Marietta – Shauna Thompson only took a few seconds to think of an answer when asked to name her favorite part of Saturday’s Washington County Fair Parade.
“Entire,” She said.
Thompson, 7, of Belpre, was watching the show for the first time, lining up along Front Street with lots of other people like bands, local organizations, fair royals, businesses and more, making their way to the fairgrounds for the official start of the show. It happened for four days.
Frederick and Liani Rowland moved to Front Street in 2018 and enjoyed getting a front row seat at the show.
“We’ve seen the parades for two years, and then all of a sudden, nothing” Leilani Rowland said, referring to the way many events were canceled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She and her husband were on the front porch on Saturday, enjoying the scenes of the show.
“We just love her” She said.
Nola Schlitz, 9, said she enjoyed the goats-riding goats upon entering the parade from Oak Grove Christian School, but she and her sister and brother also loved collecting candy.
“Bag is full” Sister Lola Schlitz said.
“We even had to put it up my sleeves,” Nora added.
At the fairgrounds, young men from all over the province were tending their sheep, goats, and cattle, while preparing to display their work at a variety of fairs.
“Spirit of appearance is the way you walk your animal, watch the judge and how you groom it,” Josie Bell, of the Backyard Gang 4-H Club, explained. “So the market is how good your cows look.”
This is the last year that Kesselyn Bigley, with makers of Salem Liberty house makers, will be displaying the animals on the show, something she’s done since she was nine years old. To display cattle on Saturday.
“Lambs for sure” She said when asked which one is the hardest to deal with. “Cattle is easy.”
Fred Boyd, one of the 21 Washington County Fair Board directors who helps oversee the fair, said his favorite part of the event is seeing the kids participate in the activities.
“This show is about children. It’s what it was made for,” He said. “But basically we’re trying to have something for everyone.”
On Sunday, Morgan McCoy, a member of the Washington County Fair Board of Directors, gathered young people at the Junior Fair Building for a cake-eating competition, a staple of the fair. McCoy said the eating contest is held on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 1 p.m. every year. She said that they usually have at least eight people attending each day to participate and anyone can join in the fun. In the youth division, Griffin Young, 7, Odin Becker, 4, and Thatcher Becker competed for first place. Young came in first, while Odin and Thatcher came in second and third, respectively. One word came into Young’s mind when asked what he thought of the competition, “Tasty!” In the top division, 11-year-old Mariska Benedict came first, while Maria Benedict, 8, was second, and Andon Holland, 9, third.
At Rabbit and Poultry Barn, the Rabbit Dress Up Show began at 2 p.m., and Chloe Schweitzer, 11, was the only contestant. Two of her bunnies walked in, one in a Halloween costume and the other in a prisoner costume that matched the police uniform she was wearing. The Schweizer prison bunny won first place and the Halloween bunny won second place.
“I love the dress-up event, because I think it’s funny to see your bunnies in a costume,” She said.
Schweitzer also received the Reserve Grand Champion at the Market Rabbit Show, meaning that one of her rabbits was second to all the other rabbits on the show. She said she learned about rabbits from her mother who was showing rabbits at the fair when she was a little girl. Schweitzer really enjoys taking care of her rabbits.
“I enjoy it because you can make new friends they do,” She said. “And I love bunnies, they always try to climb over me to give me a cuddle.”
Kim Henry, a volunteer Washington County Gardener with the Ohio State University Extension Office, gave a presentation on crafting fairy gardens at Merchant Hall. Henry has been building fairy gardens for 15 years and has brought her creations to the gallery’s flower gallery for the past 10 years.
“I think what I like the most is that there aren’t any set rules,” She said. “And you can be very creative with the things you build.”
Henry said that to create a good fairy garden, you need soil, accessories, and plants. When it comes to plants in fairy gardens, she said, less is more. She suggested using rocks and small toys or figurines to help make your fairy garden your own.
“Often it just requires you to look around your house and find something small and then figure out how to use it,” She said.
One of the tips Henry gave was to use nail polish to paint the rocks to bring out the color and make it shinier. I also suggested using hens and chicks in your fairy garden, or any plant that doesn’t need a lot of water. Some of the creative decorating ideas she had were using acorns on the strings to look like lanterns, painting the tops of golf T-shirts to look like birdbaths and using aquarium pebbles as a path, because they come in so many colors. One of the fantasy parks I created was dinosaur themed, one shaped like a fairy, one shaped like a truck and featuring mini car toys, and the last one was themed in the shape of a gnome.
Popular show events include the tractor pull on Saturday, the Rodeo on Sunday and the demolition derby on Monday, two years later. A new addition is KOI Drag Racing in the grand grandstands, scheduled for the final night of the show on Tuesday.
Evan Bevins can be reached at [email protected]
James Dobbs can be reached at [email protected]
Remaining exhibition schedule:
* 8-10 AM: 4 Hours Philippine Pancake Breakfast & Show
* 9 am: DFS Showmanship / Market Fair
*10 am: tractor pull pull; entertainment; Groom and clean horse
* From 10 a.m. to noon: Make, take crafts
* Noon: Midway opens; mr doll. Dairy skill
* 1 p.m.: Dairy display; mr doll. Red Sky Dawn (Entertainment); Cake eating competition
1-3 pm: Alfalfa activities
* 1-7 pm: Election of fair board members
* 2 pm: Mr. Doll. bounce horse relay
* 3 p.m.: Coin Hunt (12 years old and younger)
* 3:30 pm: Painted pig competition
4 pm: sour puree (entertainment). Mr. Doll
* 5 pm: Hypnosis. Poster winning presentation and Skillathon presentation
*5-6pm: Closes midway for viewing
* 5:30 PM: Night to Shine
* 6 pm: Pedal pulls
*6-9pm: $1 ski night
* 7 pm: Demolition Derby. hypnotized
*9 pm: Hypnosis
*11pm: Midway closes
* 3 pm: Reception of buyers
* 4 p.m.: Midway Opening; Junior Cattle Show
* 6-8 pm: Cabin demolished
* 7 p.m.: KOI Drag Racing
*11pm: Midway closes
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