LIMA — Along with the smells of funnel cakes and fried foods, the Allen County Fair always generates all types of free entertainment and this year proves to be no different. This year some of the features include Elephant Encounter, Buffo the Clown, Bear Hollow Wood carvers, Swifty Swine, Jungle Island Zoo, Professor Paddywhack and WAR wrestling.
The Elephant Encounter show features two elephants, one African and one Asian. During the show, elephant trainer and show owner Bill Morris shows the audience the difference between the two elephants and their features. The African elephant, 31, is named Shannon and the Asian elephant, 51, is named Cora. Morris said he shows the crowd how intelligent the animals are when they interact with one another, and usually they offer elephant rides to the public after their shows.
“They are very intelligent,” Morris said. “They’re intelligent enough that they appreciate everything that we do for them.”
Buffo the clown claims to be the world’s strongest clown. Buffo is an ex-professional baseball player who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, ex marathon runner and former school teacher for deaf and blind students turned power lifter, then body builder, then clown.
Bear Hollow Wood carvers are specialty chainsaw wood carvers who will do several wood carving shows this year. The show includes wood carving experts who transform logs into intricate structures. Following all their shows, they will hold an auction for all their wood carvings at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Grandstand Plaza Stage.
Swifty Swine is a group of pigs that race around a 150-foot track for the prize of an Oreo. Featuring pigs like “Brad Pigg” and “Christina Hoguilera,” there are all types of pigs who race around the track.
“We just try to bring the stars to the fair,” Zach Johnson, owner of Swifty Swine said. “It’s a squealing good time so come on out and see our pigs.”
Jungle Island Zoo, based out of Delphos, features an exotic petting zoo with animals like kangaroos, a baby camel, a yak, an axis, a miniature zebu cattle, said owner Ben Osting. He said they also offer close close encounters with birds, like parakeets and close encounters where people may feed the animals. The petting zoo will have a Kids Day Aug. 20, where they open right after the fishing derby at 10 a.m.
“We also offer souvenir photos with baby kangaroos and ring-tailed lemur,” Osting said.
Professor Paddywhack is a one-man vaudeville entertainment show. Rick Adams presents a show including hand shadows, musical saws, juggling, magic, hat tricks, comedy skits and object manipulation.
WAR Wrestling is a professional wrestling company that is based out of Lima. WAR Wrestling presents high-impact, hard-hitting, family-friendly professional wrestling shows.
2012 Allen County Fair