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150th County Fair A Special Success

A quarter million-plus visitors to the fairgrounds north of Wauseon paints a successful picture of the Fulton County Fair. Founded in 1858, the fair debuted on 10 rented acres near Ottokee, northeast of Wauseon.

The 150th annual Fulton County Fair opens Friday, Aug. 31 and continues through Thursday night, Sept. 6. If the weather is pleasant it may set record attendance marks, surpassing 269,829 visitors in 2004.

For thousands of county residents and others throughout northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan, and other nearby states, Labor Day is a tradition. Its reputation of a clean fair, with outstanding entertainment and rides, was established many years ago.

Every fair is a reunion for many families, which might include three or four generations. Babes in arms are introduced during their first year of life, and thousands return later with their own youngsters.

The fair is a magnet for families, friends, and folks of all ages, colors, and faiths. There is entertainment and fun for everyone.

Favorites include the midway rides, tractor pulls, harness racing, horseshoe pitching tournaments, demolition derbies, truck challenges, clashing combines, and displays that include crafts, photos, flowers, artwork, 4-H, and FFA projects with animals. That is only a partial list of the fun and educational activities.

Something different takes place every day. Included are Veterans Day, Junior Fair Day, and Senior Citizens Day. The fair is the pride of Fulton County.

Many people deserve praise of its success. The fair board plans and carries out all the details. They are a dedicated group of men and women who “mother over” everything. And they are open to suggestions to make the fair more successful.

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