WOODSFIELD - Entertainment, harness racing, various competitions, exhibits and animal sales are among the activities at the 163rd Monroe County Fair, which will open officially Monday at the county fairgrounds, Woodsfield.
A tradition with annual fair is the service, planned tonight at 7 by the Switzerland of Ohio Ministerial Association, at the pavilion at the fairgrounds.
The fair will continue through Saturday.
Monday's activities will begin with a check-in of animals from 7-9 a.m., and the gates will open at 8 a.m. for other events. The Junior Fair parade will be at 6 p.m. that day with Wednesday at 6 as the rain date. Also planned Monday night are horseshoe pitching, 6; presentation of the Junior Fair royalty, 6:30; Junior Fair dairy showmanship, breeding show, open class dairy and dairy feeder showmanship, 7; and the Buckeye Rodeo, 8.
Harness racing will be Tuesday at 5 p.m., and scheduled that night are the market livestock show (dairy feeders, followed by feeder calf heifers, feeder calf steers and market steers), 6; gospel sing, sponsored by the area Church of Christ, 7; and the Coleman Family, 8:30.
Senior Citizens and Veterans Day (age 60 and older: $3 admission all day) will be Wednesday. Harness racing will be at 5 p.m., followed by the Junior Fair swine show, 6; Wyatt Groves and Kate Fickell, 6; horseshoe pitching, 6; C.J. Wise, 7; time trials for the Figure 8 races, 7; Figure 8 races, 8; and karaoke, 8.
The small market animal sale is scheduled Thursday at 11 a.m., and large market animal sale will be at 4 p.m.
Thursday is Touchstone Energy Day, and the activities that night will be a Barnesville Hospital program about burns and explosions with Jim Horton, EMT-P, in charge, 5:30; antique tractor pull, 6; C.J. Wise, 6:30; Wyatt Groves and Kate Fickell, 7:30; cornhole tournament with prize money (registration at 7), 8; and karaoke, 8:30.
Kids' Day is planned Friday, and COSI on Wheels, sponsored by the Monroe County Farm Bureau, will be at the fair pavilion from 1-5 p.m.
Also on Friday's schedule are the Junior Fair supreme showmanship, 3 p.m.; annual election of the board of directors of the Monroe County Agricultural Society, 3-7; truck and tractor pull, 6; and open class cattle released (only), 10.
Concluding activities Saturday will include cowboy races, noon to 2 p.m.; horseshoe pitching, 1 p.m.; cornhole tournament, 1; Coulson Building displays removed, 2-5; Ohio Horsemen Council, second annual cowboy race, 3; demolition derby, 7; and a square dance, 8 p.m. to midnight.
Flag-raising at the fair is planned each day at 8:45 a.m. by the Monroe County Scouts with exhibits, judging and other activities to follow.