By Karen Kin
New attractions and events will shine this year at the Seneca County Fair, in addition to traditional grandstand events.
Fair-goers will have the opportunity this year to attend the US FMX Championship Series. The series, which highlights motorcycle riders performing stunts and jumps, will be 8 p.m. July 30.
The cost for the show is $5 per ticket for grandstand seats. The Senior Fair members who coordinate grandstand entertainment suggested the series be added to the schedule, Senior Fair Board member David Hoover said, and the board approved.
The rodeo this year will be only one night instead of two and will highlight more local participation, Hoover said.
Senior Fair Board approved the rodeo change from a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association event to the International Professional Rodeo Association-sponsored Broken Horn Rodeo, which allows more participants to be from local areas. Hoover said the board couldn't get enough participation for two nights of the PRCA event.
Pricing will be the same as last year, at $7 per ticket.
The demolition derby this year will be Thursday instead of July 30. Hoover said having the derby Saturday "conflicted too much with the tractor pull." Different people are running the derby this year, he said, and at least 15 trucks and quite a few cars have been entered. The derby will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday and tickets are $6 for the infield and $3 for grandstand seats.
The Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association tractor pull is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 31, and tickets are $10 for either grandstand or infield seats.
The draft horse show this year has been moved to noon Wednesday, and the Ohio National Sled Championship horse pull also is Wednesday, at 5 p.m.
Harness racing will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The fair also will have a mini-horse race event this year, which is Sunday.
Junior Fair Fun Night will be Tuesday. The pig scramble begins at 8 p.m., and the antique tractor/machinery parade is at 6 p.m.
Visitors to the fair can see the pedal tractor pull at 5 p.m.Friday and the classic tractor pull at 11 a.m. July 30.
The livestock sale will be July 30 and July 31. The sale begins at 9 a.m. Saturday for hogs and beef and at 1 p.m. Sunday for goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and the back-to-the-farm feeder calf sale.
Further information about grandstand events and other fair highlights can be found at senecacountyfair.org.