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Monday, June 09, 2014 7:32 PM

PAULDING – Now that school is out, the kids are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their 4-H and FFA projects. The Paulding County Fair is right around the corner, ready or not!

This year’s edition runs Monday, June 9 through Saturday, June 14 and has lots of new venues to enjoy as a participant or onlooker. Once again, admission and rides are free during afternoons. The fairground is located in Paulding, Ohio.

Games and rides are being provided by D&D Putting and Amusements Inc. All will be open from 1-10 p.m. daily.

Seven rides will fill the grassy area of the midway. Rides will be free from 1-5 p.m.; after 5:30 p.m., the cost will be 75 cents each.

Also available for a fee are miniature golf, carnival games and an arcade. Grenko Pony Rides and Games will also be represented all week. GMH Snyder Farms will have a mechanical bull on the fairgrounds June 9-13.

Another week-long attraction will be a turkey hatching exhibit by Cooper Farms in the block building.

Senior fair board president Dan Howell is excited about this year’s fair.

“The truck pull is always a big draw. We have a demolition derby new this year. The Dazzling Mills Family is new, Connor Rose is new. Some things are back, like the mechanical bull and Matt Enik,” he said. “There is something for everybody. All throughout the day activities are going on with multiple events in the evenings.”

Harness racing at the Paulding County Fair is a long-standing tradition. Races will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10-11. The speed program calls for six heats each evening. Pari-mutuel wagering will be available.

Trotting bred pony races will be run between heats on Tuesday night.

Organizers are again planning a parade of Kentucky Derby-style hats for Tuesday 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.


Opening day activities begin at 9 a.m. with several junior fair shows and judgings. A prince and princess contest is followed by the junior fair parade around the grounds at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following will be the coronation of the junior fair king and queen at 7 p.m.

Evening entertainment includes a cornhole tournament, Thunder of the Night Band Show in the grandstand and Restoration and Morse Family Gospel Singers in the senior pavilion.

Thunder of the Night band show makes its third annual appearance in front of the grandstand. All three schools will be represented in the concert.


Senior citizens will be honored as June 10 is slated as Senior Day. The event is complimentary for all seniors age 60 and older. Refreshments, games, lunch and entertainment will be provided in the Brenda Thomas Senior Pavilion from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clothing judging precedes the annual style review and modeling contest in the afternoon.

Kids can compete in the  Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull in the evening, organized by the junior fair board. Sign up is the day of the event.

Evening entertainment will also include harness racing and comedian and ventriloquist David Crone.


The day’s slate of events is stuffed full of junior fair shows and judgings before harness racing in the evening. Also providing entertainment will be Spittin’ Image, a musical/comedy duo from Greenville.


Veterans’ Day activities for veterans and their spouses are planned in the senior pavilion for June 12 through early evening, highlighted by a bean soup supper starting at 4 p.m.

Integrity Ford will be holding a Drive 4UR Community event from noon-6 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Take a free test drive and Ford Motor Company will donate up to $6,000 to the Paulding County Agricultural Society.

For fun, check out the Goat Obstacle Course event, Frying Pan Toss, Decorated Lamb Contest and the Hay Bale Stacking Contest (followed by a Needle in a Haystack Contest!).

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

The Tri-State Diesel Shoot Out Truck Pull and two performances by the Dazzling Mills Family close out the evening’s entertainment.


Junior fair judgings and shows come to a close June 13, concluding with the Showman of Showmen contest at 4 p.m.

Jack Fetter will offer a kids’ adventure at noon in the senior pavilion.

The Paulding County 500 Race, a drag race involving pedal cars for kids of all ages, begins at 3 p.m. Listen for announcements about registration prior to the start.

Evening events include an open beef show, a performance by country artist Connor Rose and pony pulls.

The new Paulding County Idol will be crowned following Friday’s annual contest. Entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. prior to the event. Cash prizes and bragging rights will be up for grabs.


Hungry fairgoers can visit the Farmers Care Breakfast sponsored by the local Farm Bureau in the pavilion. Free-will donations will be accepted.

