The Fair Board, 4-Hers, livestock, vendors and fair goers alike couldn’t ask for better weather to accompany the week of the 2021 Jennings County Fair.
“It’s amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fair day like this,” said Fair Board President Randy Shepherd.
Sunshine, a light breeze and temperatures averaging in the low eighties is the sweet spot for outdoor activities, and there’s a myriad of those to enjoy for all ages at this year’s fair.
Monday’s and Tuesday’s grand stand events were the Truck and Tractor Pull and the TQ Midgets respectively. The Mud Sling, Flat Drags and Demolition Derby will follow, with the grand finale of Big Hat Rodeo on Saturday. The only change in the schedule is locals will not be able to participate in the rodeo for insurance reasons. No matter, as it’s sure to be a fantastic spectator event regardless.
Before the evening grand stand events, take the time to stroll through the livestock barns and grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious food vendors. Take a chance at winning a prize at one of the midway games or hold onto your hat as you spin around on one of their carnival rides. Sadly, the beloved carousel will not be available this year as it was caught in a traffic accident during transportation. Not to worry, there are plenty of other fun and exciting rides, including the hot air balloon rides on Saturday starting at 6 p.m.!
If rides and games aren’t your thing, you can still bring a chair and sit and enjoy live music every night at the stage near the Community Building. Night Owl Country Band will be playing Thursday night, Sounds of Summer on Friday and Back In The Day will round out the week on Saturday, all starting at 7 p.m.
“Come out and enjoy some good fair food!” said Shepherd.
The Plain Dealer & Sun also has a booth in Building Three, along with other vendors, including the Jennings County Democratic and Republican parties, Woodall Home Improvement and more! Many are giving away raffle tickets and free goodies. If you stop by PD&S’s booth, you can enter for a chance to win Holiday World tickets!
The extensive planning and organizing of all the entertainment and food vendors, in addition to going two years without a fair, is really drawing in the crowds. Both the fairgrounds and Sand Creek Elementary parking lots were completely full just after 7 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday. With a forecast of good weather and different grand stand events and live music every night, it’s likely similar numbers will continue the rest of the week.