Monday, Wes Howard, chairman of the Logan County Fair Board, was at the fairgrounds in Paris, working, watching the sky and keeping his fingers crossed.
It’s fair week and the weather forecast calls for rain every day.
“I’m as nervous as can be right now,” Howard said.
The fair opens today and will end Saturday. The forecast calls for between 30 percent and 60 percent chances of rain every day.
“We had a downpour for about an hour Sunday,” Howard said. “Right now, the ground is about halfway decent. We’ve had a few minor issues, but I think we’ll be in good shape — rain or shine.”
This week’s forecast also calls for cloudy skies and highs in the upper 80s to low 90s — definitely not typical mid-August weather. To Howard, that’s a blessing.
“Temperatures will be a lot better and hopefully, humidity won’t be too bad,” he said. “Cooler weather will be welcome for sure.”
The Logan County Fair is taking place at the Logan County Fairgrounds located adjacent to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport on east Highway 22.
Along with the improvements to the midway there are new events planned for this year’s fair, according to Howard.
“We have a new carnival this year— Pride Amusements,” he said. “The carnival will have no less than 16 rides each night. They are also bringing a new show, called Hambone Express 3. There will be two pig races Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.”
The carnival opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday. Shows open at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. through Thursday. The show opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Armbands Wednesday through Thursday will be $20. Armbands Friday and Saturday will be $25.
Howard said he’s expecting larger crowds than in the past.
“We’ve got more kids showing animals this year,” Howard said. “The number has risen by 30 kids. Small animals will be shown Thursday and large animals will be shown Friday. The premium auction will take place Saturday along with the Premium Auction Dinner.”
For the area home cooks, a Pie Baking Contest is new on the agenda. Entrants for Junior (ages nine to 18) and Open (ages 19 and up) categories are being encouraged by Lori Howard to enter their favorite pies into this competition. This competition is in addition to the baked goods exhibits that have been an established category in the Logan County Fair. For this contest a participant may have multiple entries and the goods must not need refrigeration. The winners will receive prizes for their accomplishments and the pies will be used for the Premium Auction Dinner desserts.
In the area of livestock, the Water Fowl Category will return to the competition this year, and a new category for Pet Rabbits has been added to the show competitions. This year with the addition of the Pet Rabbit category other young people will be able to show their animals at the fair.
On Wednesday evening an event has been planned for the youth of the community. This event will be led by The Link (Youth Group from Paris First Assembly of God Church) under the leadership of Keith and Crystal Bullock.
There are many county residents that are amateur wine makers. Many may not realize that this is a competition for the Amateur Wine Makers at the fair. The event is being done with advice from Bob Cowie from Cowie Wines. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded.