Allen fair to offer ‘Fair Food Bash’


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Food favorites like “Hot Dog On A Stick” and corn dogs will be available during the Fair Food Bash at the Allen County Fair on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29.

Food favorites like “Hot Dog On A Stick” and corn dogs will be available during the Fair Food Bash at the Allen County Fair on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29.


Below is the Allen County Fair schedule as of Thursday, Aug. 20:

Friday, Aug. 21

• 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibit and project check-in

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Saturday, Aug. 22

• 9 a.m. Horse and pony pleasure class shows (Pavilion)

• 10 a.m. Dog show (Youth exhibits building)

• 10 a.m. Poultry market meat pen judging (Rabbit barn)

• 2 p.m. Poultry showmanship (Rabbit barn)

• 6 p.m. Horse and pony costume class (Pavilion)

• 8 p.m. Livestock judging contest (Main show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Sunday, Aug. 23

• 9 a.m. Horse and pony contest show (Pavilion)

• 12:30 p.m. Poultry breed show and meat judging (Rabbit barn)

• 12:30 p.m. Llamas/alpacas showmanship contest and fiber judging (Sheep show arena)

• 1 p.m. Sheep showmanship (Sheep show arena)

• 4:30 p.m. Market lamb show (Show arena)

• 6 p.m. Market rabbit fryers and fur judging (Fine arts building)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Monday, Aug. 24

• 8 a.m. Market hog show (Show arena)

• 9 a.m. Rabbit demonstration (Youth exhibits building)

• 9 a.m. Meat goat showmanship followed by meat breeding, all other breeds (Sheep show arena)

• Noon Rabbit judging contest (Youth exhibits building)

• 12:30 p.m. Dairy goat showmanship followed by dairy breeding (Sheep show arena)

• 1 p.m. Rabbit quiz bowl and breed ID (Youth exhibits building)

• 2 p.m. Bred and fed sheep show (Sheep show arena)

• 3 p.m. Market goat show (Main show arena)

• 4 p.m. Harness racing (Grandstand – closed to the public)

• 4:30 p.m. Sheep breeding show (Main show arena)

• 7 p.m. Equestrian achievement test (Pavilion)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Tuesday, Aug. 25

• 8 a.m. Farrow to finish followed by swine showmanship (Show arena)

• 8 a.m. Born and raised market rabbit pen judging followed by single fryer rabbit showmanship (Youth exhibits building)

• 1 p.m. Born and raised market goat show (Sheep show arena)

• 5:30 p.m. Born and raised market lamb show (Show arena)

• 8 p.m. Born and raised steer show (Show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Wednesday, Aug. 26

• 8 a.m. Breeding rabbit show (Fine arts building)

• 8:30 a.m. Beef showmanship followed by beef breeding (Show arena)

• 1 p.m. Dairy beer steers showmanship followed by dairy feeders show (Show arena)

• 4 p.m. Harness racing (Grandstand – closed to the public)

• 4 p.m. Best dressed llama/alpaca show (Sheep show arena)

• 7 p.m. Goat fun show (Sheep show arena)

• 7 p.m. Market steer show (Show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Thursday, Aug. 27

• 9 a.m. Champion of all champions showmanship (Show arena)

• Noon Livestock auction for hogs, goats, chicken, milk, rabbits, lambs and beef and dairy beef steers (Show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Friday, Aug. 28

• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fair Food Bash – open to the public, free admission

Saturday, Aug. 29

• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fair Food Bash – open to the public, free admission

LIMA — Things continue to change for the Allen County Fair, which begins Friday.

On Tuesday, the board announced the fair will open to the public on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29, for what they’re calling a Fair Food Bash — an opportunity for fairgoers to satisfy their taste buds with all the traditional vendors for the season.

Admission will be free and open to all from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., masks will be recommended and vendors will be offering walk-up service.

The rest of the fair will be closed to the public with the exception of immediate family members for junior fair exhibitors, who will be the focus of this year’s fair with all entertainment, rides and games nixed.

“Some of these kids have had these projects for almost a year now. For them, a lot of how this operates is they take what project money they make and roll it into next year’s project,” said Kelly Coble, 4-H youth development lead. “It’s really important to hold these junior fairs because it’s important for them and not doing so may hinder their abilities to do anything in the future. That was kind of our intent in moving forward — also they just wanted something semi-normal. This was our way of trying to keep things as normal as we can and at least give them some normalcy this summer.”

