New Castle News


August 13, 2013

Our Opinion: Fair has something for everyone

NEW CASTLE — What has lots of legs, many moving parts and promises lots of fun for the whole family?

Why it’s the Lawrence County fair, of course.

The annual gathering of agricultural prowess, carnival rides and tasty, high-calorie treats is in full swing. It opened yesterday and runs through Saturday.

This is the 60th anniversary of the fair, and you can be sure all of the traditional activities will be available for everyone to enjoy. That includes the carnival rides, various exhibits, business promotions and, yes, all that food.

The fairgrounds on Route 108 east of New Castle are bursting with activity these days. Simply put, it’s the place to be in Lawrence County this week.

A key aspect of the fair is always the involvement of local young people. Various contests and displays give them the opportunity to show off what they have learned through the 4-H and other organizations.

Local youngsters have livestock, vegetables, crafts and other artistry on display at the fair. It’s an outlet for a variety of creative talents.

And while adults also get into the act of demonstrating their assorted skills in the fair competition, there’s no doubt that it’s the children who get — and earn — top billing. While there’s much at the fair to capture the attention of adults, the accent is on young people.

Meanwhile, the fair itself is like one big community gathering. We challenge you to stroll the midway and wander through the various buildings without encountering someone you know. If you’ve lived in Lawrence County for any length of time, it’s simply impossible.

In fact, we suspect lots of people attend the fair in the hopes of meeting old acquaintances and catching up with them. And why not? As a social gathering, you can’t beat the fair.

So why not join in the fun? You’ll find plenty to see and do this week at the Lawrence County Fair.

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