It seems like only yesterday we were shoveling off the drive, and just a few minutes since we were sweltering in the heat. Before you know it, fair week has arrived.
The 165th edition of the Columbiana County Fair will 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 stars Confederate Railroad. Other musical groups and entertainment acts will perform on the midway stage every day.
Also Tuesday, the county Agricultural Society will induct four people posthumously into the Agricultural Hall of Fame. Then, four farm families will receive the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Century Award.
Other features will include the ever-popular demolition derby on Wednesday and Sunday night, as well as the combine derby on Sunday afternoon. A-Bar Rodeo competitions will be held Thursday at the grandstands. Friday is the Full Pull Production, a national tractor pull circuit - meaning the real pros.
Of course, the exhibit booths will be filled with huge pumpkins, squashes, beets, turnips and displays of other 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.
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.