POMEROY — With the exhibits in place, the livestock in their stalls, and the new show ring properly dedicated, the 149th annual Meigs County Fair will officially begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight with ceremonies in front of the grandstand.
To kickoff the opening program, there will be a Junior Fair parade to carry out the theme “Country Pride … County Wide” and the announcement of the Junior Fair Queen and other royalty who will preside over fair activities all week. Little Miss and Mister will be selected Monday morning and will also be taking part in many of the week’s events.
Judging of the many exhibits and shows got under way Saturday and will continue all week. There will be music and other activities on the hill stage, truck and tractor competitions on the pull track, and horse shows in the show ring as the week moves along. Livestock shows will be taking place in the new show ring where more than 300 people can be comfortably seated on the new bleachers and on Saturday the traditional livestock sale will take place there.
Top entertainment at the fair will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday with Craig Campbell on stage before the grandstand.
This year for the first time in many years pari-mutuel betting will take place at the harness horse races on Thursday beginning at noon.
Games and other activities for the kids, who will be admitted free on Tuesday and Saturday, will be going on all week, and senior citizens will have their special free admission day on Thursday with bingo games and other activities in the grange building.
The gates to the fairgrounds open at 7 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. The midway rides operate from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Saturday.