Fair Board hopes numbers will climb

By Frank Lewis

August 9, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

The Scioto County Fair Board is looking for three big events over the next two days to bring attendance numbers back up to finish the week strong.

Tonight country music performer John Michael Montgomery will entertain on the Scioto County Fair stage. He has had more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts, including two of Billboard’s No. 1 country singles of the year: “I Swear” (1994) and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” (1995). Five more of Montgomery’s singles have reached the top of the country charts: “I Love the Way You Love Me”, “Be My Baby Tonight”, “If You’ve Got Love”, “I Can Love You Like That”, and “The Little Girl”, while 13 more have reached Top 10.

Saturday 4-H’ers will hold their breathe to see how much their fair animals will fetch at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction. Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Livestock Arena, the sale will begin with lambs, followed by steers, goats and swine. Then, Saturday evening in the grandstand area, arguably the most popular entertainment event of every year’s fair, the Cavalcade of Thrills Demolition Derby.

Through Wednesday, attendance at the fair was down 3,758 from last year during the same time period. Only Monday’s numbers were up, with 5,694 in attendance, compared to 5,427 last year. Tuesday, attendance fell off 503 from last year, dropping from 5,649 in 2012 to 5,146. On Wednesday the fair took a big cut in attendance from 7,828 in 2012 to 4,306 this year.

“While the showers did cause a drop in attendance Wednesday, we hope the public will come out for our great John Michael Montgomery show on Friday and the Demolition Derby on Saturday,” David Adkins, Secretary-Treasurer of the fair board, said. “The Junior Fair Livestock Auction always draws a big crowd as well. With all the cover available on the grounds it is easy to escape those pesky 15 minute showers and then go on with enjoying the fair.”

Meanwhile, the National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association held their local pull on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Fair. Ninety-four youngsters from the local area participated in the event. In the three- and four-year-old division first place went to Malachi Lamerson of Beaver, second place to R. D. Blevins of Stout, and third place to Walker Dixon of South Webster.

In the five-and six-year-old class first place went to Ambrea Sowards of Minford, second place to Myles Montgomery of Minford, and third place to Parker Cantrell of Portsmouth. In the seven- and eight-year-old division first place went to Preston Howard of McDermott, second place to Gabriel Lamerson of Beaver, and third place to Emilee Ramey of Franklin Furnace. The event is open to any young person of the appropriate age and a favorite each year at the fair sponsored by the Scioto County Agricultural Society.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.