Photos from the 2012 Madison County Fair
Avery Roberts pets a cow during thePassport to the Madison County Fair tour. Fifty children age 5 to 8 took part, learning about farming and the fair.
Molly Barber washes her hands in the FFA Barn after seeing a mother pig and her piglets and baby chickens and ducks on thePassport to the Madison County Fair for 5- to 8-year-olds.
Jenna Shepherd takes a sheep for a walk during thePassport to the Madison County Fair tour for 5- to 8-year-olds.
Donnie Benard of the Mount Sterling Leprechans 4-H Club competes in the Junior Fair cake decorating contest.
Emily Davis of the Canaan Pathfinders 4-H Club adds icing to her entry in the Junior Fair cake decorating contest.
Connor Baird, Lexi Swaney, Jenna Shepherd, Taylor Roberts, Molly Barber, and Lane Lyons receive instruction on how to sew in the Della Selsor Building during thePassport to the Madison County Fair tour for 5- to 8-year-olds.
Jenna Shepherd drops her fishing line into the tank in hopes of landing a big fish.
Haylee Henry maintains good control of her pig during the Junior Fair swine show for 8- to 11-year-olds. It paid off; she placed first. Henry is a member of the Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H Club.
Corey Cress from the Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H Club works his pig around the show ring. He placed first in his class.
During the Junior Fair swine show, (from left) Zachary Mason of the Buckeye Rangers 4-H Club, Trevor Barker of the Green Range 4-H Club, Corey Cress of the Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H Club, and Parker Wright of the Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H Club work the arena, keeping their pigs between them and the judge. Cress finished first, Wright placed second, Barker finished third and Mason finished fourth.
Alyson Petee of the Green Range 4-H Club works to get out of the corner in the Junior Fair swine show. Petee collected a fifth-place ribbon for her efforts.
Lauryn Kronk of the Jumpers & Flyers 4-H Club shows her rabbit to the judge during showmanship competition for ages 17 and up.
All ears, both rabbit and human, listen to the judge in the Junior Fair rabbit showmanship contest for ages 17 and up: (from left) Amanda Human of the Town and Country Kids 4-H, Allen Cooley of Jumpers & Flyers 4-H, MacKenzie Walters of Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H, Angelica Cooley of Jumpers & Flyers 4-H, Salena Stewart of Fairfield Darts 4-H, Jessica Boggs of Double L II 4-H, Corie Campbell of Jumpers & Flyers 4-H, Desiree Holton of All That & A Bag of Shavings 4-H, and Libby Adelsberger of Monroe Winners 4-H.
In the age-16 class for rabbit showmanship, participants included: (from left) Amanda Boggs of Double L II, second place; John Robinette of Helping Hands Happy Hearts 4-H, fourth place; Jacob Clark of Barnyard Kids 4-H, fifth place; Dusty Dillon of Buckeye Rangers 4-H, third place; and Nathan Barnhart of All That & A Bag of Shavings 4-H, first place.
Nathan Barnhart of All That & A Bag of Shavings speaks with the judge during the Junior Fair rabbit showmanship show. Barnhart finished first in his class.
Cole Howard works his goat in the open class showmanship competition for 10- and 11-year-olds held July 8. He finished first.
Liam Aicher, 7, visited the Madison County Fair July 8 to enjoy the rides. He waited a half-hour for this particular ride and said afterward that it was well worth it.
Ruth Peart of the Prairie Raiders 4-H Club singsPopular during the Junior Fair talent showcase on July 8. Peart finished first in the junior division.
Devon Jones of the L-Town Dogs 4-H Club playsSpirited Away on piano in the Junior Fair talent showcase on July 8. Jones finished first in the senior division.
Trevor Engle and Rachel Harper were crowned the Junior Fair king and queen on July 8. Engle is a member of the Mud Run Hustlers 4-H Club. Harper is a member of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club.
The 2012 Madison County Junior Fair royalty were crowned on July 8: (from left) prince, Spencer Smith of the Canaan Pathfinders 4-H Club; princess, Marina Sweet of the Helping Hands Happy Hearts 4-H Club; queen attendant, Emily Davis of the Canaan Pathfinders 4-H Club; queen, Rachel Harper of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club; king, Trevor Engle of the Mud Run Hustlers 4-H Club; and king attendant, Marcus Adkins of the Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club.
Zach Ruhe of South Charleston takes aim during the large-car division of the demolition derby on July 8. Ruhe finished first.
Ryan Ruhe of South Charleston tries to free himself from the concrete barrier to continue in the July 8 demolition derby. Unable to do so, he finished second in the large-car division.
The crowd watches from the grandstand and lines the fence during the demolition derby on July 8.
Hailey Rheinscheld, 4, of Mount Sterling straps into the Trampoline Thing on the midway. She did four backflips during her turn.
As nighttime falls, Sunday evening riders go around and around on the Round-Up ride.
Arington Cordell, 9, of the Buckeye Rangers 4-H Club practices walk/trot showmanship with her horse, Corby. She comped in shows on Monday and Tuesday.
Aniston Cordell, 5, watches from the top rail of the outdoor horse arena with help from her grandmother as her sister, Arington, practices with her horse.
Ohio Idol finalists performI Gotta Feeling on the grandstand stage on July 9. The performers come from around the state and include Blake Soles, Abby Boland, Jordan Clark, Taylor Johns, Hannah Johnson, Brianna Marie Bell, Ashely Everts, Nancy Wilson, Condrea Webber and Hawc Battle.
As the sun sets on the evening of July 9, dust reflects in the glow and fair goers make their way to their cars.