Only 12 more days until fair week

Over 3,000 presale tickets have been sold for the Seneca County Fair. Further planning for this event was discussed as the Seneca County Fair Board met Tuesday. Items that were approved include the manure hauler, golf cart inspection times, and fixing the horse arena footing. This area has issues with the leveling of the ground and will take 500 tons of sand to fix costing around $10,000. Most of the money has been raised through donations, leaving the remaining amount of $2,500 to be split and covered by the Junior Fair Board and the Seneca County Fair Board.

Opening ceremony for the fair is to be 8 a.m. July 22 at the front gate. Coffee and cookies are to be provided, and the New Riegel High School Jacket Company is to perform. If it rains the opening ceremony will take place in the Entertainment Building. The Junior Fair Coordinator, Emily Gilliland, reviewed some activities that will take place during the fair. The Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers (VSCTC) AIM Lab is to be set up July 26 in front of the Junior Fair Board Office. According to the VSCTC website, the AIM Lab provides a variety of resources including interactive, challenging and comprehensive activities, hardware and trainers to give younger students a foundation in a wide range of careers in the following clusters.

Also occurring Friday between 4 and 7 p.m. are the outhouse races, bale stacking contest and a cow patty throwing contest. There will also be a commodity carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. July 23 through July 28 that is to focus on activities of where food comes from and other agricultural learning aspects. Activities happening all week include the Farm Bureau scavenger hunt as well as the petting barn area that will have baby goats, llamas and baby chickens. “The board has done an outstanding job of putting together this week event and making it family orientated and affordable,” said Gilliland.

Additionally, the idea of having a future fair week event to be bicentennial theme was suggested — Tiffin was established in 1820 and the establishment of Seneca County was in 1824. Other topics talked over to still be decided are the 2020 flea market dates and the campers move in date. For more information on the Seneca County Fair visit their updated website www.senecacountyfair.org/.