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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:22 PM


Monday was opening day of the Paulding County Fair. Crowning of junior fair royalty Monday evening highlighted the day.


This year’s queen and king are Emma Schmidt and Dalton Thomas.


Emma is the daughter of Jay and Jodie Schmidt of Payne and is a member of Blue Ribbon Workers 4-H Club. Dalton is the son of Kenny and Stephanie Thomas of Oakwood and is a member of Paulding FFA.

Members of the court include first runner-up to the queen, Blair Baumle; second runner-up to the queen, Kara Burak; first runner-up to the king, Matthew Klopfenstein and second runner-up to the king, Dustin Carnahan.

Monday’s events also included the junior fair rabbit show and poultry show, as well as food and nutrition project judging.

Tuesday was Senior Day with a breakfast, luncheon and several events held for area senior citizens in the Brenda Thomas Senior Pavilion.

Judging during the day covered FFA projects, junior fair goat show and swine show and clothing judging and the Style Review and modeling contest.

Evening entertainment was slated to include the band show, kiddie tractor pull, Jamison Road band and ventriloquist David Crone.

Games and rides are being provided by D&D Putting and Amusements Inc. All will be open from 1-10 p.m. daily. Grenko Pony Rides and Games will also be represented all week. GMH Snyder Farms will have a mechanical bull on the fairgrounds through Friday.

Seven rides will fill the grassy area of the midway. Also available for a fee are miniature golf and carnival games, which will be along the racetrack.

Harness racing at the Paulding County Fair is a long-standing tradition. Races begin at 6 p.m. today day and Thursday, June 12-13. Plans are for six heats each evening. Trotting bred pony races will be run between heats on Wednesday night.

Organizers are again planning a parade of Kentucky Derby-style hats for Thursday night before the races start. Winner of the parade will get the honor of riding in the starting gate that evening.

Pull-in and weigh-in of junior fair animal projects are on Sunday, so all entries will be ready for opening day 8 a.m. veterinarian checks.

“We might be a small fair, but we’ve got everything the bigger fairs do,” said Shaffer in closing. “And thanks to our corporate sponsors, we don’t have to charge.”

TODAY, JUNE 12 • 4-H Alumni Reunion

The day’s slate of events is stuffed full of junior fair shows and judgings before harness racing in the evening,  starting at 6 p.m. Also providing entertainment this evening will be John Currant and the Renegade, a country band from Fort Wayne, performing in the senior pavilion at 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 • Veterans’ Day

Veterans’ Day activities are planned in the senior pavilion for June 14 through early evening.

New this year is a choir show in the pavilion at 3:30 p.m. as part of the veterans’ day event. Several groups from local schools will entertain.

The always entertaining open swine show gets under way at 6 p.m. Of special interest are the Over and Out and Peewee showmanship classes.

Harness racing at 6 p.m., a performance by the Muleskinner Band at 8 p.m. and a hay bale stacking contest at 8 p.m. will close out the evening’s entertainment.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 • FFA Alumni/Flag Day

Junior fair judgings and shows come to a close this day, climaxing with the Showman of Showmen contest at 4 p.m.

New this year is the Paulding County 500 Race. This will be a drag race involving pedal cars for kids of all ages. Trophies will be presented to the winners of age categories 5-8, 9-11, and 12 and up (including adult). Sign up is the day of the competition, held along the road west of the main gate.

Evening events include an open beef show at 6 p.m., Tri-State Diesel shoot-out truck pull at 6:30 p.m. and a Junk Yard Band concert at 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 • Safety & Scouts Day

Hungry fair goers can visit the Farmers Care breakfast at 8 a.m., sponsored by the local Farm Bureau in the pavilion.

Junior fair animal projects will be taken through the sale ring during the annual auction beginning at 9 a.m.

Polls will open for the director election at noon in the fair board office and will remain open until 4 p.m.

The much anticipated mud volleyball competition, and open rabbit and goat shows fill the afternoon hours.

Mixed Motor Sports from Van Wert will be conducting mud races with a $2,500 purse at the grandstand beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Closing the week’s activities will be the always popular Paulding County Idol at 6:30 p.m., followed by country singer Matt Enik in the pavilion at 8:30 p.m.