Editorial: Forget the fools; Allen County Fair is a time to celebrate

The Lima News

The Lima region is blessed to have a great county fair with big-name acts and big-time fun.

This year has been no different at the Allen County Fair, although it seems like anymore, the behavior of a few mindless individuals always seems to step on the enjoyment that others are having — be it at a county fair, a community festival or school event.

We’re not just talking about the group of teenagers who were escorted off the grounds of this year’s fair on Saturday night. We’re also pointing to the so-called adults who feel compelled to hurl obscenities at the people working in the booths of political parties.

This isn’t what the fair’s about or what Allen County is about. It’s totally inappropriate, and we appreciate the quick reaction of sheriff’s deputies and fair officials to stop the foolishness.

What is the Allen County Fair?

It’s a place where old memories are shared and new ones are made. It’s our chance to celebrate who we are as a community.

The Allen County Fair provides a week-long stage that reminds us of the importance of agriculture to our local economy. A walk through the agriculture building or perusing the barns for champions of the goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine and bovine variety reminds us of the “Real American Strength” and work ethic that makes Allen County a great place for employers.

The fair also shows off our entrepreneurial spirit. A walk through the merchants building shows the sundry of business opportunities people have tried here, their innovation and spirit. There are some genuinely novel ideas on display, with people seeing a small opening for a business and bustling to turn it into a wide-open business plan.

The 4-H events, band show and cheerleading competition feature our youth. And let’s not forget about the variety of food and attractions on the midway or the full week of music at the Allen County Fair.

We encourage you to get out to the fair and enjoy it all. Saturday is its last day. Veterans are admitted for free today (Wednesday) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and senior citizens can enter free of charge Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Remember, everything great you see at the Allen County Fair represents something great about living here.


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