People come from everywhere to attend the Fulton County Fair. For seven days, the county fairground becomes the largest city in the county.
The fairgrounds has the facilities of a city. It has housing, in the form of hundreds of camping vehicles parked both inside the fence and out. It has a downtown, in the form of the midway. It has neighborhoods, where horses, cows, sheep, goats, and other animals and their keepers spend great amounts of time.
Retailers display new products, and food stands offer everything from hearty meals to tasty treats.
It has law enforcement by the county sheriff department, plus a fire and rescue station staffed by county fire departments.
But one of the biggest draws is entertainment of all kinds, from national music headliners to 4-H animal shows. Fairgoers can enjoy the antics of the rough trucks and demolition derbies, play midway carnival games, shop for just about anything, and enjoy the judging of animals and exhibits.
The Fulton County Fair is one of Ohio’s best, with more than a quarter of a million people streaming through the gates in seven days.
The fair is tops because of the efforts of many, many people. It starts with the tireless efforts of the county fair board, men and women who work year ‘round volunteering time and resources for the one-week event.
Members of the Junior Fair Board work just as hard to make sure their animal judging and other programs succeed.
The fair benefits from effective and creative leadership. The fairgrounds have been expanded, maintained, improved, and developed over the years. No details are overlooked, from the largest to the smallest. Projects are completed on time, and on remarkably small budgets.
A suggestion has come forward. With the fair becoming as big as it is, it’s getting too easy for people to forget where they parked in the massive parking area. Stamping the hands of fairgoers when they enter, identifying the gate where they came in with its letter and color, might assist with the problem.
For seven days, the fairgrounds become the center of attention for thousands of visitors.
Who wants it any other way?