The Scioto County Fair began quietly Sunday with the arrival of 4-H livestock and art exhibits. The weeklong event continues this week with country music singer Luke Bryan taking the grandstand tonight at 8 p.m. Other performers at this year's fair include country music singers Sammy Kershaw on Tuesday, Craig Morgan on Wednesday and Josh Gracin on Friday. Gracin also previously appeared in concert at the Shawnee State University Springfest concert in 2007. All shows will take place in the grandstands at 8 p.m. Fair Board member Eugene Gahm explained the process the Scioto County Fair Board goes through in its efforts to pick the right entertainment for each years' fair. "First, we establish a budget. Then, we take the budget and find attractions. Then, we sell it to sponsors, then after a routing process, the stage is set," he said, adding also he and Zeke Mullins started bringing entertainment to the fair 39 years ago with a budget of only $1,500. Also in the grandstands are annual favorites, Circus Continental on Thursday and the Cavalcade of Thrills Demolition Derby on Saturday - with the circus offering shows at 2 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, and the derby beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday. This is the 40th anniversary of the Demolition Derby at the Scioto County Fair, Gahm said. If country music isn't to your liking, Scioto County school bands will also be preforming near the main gates all week. On Monday, Wheelersburg will perform at 5 p.m. and West Portsmouth will perform at 7 p.m. South Webster will perform Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Minford will perform that evening at 7 p.m. Clay will perform at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and New Boston will perform at 7 p.m. East will perform Thursday at 5 p.m. and Valley will perform at 7 p.m.; and Northwest will perform at 5 p.m. Friday with Green following at 7 p.m. Of course, what county fair would be complete without a feast of deep fried snacks, and gut-wrenching rides to make you wish you'd never eaten anything to begin with? Classic fair rides like the Ferris wheel, the scrambler, the Tilt-a-Wheel and the merry go round will also be there, along with some of the more thrilling rides, such as the Pirate Ship and the Rocket Ship that goes straight up for about 100 feet and then drops back at a speed of 60 mph. The Midway rides this year are provided by Michael's Enterprises, Inc. of Fayetteville, N.C. "We like coming up there to southern Ohio," said Michael Reisinger of Michael's Enterprises. "The people at the Scioto County Fair are friendly and the fair itself is well organized." Gates open at the Scioto County Fair today at 10 a.m., and Tuesday through Saturday at 8 a.m. Daily admission is $7.00 for ages 2 and older.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235.