GALLIPOLIS — A Fair for Our Future, the group dedicated to relocating the Gallia Junior Fairgrounds, is holding a Fall Festival and Haunted House at the fairgrounds this Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m.
“We want to do a lot of positive community activities this weekend and get people together and have fun and find something to keep people in the county instead of going out for different Halloween and Trick-or-Treat festivities,” said event organizer Jennifer Bonzo. “All the money goes to our relocation fund which goes to the phase one part (of fair relocation construction) which is a horse barn and infrastructure and ground preparation.”
Amy Johnson and Ginger Thompson co-chair and co-organize relocation efforts with Bonzo.
It’s a $5 admission and those under the age of five get in free.
“It’s been a year or more with some of us on a relocation committee doing a little of this here and there, trying to raise money with every single event and trying to get momentum going about the relocation and spread the word of moving to the new grounds,” said Bonzo. “The work needs to keep going, so it’s been a good year or more since we’ve been talking to other community members about a fall festival and having more events at the fair to make a true year round facility.”
“There has always been concern and as more construction and building occurred in our watershed area, there’s no place for the water to go so it comes down to the low point that is us,” Gallia Junior Fair Board Secretary Tim Massie has said in the past about fairground flooding. “It’s not a thing that stays up long term. It’s a short term event as far as flooding but it has a big effect because it can prevent us from using the grounds for days or a week or more sometimes.”
Safety of fair goers and participants alike has been discussed for years due to the flooding.
A concert will start the festival at 3 p.m. with Bub Williams, Briar Williams and Nick Clagg and last until 4:30 p.m. A macaroni and cheese cook off and pie baking contest will be held at 4:45 p.m. (for details call 740-441-5203) with a Power Wheels Parade at 5:30 p.m. The Halloween movie and Haunted Trail begins at 7 p.m. as dark sets in. Inflatables and bounce houses will have a fee of $5 and the Haunted Trail will also be $5.
Those interested in camping can reserve spots by calling the campground office at 740-446-4120. Campsite decorating contest judging will be held at 8 p.m. and Trick-or-Treat for campers will be Friday at 7 p.m.
Participants can also pie community figures such as Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin or Coach Alex Penrod to raise further funds for the relocation. A “Pumpkin Chunkin” competition will also be held.
Concessions and vendors will be on hand among other activities.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.