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Ohio's Oldest Fair To Celebrate 142 Years
Posted on: 09/25/2013
By  Andy Rex
 
Ohio’s oldest independent fair is located here in Ohio’s oldest county. Tomorrow through Sunday, the Barlow Fair celebrates 142 years.
 
WMOA News spoke with Barlow Fair Board member Denise Tessum, who says it’s something the entire county can be proud of…
 
“With so many fairs, over the years you can see them declining.  We are actually getting even bigger.  We have over 60 vendors coming to Barlow Fair this particular September.  In addition, we have a mechanical bull, which is a new attraction this year.  We also have a haunted house, which is another new attraction this year.  We have Max Barker returning back with his kite workshop – free for the kids to make kites and fly them on the hillside – as well as 28-foot kites flying over the fairgrounds.”
 
This year, there are tractor pulls each day, along with a variety of entertainment. And, Tessum says there’s a historical aspect to the fair…
 
“We have our Civil War re-enactors coming back again this year with their cannons.  They will be doing live cannon shoots, and we will be making those announcements this year.  Last year, we evidently scared quite a few of our fairgoers.  The significance of having our Civil War re-enactors with us is the fact that our fairgrounds were founded by our Civil War veterans.  When they came back from the Civil War, they began working on creating Barlow Fair.  That was 142 years ago.”
 
Friday night’s parade is one of the largest and longest in the region…
 
“Everybody just absolutely enjoys it.  The Scenic Hills Lions Club is the organization that sponsors and hosts the parade each year.  If anybody is interested in participating in the parade, all they have to do is show up in Vincent – right there off 339 – and line up.  There’s no application or registration fee.  They just get in line and at 6:00, the parade begins.  Be prepared, it is a two hour walk from Vincent to the fairgrounds.”
 
Tessum notes that both Routes 339 and 550 will be closed during the fair parade, so if you want to watch, get there early.  If you’re just passing through, you’ll want to find an alternate route.
 
Admission to the Barlow Fair is $5 per person per day.  A four-day pass is available for $15.  Wristbands for the rides are $15 per day, however, Tessum says rides are free tomorrow evening from 6 until 10.
 
For more information, visit www.barlowfair.com or find them on Facebook by searching for Barlow Fairgrounds.  
 
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