The Ross County Fair will close its 77th edition Saturday night, reporting good crowds and successful events, just one year after COVID-19 limited the fair to only 4-H participants and their families.
Saturday wraps up the last of the Junior Fair Livestock Sales, starting at 9am in the Show Arena, then the evening entertainment brings the curtain down with a Cars and Lawn Mower Demo Derby at the Grandstand beginning at 7pm, Comedy Night with Lori Graves and Friends at 8pm inside the Bandstand, followed by a finale of fireworks over the grounds starting at 10pm.
(CHILLICOTHE) – The best defense against the spread of COVID-19 in our communities is vaccination. With the return of a full slate of Ross County Fair activities this week and the accompanying crowds following a one-year hiatus in 2020 because of the virus, having convenient access to that defense is important.
Toward that end, Adena Health System and the Ross County Health District are partnering to make free vaccinations available to fairgoers. Adena is administrating the one dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for those 18 and older from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday (August 9), Wednesday (August 11) and Friday (August 13), at a booth in the northwest corner of the Multipurpose Building at the Ross County Fairgrounds. For parents wishing to have their children ages 12 to 17 vaccinated, the Ross County Health District will be administrating the Pfizer vaccine to that age range from 12 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday (August 10) and Thursday (August 12).
With the recent surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading across the country, Adena and the Ross County Health District want to make sure getting the vaccine is as convenient as possible – part of the important role each organization plays in caring for the health of our communities. The trio of available COVID-19 vaccines have proven effective against the virus, including the Delta variant, in reducing serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths.
So while you’re enjoying the fair food, entertainment and 4-H competition at the 2021 Ross County Fair, we encourage you to take a few minutes to stop by the Multipurpose Building and take that key step in protecting your health that will last long after the final midway ride has been taken. Also remember to wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing as much as possible as you enjoy the week.
The Ross County Fair is in full swing, with the first official full day concluding with the selection of the 2021 Junior Fair Queen and King Court.
Gretchen Search is this year’s Queen, with attendants being: 1st- Meredith Robinson 2nd- Stella Jones 3rd- Brooklyn Rittinger 4th- Ruth Beery
The King is Cannon Stoneburner, with his attendants being: 1st- Gabe Lynch 2nd- Carter Hill
A familiar fixture to the Ross County Fair Queen and King Contest over the last 40 years is Todd Holdren, who announced this was his final year to serve as the emcee.
See our interviews with Gretchen Search, Cannon Stoneburner and Todd Holdren below…
The “Friends of 4-H” were also honored during the contest, with the 2020 winner also being announced due to last year’s COVID restrictions cutting out some of the honors.
The 2020 Friend of 4-H is Adena Health System, while the 2021 honor went to the “late” Phil Hurtt, who served for many years with Ross County 4-H. Hurtt passed away several weeks ago. He was also honored with the rarely awarded Junior Friend of 4-H.
Some changes are in store for those attending the Ross County Fair, concerning general admission parking.
The change is necessary due to a contract the fairboard has with Kenworth Truck Company, allowing them to store trucks not yet completed on established fairgrounds parking lots. As a result, the fairboard has opened a field west of Gate #1 and parking for the disabled east of the access road.
They will also open a section of a lot northeast of the main fairground buildings. Overflow parking could also see a lot opened east of the fairgrounds- if needed.
Kenworth is paying the fairboard $10,000 per lot each month to store the trucks, which in turn allowed them to keep employees building trucks instead of creating layoffs due to a lack of overflow storage space.
The Ross County Fairgrounds will be back to a more normal look and feel this year following last year’s limited fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 77th Annual Ross County Fair will run August 7th-14th, with the official opening day ceremony at noon Sunday, August 8th.
Activities around the fairgrounds on Saturday, August 7th will include exhibit entries, livestock weigh-ins, dog show, judging for Home & Fine Arts and Antique Farm Display. There is no admission charge for Saturday, but will does begin on Sunday.
Harness racing will occur only on Sunday, beginning at noon.
The Annual Queen & King Contest is Sunday at the Grandstand, starting at 8pm.
Weather permitting, the weekday afternoon Litter Media Live show with Dan Ramey and Mike Smith will be done from the Grandstand track infield at approximately 4pm Tuesday.
For a complete rundown of all scheduled events for the 2021 Ross County Fair, go to our link to the online Fair Book: CLICK HERE…