(Posted July 6, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
New to the Madison County Fair, a beer garden is taking up residence at one end of the track infield at the grandstands for four nights.
Open to adults of legal drinking age, the beer garden is open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, Sunday, July 11, Wednesday, July 14, and Friday, July 16. Patrons will find food trucks and rest rooms nearby. There is no extra charge to enter the infield to enjoy the beer garden.
A mix of live music and grandstand entertainment is planned for each of the four nights:
• Saturday–At 7 p.m., Broken Horn Rodeo out of Ripley, Ohio, will put on a rodeo featuring seven events. Afterward, Sean Prather, a band based in Madison County, will perform for the beer garden crowd. Best described as a “country-hearted band with a rock-and-roll soul,” the group appeals to listeners of all types. The lineup includes Sean Prather (aka Junior) on lead vocals and guitar, Zack French on lead guitar, Lorin Smith on drums, Ty Barnes on guitar, and Sean Prather (aka Senior) on bass. BST is the beer garden sponsor for Saturday night.
• Sunday–The KOI dirt drag races will occupy the track with practices starting at 3 p.m. followed by races starting at 5 p.m. McMahon Trucking Centers is the beer garden sponsor for Saturday night.
• Wednesday–Zack Attack, a high-energy band out of Ohio, will take the beer garden stage at 7 p.m., playing rhythm and blues, hip hop, pop, and alternative tunes. The band brings “tight vocals, thumping beats, rocking guitars, sick synths, and more antics than the Animaniacs to every show.” Bluebird Retirement Community is the beer garden sponsor for Wednesday night.
• Friday–The always popular Central Ohio Truck Pull Circuit’s truck and tractor pulls rev up at 7 p.m. Coughlin Automotive is the beer garden sponsor for Friday night.
Paul Gross, Madison County Fair Board president, said the addition of the beer garden is one more way the fair board is expanding entertainment options.
“Some fairs do beer gardens, some don’t. It’s not a novel concept, but it’s not something that’s frequently done here in Ohio,” he said. “I think it will draw more people to the fair.”
It also serves as a fundraising opportunity for one of the local schools. St. Patrick School representatives will man the beer garden. The school will split the profits with the fair.
The 2021 Madison County Fair runs July 10-17. For a full schedule of events, visit Madison County Fair.