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The Board of Directors is excited to bring you the 2016 Ross County Fair!  Plan to bring the whole family to the fairgrounds August 6-13, 2016.  We have beautiful grounds and buildings and are proud to showcase the youth of Ross County.

This year’s fair promises to thrill the children, entertain the adults and feed the masses!  Every year our fair gets better and better.  We are proud to showcase several acts this year that will be sure to please fairgoers…both young and old.  This is the perfect place for family entertainment!

Our grandstand entertainment this year includes Harness Racing on Saturday and Sunday, The Adelphia Community Band and the King and Queen contest, Monday KOI Drag Racing, Tuesday 4-H night, Wednesday Motocross, Thursday night concert, Friday Tuff Truck contest & Autocross and Saturday Demolition Derby featuring cars, lawn mowers and pick up trucks.

Our free bandstand entertainment features the popular Ohio’s Got Talent contest,  Ross County’s high school bands, The Great Seal of Ohio Band, local dance groups,  David Wayne, Rt. 23 South band on Friday evening, the Wolfe Brothers on Saturday evening,   The Barnyard Review will perform 3 times daily in the bandstand area.

Check our soon to be posted 2016 Fair Schedule of Events to find out when and where your favorites will be performing. Check our website for updates to Ross County Fair.

Hope to see you at the fair!!

 

Winter RV Storage

Winter RV Storage runs from October 15 thru March 15. Cost is $214.50 (includes tax) for inside storage. Folks can bring their RV to the fairgrounds Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by arranging a time with Caretaker Scott Chenault at 740-703-9418.

 

Ohio Department of Agriculture Lifts Bird Exhibition Ban

Although the U.S. is free of deadly bird flu,
owners should still take precautions

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Dec. 17, 2015) – With no confirmed cases in Ohio and no immediate threat of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza  (avian flu) outbreak, Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels and State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey today rescinded the order prohibiting bird shows in Ohio.  Officials urge poultry and bird owners, however, to remain vigilant and cautious in order to protect the health of their flocks during migration seasons.  Please see the department’s fact sheet on precautions that can be done to prevent the spread of avian flu (click here). 

The order, issued on June 2, 2015, was originally intended to remain in place until April 2016. The ban included county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale, including auctions and swap meets. Throughout the nationwide outbreak, the department worked closely with Ohio’s poultry producers and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to provide training and to closely monitor the health of poultry in the state.  

“Ohio is home to more than 50 million domestic birds which makes our state particularly vulnerable to an outbreak. Thankfully, the disease never took hold here. I believe this is a justification of the steps taken by our producers and exhibitors to mitigate the risk of an outbreak,” said Director Daniels.  

The avian flu is an extremely contagious virus that primarily affects domestic poultry and is likely spread by wild, migrating birds.  The USDA first confirmed the virus in the U.S. beginning in late 2014.  While there were no confirmed cases of the disease in Ohio, throughout the spring and summer of 2015 more than 48 million birds nationally were affected.  On November 18, the World Organization for Animal Health (known as the OIE) issued its final report on the deadly avian flu outbreaks which declared that the outbreaks in all affected states are now final, closed, and resolved.  This now makes the United States free of avian influenza for the time being. 

One of the ways avian influenza spreads is by direct contact with contaminated materials coming from other infected birds.  Exhibitions, auctions and swap meets where birds are co-mingling pose a high risk of unintentionally spreading disease.  While the intention is to allow bird exhibitions to be held next year, an outbreak in Ohio or nearby states may require the reinstatement or even an extension of the ban.

“I would like to extend a sincere thank you to OSU Extension and the youth exhibitors for their understanding and to their advisors for turning this unfortunate outbreak into an important educational moment.  As I travelled around the state this summer, I was overwhelmed with the maturity and understanding of the disappointed but supportive young people I spoke with who were unable to bring their poultry projects to the fair.  It’s a real testament to the strength and importance our 4H and FFA programs in Ohio,” said Director Daniels.

Ohio is the second largest egg producer in the country and home to 28 million laying chickens, 12 million broilers, 8.5 million pullets and 2 million turkeys.  Ohio’s egg, chicken and turkey farms create more than 14,600 jobs and contribute $2.3 billion to the state’s economy.

 

Calendar of Events

2016 Schedule

March 12: Miller Swap Meet

April 2 & 3: Gun Show

April 3: Steer & Heifer Classic

April 4 & 5: Circus

April 8-10: Trader Days

April 23-24: ChillitownMX

May 27-30: Smash-It Demo Derby

June 3-5: Trader Days

June 11: Relay for Life

June 11: NBHA

June 18: PSA Horse Show

July 16: Rib Fest

July 16-17: Chillitown MX

July 22-24: Paper City

August 6-13: Ross County Fair

September 1-5: Easyrider Rodeo

September 24: Southern Ohio Guitar Show

October 1: Cattle Show

October 15-16: Chillitown MX

November 4-6: Swap Meet