Seneca fair to be packed with activities

Seneca County Agricultural Society members finalized plans for the county fair running July 21-27. The theme is City Meets Country, It’s Fair Time!

The opening ceremony occurs at the front gate starting at 8 a.m. July 21 with cannon fire and a 21-gun salute to veterans. Veterans are to be recognized all day July 21. The entertainment building is the site of a 4 p.m. memorial service that is to include another 21-gun salute followed by a meal provided by Real Living Generations Realty. Retired Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid is to be the guest speaker. Veterans wearing any part of a military uniform get in free that day.

Grandstand events for the week include harness racing, pig scramble, draft pony and horse pulls, tractor pulls, demolition derby and two nights of rodeo. The entertainment building provides live music every day and kids’ favorite “Granpa Cratchet” returns. Tickets for the rides are 50 cents and will be set up by Tuesday of fair week.

Something new this year is the coloring wall in the education building. Hundreds of crayons are available to color the 5-foot by 16-foot picture portraying activities found at a county fair.

Visit the Seneca County Fair on Facebook to win free tickets to the fair.

Brian Staib reported the LED scrolling sign to be erected near the front entrance to the grounds has been ordered, but will not be delivered in time for the fair. Cost for the sign is $11,408 and it is to be shipped Aug. 27.

Ray Luhring said the Junior Fair Foundation paid $9,660 for sealing blacktop.

In other business, the board:

Discussed spraying the grounds for mosquitoes.

Heard 24 stumps had been ground and removed.

Has a disagreement over the proposed sale committee changes for the sale of livestock champions without consulting the board.

Discussed borrowing gates for the sheep pens from the Attica and Wyandot county fairs.

Approved the 2015 flea market dates.

Heard the booth building has been set up.

Resolved that board members receive camping permits and parking passes during fair week for the time they invest in the fair.

Discussed repairing the grandstand steps for safety and the insurance company.

Heard all accounts total $86,616.

The agricultural society is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12.