Horses raced around the track as the sun beat down on 4-H members and their families while they prepared the fairgrounds on Friday for the 2016 Athens County Fair. Every barn, clean and empty, was quiet as if resting before the rush of excitement to follow in the coming week.
- Albany Fire Department to conduct fire hydrant testing
- Hydrant testing
- Hocking College to sell GoBus tickets
- Elmwood Place to close Monday for sewer tap installation
- Rio Grande announces interim president
- Nelsonville water, auditor offices closing for maintenance
- Armitage Road to close for roadway slip repair
- Section of Route 550 closed due to landslide
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.
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.
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.
Kay Tracy and her companion Chip Jackson are definitely “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” when it comes to raising donations for those stricken with cancer.
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.
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.