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Good weather, crowds hopes for 2012 event BY MELODY VALLIEU Staff Writer

Good weather and record crowds are high on the list of hopes for the 2012 Miami County Fair, according to firstyear Miami County Agricultural Society President Mike Jess. Jess said lower temperatures than the area has been experiencing this summer would be good for the fair, as extreme temperatures draw people away from outdoor events. Some

rain prior to the Aug. 10 start would be great, too, he said. Jess, who began attending the fair with his parents when he was an infant, said if the rain doesn’t come, he asks that fair-goers use common sense when smoking. “If we don’t get any rain to green the grass up, we’ve got to worry about potential fire issues on the grounds,” said Jess, who said farming reaches back 50-60 years in his family. If the mercury is still up, he also cautions at-

t e n d e e s a n d junior f a i r b o a r d JESS members to stay hydrated, and said extra care is given to the animals to keep them healthy. He said animal owners keep the animals hydrated, hose them down when able and put fans on them to keep them cool. “We watch out and make sure they’re being cared for,” Jess said. Fair staff and volunteers have brought 33

new vendors and six concessionaires on board of the 2012 event, and ticket sales are going well for the Hunter Hayes concert, which has been moved from Sunday to Saturday. The release of his new CD — Wanted — and a recent performance at Country Concert in Fort Loramie, is believed to have helped boost ticket sales for the up-and-coming artist’s concert. Social media, according to Jess, also has been useful in spreading the news about the Saturday night event. “We’re just doing really well on sales (of tickets),” said Jess, who is in his sixth year of being a member of the MCAS.

PDC/TDN offering vase as fair premium Special fair rates also established The Piqua Daily Call and Troy Daily News will again be offering special fair subscription rates and a one-time-only keepsake premium during the 2012 Miami County Fair. Full-year new or renewal subscriptions will be offered along with the fifth in a series of Ohio pottery collectible pieces. Four years ago the one-of-a-kind pottery piece was a wine crock; three years ago it was a ceramic teapot with lid; two years ago it was an oval platter with gold-finished wire display stand; and last year it was a buckeye jug. This year’s piece is a handsome 11-inch vase. The vase, in keeping with the collectible series, features a handpainted state of Ohio buckeye fiveleaf cluster surrounding a buckeye

nut in the center. The piece is also decorated with scarlet and gray accents in keeping the Ohio motif. The I-75 Daily Newspaper Group has again commissioned Heritage Stoneware of Crooksville in southeast Ohio to design, mold and fire the pieces. Each handpainted vase will be individually numbered and signed by the artist. This year the piece carries a value of more than $50, but subscribers will receive one free with each new or renewal full-year subscription while supplies last. They will only be available at the newspaper’s booth in the merchants building at the fair. “We look forward to seeing old and new acquaintance’s at the booth again this year with their hopes of receiving their individual See Vase/Page 3

And, for the food — it kind of speaks for itself, Jess said, with all the midway fare such as fries, tenderloins, elephant ears and deep fried pickles returning. New vendors will include a fish and chips booth, Bahama mamas and creme puffs, breakfast sandwiches and shakes, sliders made from wild game, cajun, and fruit bowls and smoothies. Jess said he accepted the nomination for president because the fair has been a great part of his life and he believed he would be good at the job. And, according to several fair board members and

employees, he’s doing a great job. “So far, so good this year,” said Jess. “We have a really good board this year. They’re really strong and a lot of help.” Jess said he invites the community out to experience some of the many events planned, to support the junior fair board and their projects and believes it is just money well spent. “For the price — $5 — it’s the cheapest entertainment around,” he said. “It’s the greatest family experience of the summer here in Miami County.”

