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Ross County’s Union Township Shares COVID Funds With Area Schools

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

Union Township in Ross County has shared a large portion of their first round of COVID-19 money with local schools and other community entities. The American Recovery Act Funds came from the federal government, as approved by congress.

The $500,000 the township received, like comparable funds received by other local government entities, had to be used for items related to assisting in those government entities handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Union Township Trustee Jeff Henness said- “Along with trustees Dave Bethel and Harold Bennett, we thought the best way we could help the community was through the school districts that our township serves.”

As a result, Union Township Trustees decided to give $120,000 each to Union Scioto Schools and Adena Local Schools for the purchase of new student Chrome Books and other computers. Ross County Christian Academy was given $70,000 and the Ross County Fairboard was given approximately $40,000. Ross Christian Academy’s money helped install touch-less lighting, which was also the case for monies given to the Ross County Fairgrounds. The remaining $150,000 was used by Union Township for EMS and Firehouse equipment purchases.

Union Township is anticipating another $1.2 million in funds coming their way in a second round of federal funding, which Henness says the rules for using those dollars is still being worked out at the federal level. Local governments will have until the year 2026 to use the money. Half of those funds will be received in 2021 and the other half in 2022.

In the case of townships, funds received are based on the size of the townships.

Ross County Fair Closes Saturday Night

Presented By Atomic Speedway

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.

Comedy Night At Ross County Fair

Presented By Atomic Speedway

(Chillicothe) — Comedy comes to the Ross County Fair Bandstand on Saturday, August 14th. Lori Graves will serve as the host for the FREE comedy show with Jeff Jena sponsored by the fair.

Bring a lawn chair if you like. This is a PG/PG-13 show. The laughs begin at 8 pm. You won’t want to miss the chance to see Jeff live! Check out his Dry Bar Comedy special online.

Photo/Article Courtesy of Lori Graves

“Jeff Jena is one of the top corporate and cruise comics working today. His thirty-five years of live performance experience and over forty national television shows, both as an actor and comic give him the ability to work for any audience. His television appearances include Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and the Bob and Tom Show on WGN cable. His newest CD I’m Only Saying This Once is available on major music download sites”, Graves said.

In his years as a stand-up comic Jeff has appeared on over forty national television shows, including Comics Unleashed, The Bob and Tom Show, The Dennis Miller Show, HBO, MTV, Evening at the Improv, NBC Friday Night and The Showtime Comedy Club Network.

As an actor he has been seen on Murder She Wrote, Hunter, appeared in shows with Jenny McCarthy and Weird Al Yankovic and in several films including “Raising the Dead” with Allison Eastwood. Jeff has played over 1000 venues including clubs, Las Vegas, and cruise ships.”

Parking Changes Await Ross County Fairgoers In 2021

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(Above image from Ross County Sheriff Facebook)

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…

Ross County Ready to Open Junior Fair Saturday

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

The Ross County Fair Board voted in June to not hold a traditional fair for 2020 due to the restrictions and guidelines mandated by Governor Mike DeWine. Last week, citing a spike in COVID-19 cases statewide linked back to fairs, the Governor limited the remaining fairs for the 2020 season to Junior Fair only. Because of the decision made by the Ross County Fair, they were ready with a plan to hold their shows.


There will be two rotations of animals: (Rotation 1) Dogs, Goats, Horses, Poultry and Sheep Saturday through Tuesday (Rotation 2) Beef, Cavy, Hogs and Rabbits Wednesday through Saturday. The fairgrounds will be cleared Tuesday evening for sanitizing.  

Participants have been given directives for their animals following their shows for the release and removal from the grounds.

The shows will not be open to the public and only those with wristbands distributed by the fair will be permitted on the grounds. Masks will be required for those on the grounds. 

Here’s the 2020 Ross County Junior Fair schedule of events for the shows for animals beginning Saturday. 


8:30am: Dog Show 

4:00pm-9:00pm: Move-in and Rolling Weigh-in for Goats, Poultry, Sheep 


8:00am: Sheep Shows – Showmanship Contest, Breeding Sheep and Market Lambs 

9:00am: Horse Show 

1:00pm: Non-Market Poultry Show followed by the All-Poultry Showmanship Contest 

2:00pm: Goat Showmanship Contest – Dairy, Meat and Pygmy Goats 


8:00am: Market Poultry Show & Goat Dairy Show 

9:00am: Horse Show 

9:30am: Goat Pygmy Show 

11:30am: Goat Meat Breeding Show 

2:00pm: Goat Market Show 


9:00am: Horse Show 

7:00pm: Fairgrounds cleared for sanitizing 


8:00am-9:00am: Breeding Rabbit & Fancy Rabbit, Cavy Check-in 

9:00am-12:00pm: Breeding Rabbit, Fancy Rabbit and Cavy Shows 

2:00pm-8:00pm: Market Rabbit Weigh-in and Caging 

4:00pm-9:00pm: Swine Move-in and Rolling Weigh-in; Beef Move-in 


8:00am: Cavy and Rabbit Showmanship Contest 

8:00am: Beef Team Fitting Contest 

2:00pm: Beef Showmanship followed by Beef Breeding 


8:00am: Market Rabbit Show 

8:00am: Market Beef Show 

4:00pm: Swine Showmanship 


8:00am: Market Swine Show 

7:00pm: Fairgrounds Close 

2020 Easyriders Rodeo Cancelled

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

For the first time since 1988, the rumble of thousands of motorcycles won’t be a part of Labor Day weekend in Chillicothe.

Easyriders announced the cancellation of the event Thursday. The annual biker rodeo was to have been September 3rd-7th, 2020.

The announcement was made on the organization’s website, “At the direction of local health officials, we must regretfully confirm the cancellation of our September event, the Easyriders Rodeo in Chillicothe, Ohio.”

Easyriders also cancelled its events in Pennsylvania (June) and Michigan (August).


In a report by the Chillicothe Gazette, the Easyriders agreed to a contract with the Ross County Fair Board worth at least $60,000. In the report last November, Fair Board President Bryan Bethel stated the rodeo generates a minimum of $500,000 to the local economy.

The rodeo is one of the largest events at the fairgrounds outside of the Ross County Fair itself which will be scaled back to a Junior Fair Livestock Show next month.