While some county fairs might draw their crowds with big, carnival-style rides and nationally known musical acts, one of our local events continues to see people stop and look back on a simpler time.
The Hancock County Oldtime Fair is returning this weekend, with activities taking place at Tomlinson Run State Park from Friday to Sunday.
You won't find big rides, demolition derbies or monster truck shows here.
Instead, the Hancock County fair celebrates some of our local history and culture with particular attention to our agrarian roots. It's evident from the beginning of each fair through the annual tractor parade along state Route 8 and continues through the weekend with barnyard Olympics, baking contests, crafts, livestock demonstrations and lots of local entertainment.
Contests include a lineup of things such as watermelon eating, jump rope and seed spitting, while the always favorite Kiss-A-Donkey contest among the Hancock County Commissioners also will make a return.
A classic car show, duck race and cornhole tournament help to fill out the weekend's lineup of fun, which also will feature an entertainment lineup with appearances to include "Magic Man" Jim Tate, Dale and the Boys, Suzanne Laughlin, Awesome Possum, Tri-State Music, Bud Simmons, Spinning Jenny, the Joseph Sisters and Route 45.
It's also an inexpensive event for those of us looking for something to do this weekend. Admission is only $1 per person on Saturday and Sunday. For those wishing to get an early show, admission is the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be delivered to a local charity.
It's a great weekend of fun for all ages, and we encourage our area residents to check it out.
Come on out, look over the variety of home-grown exhibits, crafts and good food while spending the afternoon with friends and family.
And, above all, have fun.