Coble said a few shows did have to be eliminated but for the most part, they will run rather normally.

“The only real change is that in some cases you may see an individual that’s wearing a mask. That’s really the biggest difference,” Coble said.

Shows will be open to immediate family members and the fair board is working with organizations to live stream or broadcast them on WTLW TV44and Facebook Live.

“Just on Monday the health department approved our plan,” Coble said. “For us and the fair board, the struggle for junior fair is helping someone who doesn’t know the background into how a show is running and helping them understand that a lot of social distancing already happens when you’re here because that’s just the natural animal environment.”

Coble said the students have mixed emotions on this year’s fair still.

“I think there are two different mindsets,” she explained. “Some are happy it’s still happening because they get to show and we’re glad for some of our seniors that it’s their last show and they have that ability, but some are still on the sad side that it’s not open to the public, that they don’t get to show their projects off to people outside of their immediate circles and not getting that huge support group you might normally have.”

Food favorites like “Hot Dog On A Stick” and corn dogs will be available during the Fair Food Bash at the Allen County Fair on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/08/web1_Fair-food_04co-1.jpgFood favorites like “Hot Dog On A Stick” and corn dogs will be available during the Fair Food Bash at the Allen County Fair on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29.

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

Below is the Allen County Fair schedule as of Thursday, Aug. 20:

Friday, Aug. 21

• 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibit and project check-in

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Saturday, Aug. 22

• 9 a.m. Horse and pony pleasure class shows (Pavilion)

• 10 a.m. Dog show (Youth exhibits building)

• 10 a.m. Poultry market meat pen judging (Rabbit barn)

• 2 p.m. Poultry showmanship (Rabbit barn)

• 6 p.m. Horse and pony costume class (Pavilion)

• 8 p.m. Livestock judging contest (Main show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Sunday, Aug. 23

• 9 a.m. Horse and pony contest show (Pavilion)

• 12:30 p.m. Poultry breed show and meat judging (Rabbit barn)

• 12:30 p.m. Llamas/alpacas showmanship contest and fiber judging (Sheep show arena)

• 1 p.m. Sheep showmanship (Sheep show arena)

• 4:30 p.m. Market lamb show (Show arena)

• 6 p.m. Market rabbit fryers and fur judging (Fine arts building)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Monday, Aug. 24

• 8 a.m. Market hog show (Show arena)

• 9 a.m. Rabbit demonstration (Youth exhibits building)

• 9 a.m. Meat goat showmanship followed by meat breeding, all other breeds (Sheep show arena)

• Noon Rabbit judging contest (Youth exhibits building)

• 12:30 p.m. Dairy goat showmanship followed by dairy breeding (Sheep show arena)

• 1 p.m. Rabbit quiz bowl and breed ID (Youth exhibits building)

• 2 p.m. Bred and fed sheep show (Sheep show arena)

• 3 p.m. Market goat show (Main show arena)

• 4 p.m. Harness racing (Grandstand – closed to the public)

• 4:30 p.m. Sheep breeding show (Main show arena)

• 7 p.m. Equestrian achievement test (Pavilion)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Tuesday, Aug. 25

• 8 a.m. Farrow to finish followed by swine showmanship (Show arena)

• 8 a.m. Born and raised market rabbit pen judging followed by single fryer rabbit showmanship (Youth exhibits building)

• 1 p.m. Born and raised market goat show (Sheep show arena)

• 5:30 p.m. Born and raised market lamb show (Show arena)

• 8 p.m. Born and raised steer show (Show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Wednesday, Aug. 26

• 8 a.m. Breeding rabbit show (Fine arts building)

• 8:30 a.m. Beef showmanship followed by beef breeding (Show arena)

• 1 p.m. Dairy beer steers showmanship followed by dairy feeders show (Show arena)

• 4 p.m. Harness racing (Grandstand – closed to the public)

• 4 p.m. Best dressed llama/alpaca show (Sheep show arena)

• 7 p.m. Goat fun show (Sheep show arena)

• 7 p.m. Market steer show (Show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Thursday, Aug. 27

• 9 a.m. Champion of all champions showmanship (Show arena)

• Noon Livestock auction for hogs, goats, chicken, milk, rabbits, lambs and beef and dairy beef steers (Show arena)

• 10 p.m. Curfew

Friday, Aug. 28

• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fair Food Bash – open to the public, free admission

Saturday, Aug. 29

• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fair Food Bash – open to the public, free admission

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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