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.

A sand volleyball competition and open goat show fill the afternoon hours. Closing the week’s activities will be a demolition derby at the grandstand and country singer Matt Enik in the pavilion.

The demolition derby will include seven or eight different classes.


2014 Paulding County Fair Schedule of Events:


Sunday, June 8

9:00-4pm Livestock Arrival

5:00 Weigh In with exception of swine


Monday, June 9

Cancer Awareness Day

8:00 Vet Checks

9:00 Jr. Fair Rabbit Show

12:00 Jr. Fair Poultry Show

1:00 Food & Nutrition Judging

5:00 Prince/Princess Contest

5-6 Morse Family Gospel Singers - Sr Pavilion

6:00 Jr. Fair Parade Line up

6:30 Jr. Fair Parade

7:00 Jr. Fair Coronation Ceremony

8:00 Thunder of the Night Band Show - GndStd

7:00-8:00 Restoration - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Corn Hole Tourney

8:00-9:00 Morse Family Gospel Singers - Sr Pavilion


Tuesday, June 10

Senior Day

8:00 Senior Refreshments

9:00 FFA Project Judging

10:00 Jr. Fair Goat Show

11:30 Senior Lunch

1:00 Clothing Judging

3:00 Money Scramble

4:00 Style Review/Modeling Contest

6:00 Jr. Fair Swine Show

6:00 Harness Racing/Hat Parade

6:00 I’m No Dummy David Crone Show - Comedian/Ventriloquist - Sr Pavilion

7:00 Registration for Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull

8:00 I’m No Dummy David Crone Show - Comedian/Ventriloquist, Sr. Pavilion

8:00 Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull


Wednesday, June 11

4-H Alumni Reunion

9:00 Small Animal, Horseless Horse & Jr. Leaders Judging

12:00 Jr. Fair Sheep Show

2:00 Water Balloon Toss

2:00 Jr. Fair Dairy Show

4:00 Jr. Fair Beef Show

5:00 Open Swine Show Entries Close

6:00 Spittin Image - Sr Pavilion

6:00 Harness Racing

7:30 Feeder Calf Auction - Show Arena

8:00 Spittin Image - Sr Pavilion


Thursday, June 12

Veterans Day

9:00 Jr. Fair Pleasure & Performance Horse Show

9:00 Cloverbud Judging - Youth Leadership Building

12:00 Integrity Ford Drive 4UR Community Test Drive Event

1:00 Goat Obstacle Course - Show Arena

3:30 Choir Show -?Sr Pavilion

4:00 Bean Supper

4:00 Frying Pan Toss

4:30 Truck Pull Weigh-In

5:00 Decorated Lamb Contest - Show Arena

6:00 Open Swine Show

6:00 The Dazzling Mills Family - Sr Pavilion

6:30 Tri-State Diesel Shoot Out Truck Pull - Grandstand

8:00 The Dazzling Mills Family - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Hay Bale Stacking Contest immediatedly after hay bale stack is Needle in a hay stack contest


Friday, June 13

FFA Alumni/Flag Day

9:00 Conservation/Science Judging

12:00 Jack Fetter Kids’ Adventure - Sr Pavilion

1:00 Family Consumer Science Judging

3:00 Paulding County 500 Race

4:00 Showman of Showman

4:00 Entries Close for open beef show

6:00 Open Beef Show

6:00 Connor Rose Show - Sr Pavilion

6:00 Jr. Fair Contesting Horse Show

7:00 Paulding County Idol Contest - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Connor Rose Show - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Pony Pulls - Grandstand


Saturday, June 14

Flag Day & Scouts Day

8:00 Farmer Share Breakfast - Sponsored by Paulding County Farm Bureau

9:00 Jr. Fair Livestock Auction

12:00 Polls Open For Election of Directors

4:00 Polls Close

5:00 Sand Volleyball - Horse Arena

6:00 Open Goat Show - Show Arena

7:00 Demolation Derby - Grandstand

8:30 Matt Enik- - Sr Pavilion