Marshall County Fair Heats Up

Jeff Allen’s steers likely enjoyed the bath he gave them in the warm Monday afternoon sun at the Marshall County Fair, as the Waymans Ridge resident prepared his livestock for show at the 66th annual event.

“I’ve been bringing animals here for 37 years,” he said. “We are real pleased with what we have this year. We try to keep them clean for people to look at them.”

As Allen bathed his cattle, Avella, Pa. resident Nicole Kearns tried to get her dairy cow, Boondocks Acres Corona, to take a drink of water to keep cool.

“She’s pregnant, so we need to be careful with her when it’s hot like this,” Kearns said, adding her cows live near Proctor.

Meanwhile, carnival operators were busy setting up rides such as a merry-go-round and a small train ride, among other amusements. The rides are scheduled to run from 6-11 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday; and from 1-4 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.

“This has been a very busy day,” Fair President Beth Bertram said. “It usually heats up like this.”

Aside from the livestock exhibits and carnival rides, the fair features musical shows, tractor pulls, pig races, pie eating contests and bean bag tosses. Bertram said she expects about 300 exhibitors and 40 vendors to be on-site, offering everything from T-shirts to funnel cakes.

Featured musical acts on the festival stage this year include Jamie Lynn Spears at 9 p.m. today; Frankie Ballard at 9 p.m. Wednesday; and John Anderson at 9 p.m. Saturday.