By Frank Lewis
Vendors were rolling open their awnings. Commercial interests were placing their merchandise on their counters. Everyone’s eyes were glued to the livestock arena for the 4-H Beef Show, and David Adkins was all smiles as he unlocked his door at the side of the Scioto County Fair office building Wednesday morning.
“We are up in attendance,” Adkins said. “On Monday we were down 621, but on Tuesday we were up 247. On Monday our attendance was 5,073 and Tuesday 5,393.”
Adkins was obviously delighted at the attendance.
“It has been real good,” Adkins said. “The weather has been real good and there’s so much here for $8, it’s really a bargain.”
At the time Adkins was getting set up for the day the 4-H English Horse Show was going on in the horse arena and the Open Rabbit Show was just minutes away. And while most fair attendees were taking the beautiful clean facilities for granted, young people wearing reflective vests were cleaning up the grounds from the night before.
“They are from all over the county,” Probate/Juvenile Court Administrator Dawn Keller said. “They’re working off fines and restitution. They’re out here picking up trash and we start every morning at 7 o’clock and end around 1:30.”
Keller said the experience for the youngsters is educational as well.
“Out here we work on respect and we work on manners and by picking up trash they know there are consequences to their actions.”
A lot of area country music fans were preparing for an 8 p.m. performance of Columbia recording artist Tyler Farr in the grandstand area and while numbers are up, Adkins was forecasting doubling Tuesday’s figures on Saturday night.
“It’s the (Cavalcade of Thrills) Demolition Derby,” Adkins said. “That usually draws around 10,000 people. It’s just kind of a thing that everybody likes and gets into. And then everybody is off work and it’s something where they can take the family and really have a good time and get value for their dollar.”
Adkins said the Demolition Derby kicks off at 5 p.m. in the grandstand area and runs until only one car is standing. The event comes complete with a $5,000 purse.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.