EASTERN OHIO county fair time heats up this month.
Jefferson County will stage its annual event beginning Monday in Smithfield. Monroe County, meanwhile. will hold its fair commencing Aug. 18 in Woodsfield.
Jefferson County's festivities play out at Friendship Park. As always is the case, activities will be a plenty.
County fairs are synonymous with animals. Jefferson County's version is definitely no exception.
FFA and 4-H members will be out in full force, displaying their animals, goods and talents. Their tireless hours of passionate work deserve our support.
Along those lines, the junior fair livestock auction starts at noon on Aug. 16. It is a showcase for FFA and 4-H participants. There will be a late afternoon recess for a complimentary meal for buyers and the event starts again with an auction of a Dave Barnhouse print at about 5:30 p.m.
For those bringing a hearty appetite to the fair, they will not go home hungry. Froehlich's Catering will provide sit-down meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a myriad of food stands along the midway.
Music and games will be featured. Youngsters will not be left out of the entertainment loop. A battery-operated car contest for children is an new attraction this year while pedal-pull tractors for those ages 4-11 will again be held.
Not to be overlooked is a touch of royalty as Kathryn Whinnery will be crowned as the Ohio Fairs' Queen. She is an Adena resident and a St. Clairsville High student.
Rounding out the extravaganza are domestic arts, culinary arts, crafts and baking categories.
We encourage everyone to treat themselves to an enjoyable experience and head to Smithfield next week.