Wednesday, August 5, 1998
Few can escape a fair without getting their hands dirty.
If the petting zoo and gooey food don't do it, Hamilton County fair organizers will offer hands-on experience for fledgling farm folks.
How about milking a cow to get you back to your agricultural roots?
"Let's see you come out and do it," joked Joe Shields, manager of the 143rd Hamilton County Fair.
About 65,000 people are expected to attend the event Wednesday through Sunday, held at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Carthage near Vine Street and Paddock Road.
In addition to the animals, rides and grandstand entertainment, fairgoers may now get their shot at being a farmhand.
Admission is $7, and free for children under 2 and seniors with Golden Buckeye cards. Parking will be $3.
An additional "free day" for admission has been added. Fairgoers can get in free Wednesday through Friday but will have to pay $5 to get on the rides.
Fairgoers also can expect big, loud trucks and tractors.
Three monster truck shows are slated for Saturday with "Transzilla," a mechanical dinosaur that "consumes and eats cars," Mr. Shields said. The shows will be held at 2, 6 and 9 p.m. at the grandstand.
For the first time, sprint-car racing will be held at the grandstand Sunday at 3 p.m.