LIMA — The Allen County Fair wrapped up Saturday night with the ever-popular Livestock Scramble.
Bently Dellenbaugh won $5 and a certificate for catching a chicken and bringing it into the center square in only seven seconds. It’s the second year in a row he won for his age group.
“I jumped on it,” he said.
The Dellenbaugh family of Harrod had three children entered into the Livestock Scramble and no they do not live on a farm. The kids got their training at a relative’s home.
“My sister’s (farm). They play with chickens all summer long. They wrangle chickens at her house,” said Ashley Dellenbaugh.
The Livestock Scramble is in its second year at the fair.
“It’s just a little bit of fun. It is hilarious to watch. The kids love coming out and trying to get these animals,” said Penny Kill, Fair Director in charge of the event.
The kids wrangled 36 chickens, 72 pigs, and 18 calves during the evening.
While the fair is now over, the planning has already begun for next year’s event.
“The board’s got a fair recap meeting we’re going to do next week where we’ll be evaluating everything we did this year,” said Bob Fricke, fair manager. “We’ll look at what we’re going to change, things we need to fix or what things did we try that we need to adjust a little bit.”
Fricke says they’ve been hard at work to bring in an act of the same magnitude of Kane Brown, which opened the fair entertainment.
“Kane was a year and a half process and we’ve already got our offer in for next year but nothing’s been confirmed. It’s going to be another big country act. Hopefully we’ll get the confirmation on that soon so we can get it announced, but it’s just a long process when you’re working on the concert and getting the acts and routing them to Allen County and Lima, Ohio, for the fair so we’re excited,” said Fricke.
Overall, Fricke was pleased with how this year’s fair went.
“It’s been an exciting week. We started off big with the concert, great livestock shows all week. We had a few weather challenges but attendance appears to be up over last year so overall a lot of hard work, a lot of great people behind the fair. It’s very successful,” he said.
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