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After a week of fried food, animal showings and action-packed events, the 164th Athens County Fair has come to a close. Fair patrons called this year one to remember, from the absence of live poultry to the fun-filled grandstand events entertaining the crowd every night.

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Zach Harner, of Bidwell, Ohio, has participated in about a dozen derbies, but Thursday night was his first time at the Athens County Fair. For him, the derby is all about the adrenaline.

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Despite a different poultry showing routine at the Athens County Fair this year, due to the statewide poultry ban put in place to protect the state from avian influenza, 4-Her’s are excited as ever to show off their projects, and Herron Linscott and Mariah Pickering are no exception.

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Ryker Slusher, 2, of Guysville, shows off his country side on kids day at the Athens County Fair on Wednesday. 

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Wednesday at the Athens County Fair was all about the youngsters. Not that the fair isn’t packed with family fun every day, but special care was taken on Wednesday to ensure that the littlest fairgoers had plenty to do.

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Volunteer judge Pam Boyer held a stack of 10 cards in her hands, each with a picture of a chicken, and showed them one by one to exhibitors as they stepped up to the interview lane, testing their ability to identify the different breeds.

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A cow peers out to the hamburger stand directly outside of the beef barn at the fair on Wednesday.