MARIETTA - The Junior Fair large animal sale and a demolition derby will close out the Washington County Fair tonight.
Fair officials say attendance at the fair has been up from previous years, with attendance totals expected to reach 23,000 for the four-day event, which began Saturday and runs through today at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta.
"It's been so far, so good," said Steve Tornes, fair board president. "We're not setting any records, but we've had really solid turnouts and most everyone I've talked to seems really pleased with the way things are going."
Photo by Brad Bauer
Riders react Monday afternoon during a ride on “The Round Up” at the Washington County Fair. The fair closes tonight with the annual demolition derby and large animal auction.
The grandstand was expected to be filled for the third straight night Monday for rising country music star Lee Brice.
Katie Barnes, 16, and friend, Kelly Miller, 15, both of Marietta, said they were anxiously awaiting the start of the concert Monday evening.
"All I want is to make sure we can get a really good seat and maybe get a picture with him or an autograph," Barnes said. "He's really, really good, and really, really cute."
Months of hard work paid off Monday evening as 4-H small animal projects were sold at auction at the fair.
Josie White, 12, of Lower Salem, said she was proud of her efforts, which won her the premier exhibitor honors in the goat sale. Her goat, named Jasper, also was named grand champion and "Best born and bred in Washington County."
"I have no idea how that happened," she said. "This is the first year I've taken a goat as a market project, but my family has been raising goats for five or six years."
KyLynn Buchanan, 13, of Lower Salem, took in just over $400 for the sale of her rabbit pen.
"I did a lot better this year in my skill-a-thon and in showmanship, so I was happy with that," she said. "I'll use some of the money for feed and supplies, but the rest I'll save for a car and some for college."
The large animal sale is set for 6 p.m. today.
Today's schedule includes:
* 9 a.m.: Junior Fair Dairy Showmanship (Cattle Arena)
* 10 a.m.: Junior Fair Horse Show (Horse Arena); Dairy Breeding Judging (Cattle Arena)
* 4 p.m.: Midway opens
* 5 p.m.: Large Animal Buyer Reception (Multi Purpose Arena)
* 6 p.m.: Demolition Derby (Grandstands); Junior Fair Large Animal Sale (Cattle Arena)
* 8 p.m.: Exhibits may be removed
* 11 p.m.: Midway closes.