Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Organizers declare fair a success

Despite some unseasonably cold weather that soaked the Brown County Fairgrounds, organizers of the 164th Brown County Fair have declared it a success.

Due to the poor weather during a large portion of the week, Brown County Senior Fair Board secretary Juanita Barricklow said that attendance was down about one-third from where the fair organizers expected it would be across the whole week. But Barricklow was bullish about the overall support that the fair received from across the region.

“The fair was well supported by Brown County,” Barricklow said. “I’m not sure what the end results will be financially but we did all right. There’s no official tally or anything yet but it was supported well.”

Barracklow revealed that the first day of the fair last Monday was the fair’s biggest in terms of attendance. But the cold air, wind, and rain later in the week forced Sawyer Brown indoors into a packed Danny Gray Activity Center as well as the cancellation of two tractor pulls.

“Considering the weather conditions, I thought we had a great fair,” Senior Fair Board President Orville Whalen said, trying to put a positive spin on the fair. “Of course we had two nights of tractor pull rained out and entertainment had to be held inside. That’s three big hits in the fair. But I think it was great considering the weather.”

While the senior fair events went on, the junior fair and its participants were hard at work showing their animals ahead of the Friday and Saturday sales.

“I thought it was a great success. People kept a positive attitude even with all the rainy weather,” Brown County Extension Director and 4-H Educator Christy Clary said.

Even without a number of politicians supporting the youth during the sales, families and relatives stepped up to the plate to help support the kids, who spent months raising their animals.

“I think the amount of support our kids get from parents and other relatives is great,” Clary said. “It shows what this county is all about. It wouldn’t be possible to have a strong junior fair program and 4-H program without their support. One minute they’ll be in the barn giving each other advice and the next minute they’ll be in the ring competing.”

One of the key projects the Junior Fair Board worked on this year was installing patriotic features in the fairgrounds. A patriotic mural was painted on the bathrooms behind the main ring, new American flags were donated or purchased, and Georgetown and Fayetteville students painted benches.

Clary said that the patriotism on display was very well received.

“I saw a lot of really positive reactions,” Clary said, adding that the junior fair took a break for youth to attend the veterans ceremony. “People loved seeing all the different things throughout the fair. The displays, barns, murals.People were proud of the patriotism the young people were showing throughout the fair.”

Last June, the Ohio Department of Agriculture made the preemptive decision to ban poultry from all state and county fairs, as well as exhibitions, due to the spread of avian flu. In response, youngsters who raised birds raised them as normal, but made an educational poster that was judged and eventually when it went up for sale, buyers only had a chance to look at the poster.

Clary is hopeful that poultry will be back next year, but conceded that it is ODA’s decision.

“I think it went over okay,” Clary said of not having poultry at the fair. “I think it was a new experience in general. I think people supported it. There were several people in the audience for the poster show. People would love to have birds back at the fair next year but we have to wait for ODA to tell us what we can or cannot do.”

Senior Fair Board President Orville Whalen rides as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Brown County Fair parade.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_0651.jpgSenior Fair Board President Orville Whalen rides as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Brown County Fair parade.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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