By Joyce L. Ritchie
The 163rd Ashland County Fair will open its gates with opening ceremonies in the Entertainment Tent at Noon on Sunday. The Ashland Agricultural Society has an offering of a full slate of activities fit for the whole family for a week of fun, fellowship, and educational opportunities.The 2013 Ashland County Junior Fair Queen Abby Motter and King Aaron Pauly will preside over the 2014 King and Queen Contest which is immediately following the opening ceremonies. The folks of Ashland have been served well by these two active young fair enthusiasts with their participation in a number of local parades and events. Queen Abby is a senior at Crestview High School, a member of the District and state track teams, the FFA Chapter, District 2 FFA President and worked over the summer at Camp Muskingum, Claremont Vet Clinic and with her Market Hog fair projects. King Aaron is a business student at the University of Findlay, earned his Eagle Scout Award, and plays soccer for the University. "The Fair for Families" is named as one of the best venues in the state. Thirty elected board members work year-long in association with the Junior Fair, to bring year after year activities that are entertaining, projects that are award winning, and entries to showcase the creative abilities of the Ashland community. The full slate of scheduled events can be found with a web search. Highlights include events in front of the Grandstand: Parade of Bands, OSTPA Tractor Pull, The Oak Ridge Boys, Harness Racing, Lawnmower Derby & Truck Pull, Motocross, Stock Tractor Pull, and Open Draft Horse and Pony Hitch. The Coliseum will be the site of numerous contests and shows as will the Entertainment Tent. A focus on the home and safety will be slated for Wednesdays' Homemakers' Day. Livestock contests will be throughout the week with a dairy promoter's auction on Monday, livestock sales on Thursday and Friday, and a 4-H Contest Baking Auction on Saturday. Adults and youth can participate in the Skillet Throw, Human Tractor Pull, Cornhole Tournament. For the younger set of attendees there is the Kiddie Tractor Pull, Diaper Derby, Toddler's Foot Race, and the Small Fry Car Race. There will be toe tapping music, chainsaw buzzing, and the happy chatter of friends and family meeting on the grounds. The work to keep up and to even improve the grounds has an on-going project of which the fair board believes attendees will enjoy. Season, Membership and Three-day entry tickets are available at the Secretary's Office located inside the front gate at 2042 Claremont Avenue in Ashland.