The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 18, 2014

It’s not too early to start planning for the Ashtabula County Fair

JEFFERSON — Now is the time to fulfill the promises made to yourself at last year's Ashtabula County Fair.  

This year you will enter the quilt you finally finished, the blackberry jam your family loves, or one of your famous fruit pies and that fabulous photo of your grandchildren in the pumpkin patch.

Whatever your talents are, entering your projects in the exhibits competition at the fair is easier than you may think. This year's fair will be held Aug. 5-10.

Don't miss the photography division which includes people, bridges, animals and vacation photos. Quilters can enter their best work and gardeners have a large array of categories for their vegetables and fruit — and don’t forget to enter your canned goods. For the children, there are arts and crafts and a culinary division for them to enter their very own cookies. Prizes range from $1 to $15, depending on the class.

All you have to do to is to bring an entry form to the fair secretary’s office under the grandstand by July 29. Floral entries will be accepted at the secretary’s office  until 5 p.m. Aug. 4, allowing growers to see what is in bloom that week.

Submitting entry forms in advance allows building superintendents to plan for the exhibit space required. Most actual exhibits are not due until just prior to the fair. A complete schedule of deadlines and judging is provided in the handbook.

The secretary’s office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8 to assist with entries, if needed. Get a fair exhibitor’s handbook at the office for a complete schedule.

This year’s fair promises to be exciting and fun with lots of midway rides, a demolition derby, rodeo, tractor pulls, truck show, pony rides, horse shows, livestock shows, Swifty the Clown, Jungle Terry and live music from the Swon Brothers. Admission to fairgrounds is $7 — a price that hasn’t gone up in years. Veterans enjoy $1 admission on Thursday, Aug. 7, and seniors get in for $1 on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and Friday, Aug. 8.

Children ages 4 and younger get in free every day.

For more information about the fair or assistance, call 440-576-0557 after July 8.

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