Water stood around Seneca County Fairgrounds Saturday as people worked to get ready for the fair's opening day Monday.
Calvin Staib, president of Seneca County Agricultural Society, said he could not believe how much water the fairgrounds had when he arrived Saturday morning.
"When I went in this morning at 7 o'clock, it was just water everywhere," he said.
Flood footage taken of Heidelberg University.
Staib said water was standing on the grounds in the livestock camping area and a camping area behind a merchant building. He estimated water still was 12 feet across the racetrack Saturday evening.
Harness racing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today and Monday.
"We can't race unless they get the whole track because the starting gate won't run," he said.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Water covers part of the racetrack at Seneca County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.
A camper is reflected in standing water at Seneca County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.
Saturday evening, Staib said officials were not sure yet of the state of today's races, and they probably would know this morning about whether races would go on. They were planning to run races, but it would depend on weather, he said.
A race judge is to make the official determination.
By Saturday evening, water was gone from the front camping area, and the back camping area had lowered an estimated 12 to 14 inches.
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"It's receded some," Staib said.
Staib, who took a camper to the fairgrounds for the first time, said the water was on the second step but didn't make it into the camper. He said he hadn't tried to get into the camper Saturday evening. There was no food in it, and nothing was plugged in, he said.
"I just parked it there last night," he said.
Staib said once standing water is gone, the ground dries quickly. He said officials are looking forward to cooler temperatures than last week.
"The weather looks good. ... We expect to have a good fair," he said.
Ed Lentz, agriculture educator for Ohio State University Extension, said if there was flooding from a front that was moving across the area, the impact will be seen by the end of the county fair.
"It's too early (to tell the impact)," he said Saturday.
Lentz said farmers were at the point where they needed rain soon or were going to start feeling yield losses.
"The rain we got about a week to two weeks ago was a very critical rain," he said.
Lent said problems result from crops standing in high water and heat.
"Flooding is not good anytime," he said.