2015 fair entertainment set

Messengerfile photo by Pat Donahue Tessie Mayse of Cable, Ohio, gallops to victory in last year’s barrel racing champion at the Triple H Rodeo at the Madison County Fair. The rodeo returns to the fair entertainment lineup for 2015.
Messenger file photo by Pat Donahue
Tessie Mayse of Cable, Ohio, gallops to victory in last year’s barrel racing champion at the Triple H Rodeo at the Madison County Fair. The rodeo returns to the fair entertainment lineup for 2015.

(Posted Feb. 19, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Why mess with a good thing?

For this year’s county fair, the Madison County Agricultural Society (senior fair board) is bringing back the same entertainment fairgoers enjoyed last year. The board is firming up details now. The 2015 fair dates are July 12-18.

“We look for crowds. These events are what bring our crowds in,” said Dennis Long, senior fair board member.

Drag racing is back for the second year. Set for Sunday, July 12, the competition is open to all ages. Anyone can enter with any kind of vehicle. The action takes place on the dirt track in front of the grandstands. All entry fees are paid back in class prizes.

“People race anything from mini-bikes to four-wheel drive pickups. We’ve even had snowmobiles out there,” Long said. “It’s entertaining. We hope to get the word out to get more involvement this year.”

The Central Ohio Truck Pull Circuit makes its usual stop at the fair on Tuesday, July 14. New this year is a class for 6,350-pound modified trucks, making for a total of seven classes.

The National Tractor Pullers Association keeps its usual slots, with pulls on Wednesday, July 15, and Friday, July 17. To sweeten the pot for participants, Franklin Equipment is sponsoring extra purse money for pullers who compete in all three of the Clinton, Franklin and Madison county fair pulls. The Clinton and Madison county fairs take place the same week, followed by the Franklin County Fair the next week.

It’s all about the rodeo on Thursday, July 16. A staple at the Madison County Fair for years, the rodeo will bring out cowboys and cowgirls competing in bull riding and barrel racing.

“The crowd seems to really like that,” Long said.

Once again, the fair will end with a smash as the demolition derby takes place on Saturday, July 18, the last night of the fair. The fair board is working on plans for a kiddie pedal pull and ladies’ skillet throw for that afternoon.

Entertainment for Monday, July 13, has not yet been set.

Throughout fair week, the Fire Fighter Training Show will offer children an educational, interactive experience.

For more about this year’s Madison County Fair, attend the next senior fair board meeting. The group meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Della Selsor Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London. Details also can be found online at www.madisoncountyfairoh.com.

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