April 24, 2014

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With an event so fair, weather’s rather foul

WELLINGTON — Don’t let the rain dilute your chances on making it out to the Lorain County Fair.The 162nd annual fair kicks off today when the gates open at 7:30 a.m., and although the forecast looks a little dreary, the fair’s fun-packed schedule will continue rain or shine.

“Everything goes on just as it’s supposed to,” said fair board secretary Juanita Wright. “Even the entertainers go on when it’s raining.”

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People take shelter inside a horse barn Sunday as rain falls on the county fairgrounds in Wellington.

A 4-H dog show kicks off the day at 8 a.m. with all kinds of breeds and sizes of dogs being shown off by their young owners.

If the coffee and funnel cakes still can’t get those early risers moving, harness racing at 11 a.m. will put a little pep in your step before the flag-raising ceremony and crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen at noon.

The renovation of the fairground’s grange will give fairgoers a new setting to munch on some Sterk’s catering, and the 12:30 p.m. showing of the open class draft horses is sure to make any horse lover look on with wonder.

A culinary arts bake sale at 5 p.m. will feature the cakes, pies and cookies judged throughout the day, and sales will benefit the local 4-H club’s culinary arts scholarship.

“Believe me,” said Wright, “that stuff at the bake sale is wonderful, but you’ve got to get there when it starts, or it’s all gone.”

Midway rides and a variety of food trailers and booths will fill out the rest of the fairgrounds, and comedian Bill Engvall rounds out this evening with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the fair’s grandstand.

MONDAY’S EVENTS

7:30 a.m.: gates open

8 a.m.: 4-H dog show at show barn 4

10 a.m.: open class judging for registered halflingers and draft ponies

11 a.m.: harness racing

Noon: flag-raising ceremony and crowning of Jr. Fair King and Queen

5 p.m.: culinary arts bake sale

7 p.m.: Horsemanship King and Queen contest

7:30 p.m.: comedian Bill Engvall performs

Tickets are going fast, Wright said, but additional bleachers will be set up to make sure everyone who wants to see the show will get the chance.

Other grandstand performances from the likes of country group Diamond Rio and singer LeAnn Rimes will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Donkey races, tractor pulls, and combine and demolition derbies fill out the rest of the fair’s schedule through the week.

Wright said everyone should take advantage of the fair regardless of the weather, because by this time next week, it’ll be gone until next year.

“We try and pack each day with a whole lot of variety,” she said. “Even if it’s raining somewhere else, come anyway. You never know what the weather is going to do from one minute to the next.”

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.