WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County Fair, set to begin Sunday, has found a way to allow people to be in two places at once this year with 10, 64-inch televisions placed around the fairgrounds so attendees can watch playbacks of different fair events.
“It’s not perfected yet, I can tell you that,” said Jack Hayzlett, Auglaize County Fair manager. “We’re still working on it. If you could take a video on your phone and send it in, we can put it on the television. There is a way for us to use your phone to video live.”
The televisions were donated by the Farmers Alliance Group in Waynesfield, Hayzlett said. This year, they will be focusing on playing phone video taken by fair attendees. People with videos can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The videos will be examined and if the content is appropriate, it can be posted to the televisions within minutes of submission.
Next year, the plan is to purchase a camera so events can be live streamed to the televisions with higher quality picture and sound, Hayzlett said.
Hayzlett also said two new competitive events have been added to the fair this year: adult big wheel racing and the sports challenge.
“We lay out a course with hay bales, and you can either race against your friend, buddy or family or against the time clock,” he said. “At the end of the day, the winners of each division will win a prize.”
The big wheels are just like big wheels for little kids complete with plastic wheels which will allow them to slide around as they’re being raced. It should be a lot of fun, Hayzlett said.
The sports challenge is similar to the obstacle course, with nine stations featuring different sporting challenges. Participants will do activities like putt a golf ball, throw a football, shoot a basketball and other sporting events in rapid succession. Each night during the fair, different community agencies, such as fire departments and police departments, will compete against one another at their choice of big wheel racing, sports challenge or obstacle course.
The grandstand events are essentially the same this year as last, Hayzlett said. The cheerleading competition is being held at 7 p.m. Monday and is free to attend. Saturday will feature two monster truck showings at 4:30 and 8 p.m. Parents and children will be able to approach and touch the trucks.
“Our biggest night is Thursday night, which is the demolition derby,” he said. “Every year for the last 20 years, this has been our biggest night. I don’t know how we’ve gotten so big on the demolition derby, but they love it here.”
Seventy cars participated in the derby last year, twice the size as other derbies at other regional fairs, according to Hayzlett. Last year, the event was attended by 2,500 people.
Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362.