Fair will still bring a crowd

The Hancock County Oldtime Fair harkens back to a simpler time in our area’s history, bringing in large crowds each year to check out the food, rides, entertainment and agriculture-related attractions.

The annual event will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Tomlinson Run State Park.

This year, however, one big attraction will noticeably be absent. The fair board has opted not to have any of its animal-related attractions, including the contests and sales of animals by local 4-H members. The decision was made out of a concern for the possible spread of e-coli, even though no reports have been made locally.

There is sure to still be a lot of fun available for fair-goers, though, and we know a lot of residents will turn out for a great weekend.

Among the returning attractions are the Barnyard Olympics and Tractor Games, pie contests, the baked goods auction and a classic car show.

Entertainment will include John Heiserman, Spinning Jenny, Dale and the Boys, Foggy Hollow and Awesome Possum.

The Kiss a Donkey contest also will return, pitting two local funeral home owners against each other.

It will all kick off Friday at 5 p.m., with the traditional tractor parade along state Route 8 leading to the fair site.

And remember, along with some of the old-fashioned attractions comes old-fashioned prices, with admission only $1 per person. On Friday, admission is the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit a local food bank.

We encourage all of our residents to take some time and check out the fair this weekend for a few days of good food, fun and friendship.