Judging had already begun prior to the ceremony, which drew a number of local and regional dignitaries. Among them was Marilyn Ashcraft, representing State Auditor Mary Taylor, who presented Brent Eastman, the society's president, with a citation from Taylor honoring the fair.
The ceremony opened with the raising of the American and 4-H flags by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4464 and the playing of the national anthem by a River Valley High School band member.
“This year we have a tremendous lineup of activities, competitions, and entertainment,” said Eastman, “all this comes together to make this fair one of the best around and I'm proud to be a part of it.”
The first full day of the fair concluded with the Little Miss and Mr. Gallia County contest and the annual fair queen pageant, in which 12 young women were in contention for the crown.
Today's events began with swine showmanship at 8:30 a.m. and 4-H project judging at 9 a.m. Market swine are judged at 1 p.m., Boy Scout awards will be issued at 5:30 p.m., Girl Scout awards at 6 p.m., and barnyard games are at 7 p.m. Four-wheel drive truck and semi pulls are at 6:30 p.m. and the Mark Trammell Trio will take the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m.