With the unseasonably cool weather we've been experiencing this year, it's hard to believe that the summer is slipping away and that it's time again for the Columbiana County Fair.
The 164th edition of the annual fest is scheduled to kick off officially at 6 p.m. Monday with the crowning of the 4-H king and queen. Preliminary events start today with the garden tractor pull at 1 p.m.
While the fair is primarily an opportunity to show off the skills of our county's agricultural population, whether you are a farmer, or a city dweller, there's something to interest everyone.
Special attractions this year include Tuesday night's grandstand concert by country music star Chuck Wicks, with Savannah Jack as the opening act. Other musical groups and entertainment acts will perform on the midway stage every day.
Other features will include the ever-popular demolition derby on Wednesday and Sunday night, as well as the combine derby on Sunday afternoon. A Tuff Truck competition will be held Thursday at the grandstands.
Of course the exhibit booths will be filled with huge pumpkins, squashes, beets, turnips and displays of other gigantic horticultural delights.
Members of 4-H clubs will bring their sheep, goats, pigs, cows, horses and steer to compete for prizes, then later will auction them off to the highest bidder.
The best bakers, seamstresses, needlework and paint artists and photographers from the county will display their finest works and compete for awards, with everyone hoping to take home the blue ribbon.
And, last, but certainly not least, the attraction that everyone looks forward to - fair food. The best steak hoagies, french fries, hot sausage, roast beef, funnel cakes, cotton candy and every other carnival culinary confection will be sold at stands along the midway. And rides will entertain the kiddies and the more adventurous adults among us.
So pack up the family and "wheel on down" to Lisbon this week for the annual
Columbiana County Fair. The lineup for this 164th edition promises to be as entertaining as those in the past. And, who knows, maybe the cooler weather will be seen as a blessing to those strolling along the midway.