GALLIPOLIS — It’s almost the first week in August. That can only mean one thing in Gallia County.
It’s fair time.
Season passes for the Gallia County Junior Fair, which runs Aug. 1-6, can now be purchased from Gallia County 4-H clubs, advisors and members as well as the following business locations: All Gallia County offices and branch locations of Ohio Valley Bank, Wesbanco, People’s Bank and Farmer’s Bank.
Cost of the season pass will be $24 and will admit one person to the fairgrounds and shows each day of the fair (does not include rides). Note that season passes will only be available Monday at the fair gates.
The Gallia County Junior Fair officially opens at 6 p.m., Aug. 1, with “Gallia County Night,” and the schedule of events kicks off with an opening ceremony on the Holzer Main Stage at that time. But before the “official” opening ceremony, there are plenty of activities, animal showings and judging taking place.
Aug. 2 features “Religious and Senior Citizens Night,” complete with evening entertainment from The Nelons at 7 p.m. and Big Daddy Weave at 8:30 p.m. on the Holzer Main Stage.
Events on Aug. 3 include Beef Breeding Show and Pet Rabbit Judging at 9 a.m., along with Extreme 4-H Cowboy Trail Competition; a helicopter display at 11 a.m. courtesy of HealthNet Aeromedical Services; Sheep Showmanship at 3 p.m.; Market Lambs at 6; Wild West Wednesday in the Horse Arena, also at 6; Field Stock Tractor and Semi Pull competition at 6:30 p.m.; and country music newcomer Chase Bryant at 8:30 p.m. on the Holzer Main Stage.
The Show Arena will be packed full of events all day Aug. 4, featuring the Steer Show, Steer and Feeder Calf Showmanship Contest, Feeder Calf and Dairy Feeders, Dairy Show and Master Exhibitor.
The day will also feature various events at 12:30 p.m. on the main stage, including the Kiwanis Youth Program, Bubble Gum Blowing, Watermelon Eating and many other events. The evening will feature a costume contest, pony pull and miniature horse pull event, and country music singer Tucker Beathard at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage.
The 56th annual Market Hog Sale begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 5, followed by freestyle riding at 10 a.m. and Pretty Baby Contest, also at 10 a.m., at the Holzer Main State.
Afternoon activities Aug. 5 will feature the Horse Skill-A-Thon, Cloverbud Graduation, Holzer Clinic Small Animal Awards and Holzer Clinic Activity Building Awards. The Kiddie Tractor Pull will take place at 6 p.m. The evening will also feature the OSTPA Sanctioned Tractor Pull and musical entertainment by Riverside Cloggers and local band StillWater.
On the fair’s final day Aug. 6, the Show Arena will showcase the fourth annual Market Goat Sale, 34th annual Tobacco Sale, 58th annual Market Lamb Sale and 65th annual Market Steer Sale.
On Saturday evening, the Demolition Derby will start at 5 p.m. and feature lawn mowers, mini-car semi stock, stock full-size and stock full-size modified. Rick K and the Allnighters will take the Holzer Main Stage at 8:30 p.m., finalizing this year’s fair events.
The daily admission price will be $10 per day and includes entertainment, shows and amusement rides. Daily tickets are available only at each of the entrance gates to the fairgrounds. Children under 2 years of age are admitted free, however they must purchase a ride pass to be admitted onto the rides. Senior Citizen Day will be observed on Tuesday. Senior citizens must show their Golden Buckeye Card to be admitted free to the fairgrounds.
People interested in becoming a member of the Gallia County Agricultural Society can do so for a $2 membership, if living in Gallia County and are 18 years of age or older. A membership entitles the member to vote in the annual election of directors, which is held on the third Thursday in September. Memberships will be on sale in the fair board office during the fair and at other locations to be announced later after the fair.
Memberships do not admit people to the fair or any of the rides.
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