Animals, people keep cool at Putnam County Fair


By David Trinko - [email protected]



Volunteers from the Columbus Grove Fire Department hose down the roofs of animal buildings at the Putnam County Fair on Wednesday. The goal was to bring down the temperatures of the buildings, which have metal roofs that absorb heat.

Volunteers from the Columbus Grove Fire Department hose down the roofs of animal buildings at the Putnam County Fair on Wednesday. The goal was to bring down the temperatures of the buildings, which have metal roofs that absorb heat.


David Trinko | The Lima News

Contestants on the Trivia Tractor on Wednesday included, from left, Bradley Pataki, Rudy Rodger and Lydia Frey, all of Archbold. The tractor-pulled traveling game show was part of Wednesday’s entertainment at the Putnam County Fair in Ottawa.

Contestants on the Trivia Tractor on Wednesday included, from left, Bradley Pataki, Rudy Rodger and Lydia Frey, all of Archbold. The tractor-pulled traveling game show was part of Wednesday’s entertainment at the Putnam County Fair in Ottawa.


David Trinko | The Lima News

OTTAWA — You can tell things have really heated up at the Putnam County Fair when a firetruck parks next to the animal barns to give them a quick shower.

Volunteers from the Columbus Grove Fire Department visited the annual fair Wednesday afternoon, spraying water from a tanker over the buildings to cool down the metal roofs and, with any luck, cool down the people and animals underneath when temperatures hit the 90s again for the third day of the fair Wednesday afternoon.

It was one of the many ways people tried to beat the heat Wednesday afternoon at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.

Even the animals were a bit on edge, said 12-year-old Isabella Recker, of Bluffton, who was sweeping up the barn near her lambs, “Bob Ross” and “Spot Jr.” It’s her second year of showing at the lamb with her club, Liberty Boys and Girls 4-H.

“They jump around and kind of go crazy because they want to get back where it’s cool,” Recker said. “They drink a lot of water, which is really, really challenging. You can stand here for like five minutes, and they’ll already drink anything.”

Recker’s family has been bringing water from home, since the goats were accustomed to it, she said.

Beating the heat was the goal for many of the people showing their animals at the fair. Most tried to do their chores when it was cooler, avoiding the mid-afternoon heat. Others sprayed water over their hogs or cooled their cows with misting fans.

Recker said she didn’t mind working, as the goats, sheep and lambs barn was comfortable and in the shade.

Agriculture is a highlight of the Putnam County Fair, with everything from rabbits to horses to cows on display as youth projects. This year’s fair also included an attraction to test people’s agricultural knowledge, the Wheels of Agriculture event and its Trivia Tractor.

The Trivia Tractor, pulling behind it a TV-style game show set with room for three competitors, chugged along back to the fair’s agricultural area, attracting some onlookers hoping to win prizes from the free event.

Lydia Frey, of Archbold, was the big winner in one round, getting a 10-point bonus for answering “dairy” the quickest on a question asking what food group cheese was. Even members of the crowd could win, with one audience member winning a prize for successfully recognizing Kenny Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.”

“We just heard him coming around the track and thought we should see what was going on,” Frey said. “It was kind of fun.”

The Putnam County Fair continues through Saturday.

Volunteers from the Columbus Grove Fire Department hose down the roofs of animal buildings at the Putnam County Fair on Wednesday. The goal was to bring down the temperatures of the buildings, which have metal roofs that absorb heat.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/06/web1_PutnamFairDay3-Firefighters.jpgVolunteers from the Columbus Grove Fire Department hose down the roofs of animal buildings at the Putnam County Fair on Wednesday. The goal was to bring down the temperatures of the buildings, which have metal roofs that absorb heat. David Trinko | The Lima News
Contestants on the Trivia Tractor on Wednesday included, from left, Bradley Pataki, Rudy Rodger and Lydia Frey, all of Archbold. The tractor-pulled traveling game show was part of Wednesday’s entertainment at the Putnam County Fair in Ottawa.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/06/web1_PutnamFairDay3-TriviaTractor.jpgContestants on the Trivia Tractor on Wednesday included, from left, Bradley Pataki, Rudy Rodger and Lydia Frey, all of Archbold. The tractor-pulled traveling game show was part of Wednesday’s entertainment at the Putnam County Fair in Ottawa. David Trinko | The Lima News

By David Trinko

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Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

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