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By Don Rutledge
FPS Associate Editor

Carroll County FairThere’s a lot to see and do at this year’s Carroll County fair for only a $5 admission!

The 163rd annual six-day expo opened Tuesday and continues through Sunday with a variety of entertainment, food and interesting animals and exhibits.

A stroll up the midway reveals an assortment of irresistible food and concession stands.

Well-groomed animals can be seen in both the junior fair and open class animal barns.

Among the dozen plus rides are four new ones, according to Tim Lisko, owner of Lisko Family Midway of Youngstown who has provided the mechanical rides for the fair for the past four years.

New attractions in the kiddie section at the lower (south) end of the fairgrounds are Dune buggy rides and a Water Ball while a new Space Ship and Bungee Jump has been added to the adult rides, Lisko said. Tickets for the mechanical rides can be obtained from the midway ticket booth.
Open class entries reportedly were up slightly this year, according to Fairboard Secretary Tammy Sanderson. Entered in the three open classes are 37 beef, 143 dairy and 22 sheep.

Fair Highlights
The remaining highlights of this year’s fair include a Carroll County tractor pull beginning at 9 a.m. this Thursday in front of the grandstand. Also on tap are the open class sheep judging starting at 5 p.m.  and an open to the world antique and stock tractor pull at 6 p.m. with grandstand seating $3.

Friday’s fair program includes another Carroll County tractor pull at 9 a.m., an open flower show at 1 p.m. and Full Pull Productions tractor and truck pulls at 7 p.m. with grandstand seating $3.

Saturday’s events include an open class draft horse/pony hitch class starting at 8 a.m.  and Full Pull Productions tractor and truck pulls at 7 p.m. with grandstand seating $3.

Sunday’s closing day will feature the Mod Rod Pullers at 10 a.m., a combine demo-derby at 2 p.m. and the annual open to the world auto demo derby starting at 6 p.m.

The entertainment stage, located at the south (lower) end of the fairgrounds will feature three live bands with Little Rock band performing Thursday, Wild Oats Band Friday and the Stark County Fair Band Saturday evening, all beginning at 7 p.m.

Junior Fair Program
Thursday – Dog show in metal barn and English horse classes in horse ring, both starting at 9 a.m.; rabbit judging and showmanship in small animal barn at 9:30 a.m., dog obedience in metal barn at 12 noon; sheep showmanship, breeding sheep and market lamb show in metal barn at 6:30 p.m.

Friday – Horse performance classes in horse ring at 9:30 a.m.; Super showmanship in metal barn at 10 a.m.; Pee Wee showmanship in small animal barn at 1:30 p.m.; Small animal dress-up in small animal barn at 3 p.m.; large animal sale of market hogs, dairy beef feeders, market lambs, dairy product baskets and market steers in metal barn at 6 p.m.

Saturday – Horse Dress-up contest followed by mounted games at 12 noon; small animal sale of market turkeys, goats, rabbits and chickens in metal barn at 1:30 p.m.; square dance in metal barn at 9 p.m.

Sunday Dairy cow dress-up in metal barn at 11 a.m.; trophy presentation in metal barn at 1 p.m.; Junior Fair animal dismissal starting at 4 p.m. and open livestock dismissal at 8 p.m.

Fairgoers can still obtain a membership and exhibitor fair pass for $20 which entitles the holder to free admission anytime during the fair. The membership also entitles the holder to vote at the annual Fair Board election in October.

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