WAPAKONETA — Kelli and Rod Roettger, of Wapakoneta, spent Monday at the Auglaize County Fair with their grandson, 6-year-old Jefferson Brown, of Cincinnati.
While he was checking out the rides, the Roettgers were checking out the fair food.
“The food’s good. We came out for dinner,” said Kelli who claimed the waffles are what she’s most interested in eating, while Rod longs for a sausage sandwich.
But the fair is more than just food.
“I like going through the exhibits and looking at what the kids made,” he said.
This is the first year for a new amusement ride company after the last one decided they no longer wanted to come to the Auglaize County Fair.
Because the company, Amusements of America, was on the other side of Indiana it took them until Monday morning to arrive and set up.
Ed Doenges, fair manager, says so far he’s pleased with the selection of rides.
“It feels good to have the rides in. It looks like we’ve got some nice rides, some bigger rides. We’re excited to see them in full swing,” said Doenges.
Ride safety is also paramount on the mind of fair officials.
“State ODA comes in, does the inspections and I feel comfortable when those guys leave that things are done and they’re done right,” he said.
Amusements of America has a one-year contract with the Auglaize County Fair to provide the rides.
“With anything new coming in you never quite know what to expect but I think we got a good ride company. We did do some checking on them before we signed with them and everybody I talked to said yes they are a very good ride company,” said Doenges.
On Monday night the threat of rain caused the cheerleading competition to get started earlier than expected and that pushed the king and queen coronation to later in the evening.
Today is Kid’s Day at the fair.
“We’ve got the kid’s tent set up. There’s a lot of different stuff going on there. They got crafts and different games and stuff set up,” said Doenges.
At 6:30 p.m., it’s the first of two days of harness racing in the grandstand.
“I know on Tuesday night we’ve got 14 races which is good for us,” he added.
The Auglaize County Fair runs through Aug. 3.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.