Monstrous fun

This year a Monster Truck dropped in to the Albany Independent Fair. He crushed these cars then made a tremendous leap over the smashed vehicles.

The Albany Independent Fair, in operation for over 125 years, kicked off Wednesday.

There aren’t many independent fairs in Ohio — less than a dozen, in fact — but one of them in Athens County opened yesterday.

The Albany Independent Fair stretches five days, from Sept. 8 to 12, at the village fairgrounds. This is one of Ohio’s longest running independent fairs — Albany celebrated its 125th fair in 2019.

Daily entry is $7 per person (3 years and older). A weeklong “season” pass is available for $17, as is a membership ticket (needed for those exhibiting items).

Gates open at 8 a.m. each day. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday Sept. 8

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Baked Good Entries Due (Junior & Senior Divisions)

All Non-Perishable Entries Due (Junior & Senior Divisions)

(Non-perishable items will also be accepted on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm.)

5:00 p.m.

Judging: Agriculture Products, Art, Baked Goods, Canned Goods, Fruits, Horticulture Products, Sewing, & Wood Projects, etc.

6:00 p.m.

Alexander Band Concert (Stage)

Announcement of Ambassadors (Stage) – following Band Concert

7:00 p.m.

Baked Goods Auction (Junior & Senior Divisions) (Livestock Barn)

Monster Trucks (Pulling Track)

Zero-Turn Mower Races (Pulling Track) – following Monster Trucks

8:00 p.m.

Poultry & Rabbits (no large animals) must be in place

8:30 p.m.

Monster Trucks (Pulling Track)

Thursday, Sept. 9

Noon – 8:00 p.m.

All Livestock must be in place

6:00 p.m.

Poultry & Rabbit Judging (Alexander School District) (Livestock Barn)

7:00 p.m.

Truck & Tractor Pull (Pulling Track)

Tami D and Moonville Mustang (Stage)

Friday, Sept. 10

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Demolition Derby Inspection

5:30 p.m.

Power Wheels Derby (Pulling Track)

6:00 p.m.

Lawnmower Derby (Pulling Track)

7:00 p.m.

Demolition Derby (Pulling Track)

Stringed Instrument Contest (Stage)

Saturday, Sept. 11

8:00 a.m.

Dairy Show, Followed by the Swine, Sheep, Meat Goat, Dairy Goat & Beef

(Alexander School District) (Livestock Barn)

8:00 a.m.

Garden Tractor Pull Weigh-In

9:00 a.m.

Youth Garden Tractor Pull (Pulling Track)

6:00 p.m.

Tractor & Truck Pull (Pulling Track)

7:00 p.m.

Jess Kellie Adams (Stage)

Sunday, Sept. 12

9:00 a.m.

Horse Show (Horse Arena)

12:00 p.m.

Parade through Town

Floats — $100, $75, $50, $25, $20

Color Guard & Alexander Marching Band

Introduction of Visiting Royalty & Reception Following Parade

FUN DAY – Alexander FFA (Stage) — Following the Parade

2:30 p.m.

Pedal Tractor Pull Weigh-In (Alexander School District)

3:00 p.m.

Pedal Tractor Pull (Livestock Barn)

4:00 p.m.

Prize Drawing – MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN (Livestock Barn)

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