The 175th Champaign County Fair swung into gear Friday, with a few more junior fair entries and lots of sunshine for attendees.
Fair attendees may get a slight break in the recent string of hot and humid days this weekend. The weather Saturday and Sunday should be in the low 80s and will be less humid than the past few days, according to accuweather.com. But temperatures are expected to climb next week as the fair kicks into high gear.
This year’s fair will feature a bit more animal exhibits over last year, Ohio State University 4-H Extension Educator and County Director Melinda Morrison said. For the junior fair there are 1,209 exhibitors with 3,166 projects total. Of those, 2,042 are livestock.
The biggest show this year is the swine show, with 825 junior fair entries, Morrison said. The next biggest show is the goats with 318 entries. Both shows have at least 100 more entries this year over last year.
This year’s fair will also see the return of poultry projects. Live bird projects were banned from all Ohio fairs last year due to an avian flu outbreak.
The fair featured Scotty McCreery as the main stage act Friday. Saturday’s events include the Cattlemen’s Special Steer and Commercial Heifer Show and Classic Truck Pull.
Sunday, the Crowing of the Junior Fair Queen, the awarding of the 4-H Boy and Girl of the Year, the awarding of the FFA Boy and Girl of the Year, and the pig and calf scrambles on will be the big draws.
For more information and the fair schedule, visit the fair website at champaigncountyfair.com or see the Saturday-through-Monday schedule inside today’s edition.
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.