The Clermont County Fair kicked off Sunday, July 26 with a parade, selection of fair royalty and a free preview day for county residents. According to fair board president Bill Scharber there are record numbers of people visiting the fairgrounds in Owensville.
“We had our free day on Sunday and usually people are here until about 6 or 6:30 p.m. but they stayed until 10 p.m. and our vendors were kept busy,” said Scharber. “I think it is because the fair offers families reasonable entertainment close to home. We are very economically friendly this year.”
A competition was held Sunday for those to reign as royalty during the week. Those selected include, King, Cody McConnell; Queen, Brittany Bayne; Prince, Tyler Stegbauer; Princess, Carley Snider; Beef Queen, Shelby Church; Caprine Representative, Samantha Manning; Equine Representative, Kristin Koch; General Projects Representative, Anna Green; Small Animal Representative, Jeri Plante and Swine Representative, Mariah Messink.
"We had a record breaking attendance on Monday," said Scharber. "With the addition of the OSTPA tractor pull and the baby contest, we had a very good night."
Scharber also noted that the weather has been cooperating and helping to bring the crowds.
The Junior Fair Demonstrations were held on Monday and a large number of youth participated. The youth offered some timely information on finding ways to save money, build a cardboard canoe, planning and planting a garden and steps to help youth 8 - 12 years old get a job.
Judges were kept busy throughout the day on the fair grounds judging entries of everything from goats and chickens to plants and flowers.
Visitors to the fair also shared their expectations as they waited for the judges to view projects belonging to their loved ones.
"I love to come to the fair and watch my grandchildren show their 4-H projects," said Janet Carpenter of Batavia. "I have three grandchildren with projects this year and I'm looking forward to watching them."
Food vendors and those who manned the booths were also kept busy with a steady stream of customers.
"Coming to the fair every year gives me a chance to see friends whom I seldom see," said Carol Oetzel of Pierce Township. "I love working the Mary Kay booth and chatting with everyone who passes by."
The demolition derby with mini vans and full size trucks was expected to draw a large crowd on Tuesday. Demolition derbys are also on the schedule for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30 and again Saturday, Aug. 1.
"We offer good family entertainment, free parking and free rides with paid admission," said Scharber. "The entire family can have fun and not spend a lot of money."
More free entertainment, shows and judging was on tap through Saturday, Aug. 1 for those who have not yet visited the Clermont County Fair. The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to midnight through Saturday, Aug. 1. The fairgrounds are located just off state route 50, in Owensville. For a complete lineup of upcoming events, log onto www.clermontcountyfair.org or call the board office (513) 732-1657.