as well as home-grown vegetables, flowers and more.

A children’s pet show is on tap for Saturday, and fair organizers have asked for pictures of the fair from years past to include in the photography exhibits.

The New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand Saturday, asking for donations of money or a new, unopened toy as part of a Stuff-the-Truck to benefit the Hancock County Shop with a Cop.

Admission to the fair, as always, is $1, with a donation of a nonperishable item also accepted Friday night.

The Hancock County Oldtime Fair is a true sign of the changing of seasons in the Ohio Valley. It is a time to get out and enjoy some of what the area has to offer, while spending time with family and friends.

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