Contestants prepare for Waterford Fair

WATERFORD – This is Morgan Antill’s first year taking a hog and a dairy feeder to the Waterford Fair.

The 9-year-old has been busy all summer, leading them, washing them, feeding them and watering them.

“For being so young, I thought it might get old for her,” said her mother, Melissa Antill, 32, of Beverly. “She did a good job through the whole thing.”

The family was at the fairgrounds Wednesday, as weigh-in began for the Waterford Fair, which runs through Sunday.

Daniel Newlen, 16, of New Matamoras, was busy washing the car of his employer, Gary Smith Sr., who owns the ride company at the fair – Calliope Productions, also based in New Matamoras.

Newlen said his favorite part of any fair is the egg roll, a Ferris wheel-type ride with egg-shaped cages instead of benches.

Smith said his grandfather started the business in 1915, and if he can make it another two years, the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

“My grandkids will make the fifth generation,” he said.

Down in the hog barn, Cassie Campbell, 18, and Bennie Lewelling, 18, both of Waterford, were scrubbing down her hog after it arrived Wednesday on the fairgrounds.

For Campbell, the hog show and sale are the favorite part of her fair experience.

“My family has always been involved,” she said. “I have taken a pig since I was 8, and we live on a hog farm.”

Ashley Huck, 29, of Waterford, had her booth set up as a representative of Tastefully Simple, where she has worked for about two years.

“I come for the food,” Huck said. “I like McKitrick’s ice cream and the noodles.”

Her favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate chip cookie dough.

Sisters Hannah and Brier Offenberger, 18 and 10, respectively, and Natalie Smith were helping Natalie’s mother, Beth Smith, art teacher at Waterford Elementary and High School hang work from the students of the two schools in one of the display buildings.

Brier also said she likes the egg roll, while Hannah enjoys hanging out with friends at the fair each year.

Natalie, however, was all about the food and the tractor pull.

“The noodles are good and the funnel cakes,” she said.