Fair attracts as many varieties of people as it offers flavors of snow cones – BG Independent News


By JULIE CARLE

BG Independent News

There are as many reasons people attend the Wood County Fair as there are flavors of snow cones.

The traditional cherry, strawberry and grape flavored snow cones reflect the families who have their roots in farming, ranching and participation in 4-H and FFA. Not only do they attend the fair, but they participate in it, like Wayne’s Pennington family.

Renee (Reynolds) Pennington was in the Rabbit/Poultry Barn on Tuesday to watch her son show off his bunnies. Tanner, a senior at Elmwood High School and a member of the Country Royals 4-H Club and Elmwood FFA, is the latest of his three children to show cattle at the junior fair.

Junior fair members await final rabbit show results to be judged Tuesday at the Wood County Fair.

She grew up on a farm and showed animals during her junior fair days. For the past 20 years she and her husband Jeremie have helped and watched Lauren, Brandon and now Tanner show the full range of cattle, from horses, hogs and feed cattle to goats, rabbits and chickens.

“We showed everything except the sheep,” she laughed.

This year, Tanner wanted to show off an emu, but when they found emus to be a little pricey, he ended up adding pigeons to his animal projects. He’s not sure if he’ll attend next summer, but if he does, she said he plans to add to the family list by showing sheep.

Cathy Newlove Wenig and Gordon Wenig were with their grandson Cooper Wise, strolling through Eastwood FFA’s Babyland, where several paddocks of puppies yelped and kids bleated for attention. While grandparents are regulars at fairs, with a history of entering projects and showing animals themselves and with their children, the next generation starts early.

Cooper, nine, was at the fair on Tuesday to check his entries into the Beaux-Arts and Home & Garden buildings. It was her first day at the fair this year, but probably not her last. He was very happy to have won third place in the Cake Pops class for children aged 7 to 10. Her bright yellow cake pops with blue sprinkles definitely stood out in the window display.

He admitted the cake pops might have cracked a bit, hinting that he might otherwise have won a red or blue ribbon. Her grandmother kindly reminded her that cake pops aren’t easy, and they went to check her entrees.

Colter Hurt gently shares carrots with the goats at the All-American Petting Zoo in the Family Fun Zone.

John, Brayden and Gracie McIntyre and Pat Cory and his grandsons Lane and Colter Hurt might sound more like blue raspberry, bubblegum and green apple snow cones, listed among the most popular flavors. They come to the fair to enjoy their favorite things.

The McIntyres were seated at a picnic table in the shade near the Champion Barn. They shared sodas, fries, corn dogs and their first choice: cheese curds.

Brayden, a Clover Bud from Duke’s Mixture 4-H Club, said the rides and chainsaw demonstration were also his favorites. They had planned to visit the club’s 4-H booth at the Junior Fair Building before heading to the chainsaw demonstration at 2 p.m.

Brayden said, “I’m excited to see what he (chainsaw artist Dennis Beach) is going to do,” when he turns a huge tree trunk into a detailed work of art.

Colter and Lane Hurt of Wauseon attended the fair as part of an annual tradition with their grandmother Pat Cory of Bowling Green.

When asked what he liked the most, Colter replied, “I love the rides. No, it’s the animals, the animals,” he said, feeding carrots to some of the All American Petting Farm goats in the Family Fun Zone.

For Seth Runion, Jessica Swaisgood and Alicia Boreman, the favorite part of the show is meeting people and getting to know their products and services.

Calling show visitors like a circus barker, Runion, an Everdry Waterproofing representative, encouraged people to grab some free candy and enter a raffle for a $250 Visa gift card.

“Getting a chance to talk to people” is what he enjoys most about occupying the company’s stand in the trade exhibitor area below the grandstands. The company sets up a booth at the Wood County Fair and many other fairs and festivals to educate communities in their area.

“We are here to provide education and service. We believe it’s important for people to protect the value of their home, their biggest investment,” Runion said.

Alicia Boreman and Mike Kasperczyk of the Children’s Resource Center greet visitors to the CRC booth at the Wood County Fair.

Agencies in Wood County such as the Children’s Resource Center (CRC), Jobs and Family Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Wood Lane and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board are constants in the area of commercial exhibitors every year.

“We love supporting the other mental health agencies that are here, as well as the community and the fair,” said Jessica Swaisgood, executive director of NAMI Wood County. “The fair provides us with a great opportunity to talk to people and raise awareness of our mental health services and resources.

Mike Kasperczyk, Clinical Supervisor, and Alicia Boreman, Clinical Director, CRC enjoyed interacting with passers-by. Offering popcorn-filled cups, stress balls that look like brains, tote bags, notepads and raffle tickets at their booth, the two welcomed an almost constant stream of people s stopping to grab the treats.

“We like to provide anything shiny or delicious to grab people’s attention,” Kasperczyk said with a friendly smile. “Then we get a chance to talk about our services and community outreach,” including events such as their art fair on August 26 from 4-7 p.m. at CRC, 1045 Klotz Road.

Greta Gerber of Perrysburg listens to Wood County Fair Board Director Jessica Nagel read a fair-themed book during story time at the fair.

Abby Gerber and her five-year-old daughter Greta were like cheesecake, banana daiquiri and cream soda flavored snow cones, some of the newest and trendiest flavors on menus. The family recently moved from Michigan to Perrysburg, which meant the fair was completely new to them.

Gerber explained that she broke the drudgery of unpacking by finding fun activities to do every other day. Their first stop at the fair was for story time in the fine arts building. Before Fair Board Director Jessica Nagel began reading the fair-themed book, the mother-daughter duo raved about the Lego figures and sock collections featured in the hobby exhibits, the crafts and collectibles.

As she watched the 4-H Milkshake Bar halfway through, Gerber asked for food and fun recommendations from another mom, who seemed to know the best parts of the fair.

In addition to milkshakes, favorite food suggestions from the fair included pork-a-lean sold by pork farmers, beef patties at the beef farmers building, and mouth-watering Boy Scout corn on the cob. .

Throughout the day, Abby and Greta experienced the flavors of the fair as well as the sights and sounds of the pig show, other barns and the Family Fun Zone.

The fair continues until Monday, allowing plenty of time to enjoy a traditional, popular or new flavor of snow cone.

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