Fair preps underway

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Vendors and 4-H clubs spent the weekend getting ready for the Trumbull County Fair.

“They started Friday, and the campers in the back started coming in Saturday morning,” said Jan Solomon, secretary of the Trumbull County Fair Board.

A flurry of activity was seen at the fairgrounds in Bazetta Township all day Sunday. Concessions were being set up and animals were ushered in the barns.

“The hogs will come today and tomorrow they’ll bring in the beef and the lambs and the goats,” said Solomon.

Logan Culp from the Eastern Ohio 4-H Club spent time with his dad getting his barn ready for seven of his animals. He participates in the fair every year.

“It’s just the atmosphere. Everyone’s friendly,” said Culp. “We’re more like a family than clubs. We’re so close-knit because it’s a smaller fair, but it’s still pretty big.”

The Kinsman Kids Club was also busy bringing in a dozen goats for their exhibit.

The fair will have about 300 to 400 animals this year, but the number they’re most concerned with is people. They hope to see more than 60,000 this year, which is the standard.

“Last year, we were so hot we got 42,900. We need more than that. We’d like to see 60,000 plus,” said Trumbull County Fair Board President Tom Sawyer. “We’d like to see 100,000 but 60,000 plus isn’t a bad number.”

The fair opens Tuesday, July 9 and runs through Sunday.

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