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tion rates will continue throughout the course of the fair, even after all vases have been “awarded” to subscribers. Due to the immediate investment in this piece of artwork, subscriptions are nonrefundable, but can be transferred to another local resident.

had been owned and operated by Lee and Debbie pottery piece just as they Ungemach for many have the last four years,” years, was acquired by said Cheryl Hall, PDC Heritage Stoneware, circulation manager, notchanging the name in ing that supplies are al2005. The Ungemach ways quickly exhausted. family has been associ“Customers are always ated with the pottery and lined up and waiting for ceramic industry in the us to open for business Roseville-Crooksville and that’s exarea for more citing and than 75 fun.” years. Lee This year and Debwe inbie are creased the third-gennumber of eration pieces orpotters. dered by 100, A few years for a total of ago Heritage 700 to be diStoneware vided equally moved the among the business from three I-75 the old Alpine daily newspaplant in Ropers (Piqua Visitors to the Piqua Daily Call and Troy Daily seville to its Daily Call, News booth at this year’s Miami County Fair will current facilTroy Daily have an opportunity to take part in a fun game and ity in News and Sid- possibly win some prizes in the process. Crooksville. ney Daily The newspaper will be sponsoring a scavenger Due to rich News), but we hunt game called “Photo Fair-For-All.” Visitors to the clay deposits, know they will newspapers’ booth may pick up a new form each day the southeastnot last.” that features five photo of objects and/or ern Ohio area Collecplaces on the fairgrounds. Partici- has a long tors are pants must identify pottery hisencoureach item and re- tory, dating aged to turn the form to the back long bevisit the booth, along with fore Ohio benewspaper’s their name, phone came a state. booth durnumber and email “No two ing the openaddress. pieces are exing days of A different entry form actly alike,” the fair bewith five different photos will be said Frank L. fore supplies featured each day of the fair. Beeson, group run out. Each publisher of vase will be the I-75 placed in a Newspapers. canvas Now in its seventh “Since every piece is t o t e year, Heritage hand-painted, all the deb a g . Stoneware has a na- signs might be similar, When the supply of vases tional reputation in the but each has its own look is depleted, visitors to the pottery business. Its pot- … its own character.” Piqua Daily Call and tery artists have accumuSpecial Miami County Troy Daily News booth lated more than 100 Fair rates are PDC, onemay still receive a free years in this creative year, $110; TDN, one-year, bag. trade. $125 and for seniors (65 Special fair subscripAlpine Pottery, which proof-of-age required),

Scavenger game offers prizes at fair

PDC, $100 and TDN $110. Subscribers may also purchase six-month new or renewal subscriptions for PDC, $65 and TDN $70. Six-month subscriptions are refundable; however, a transaction fee will be applied. Due to the cost of producing the special pottery pieces, six-

month subscriptions will not include the premium offers. Subscriptions must be purchased at the fair in order to receive the special pricing and the collectible premium offer. The Piqua Daily is published Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 52 weeks per year.

Local news is posted on the newspaper’s website on Tuesdays, even though there is no publication that day. Many rural routes are now delivered via the U.S. Postal Service with sameday delivery. Many Sidney city route deliveries are managed by newspaper carriers.


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Veteran’s Ceremony


Special addition will include artifact from World Trade Center

America’s heroes will be honored during the Salute to Veterans ceremony at the Miami County Fair beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Grandstand. Leading up to the ceremony’s inception, the Troy High School Band — directed by Kathy McIntosh — will keep festival-goers tapping their feet with rousing patriotic songs. Then at 6 p.m., the presentation of colors will be given by the West Milton American Legion Post 487, followed by the Troy Strawberry Festival Choir’s rendition of the National Anthem. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Matthew Schimmoller, president of the Junior Fair Board. A special addition to this year’s Salute to Veterans is the presentation of the World Trade Center artifact, which was recognized at Hobart Arena in the spring. “I was on the committee with the Miami Valley Veterans Museum,” said Diana Thompson, fair event chair. “At that time I asked if they would be willing to bring it to the fair, and they said yes.” Museum president and founder Stephen Larck will present the artifact, which is displayed in a

case signifying the Twin Towers, created by the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology. “He’ll talk about the acquisition of the artifact and why it is good to keep in Troy,” Thompson said. The featured speaker for this year is James Miller, who was awarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in Vietnam. State Rep. Richard Adams of the 79th District will speak on Miller’s commendable service as well. After the speech, the Troy High School Band will perform a military medley honoring the U.S. service branches. Crystal Ganger and the Future of Miami County Horsemen will ride on horseback to recognize those who died for the nation. The riderless horse will be presented to signify the loss of lives. At 7:30 p.m. after the ceremony, Bella Balloons will launch five balloons in the air. The balloons will then return and be illuminated. “We did that last year — was the first year — and we brought it back by popular demand,” Thompson said. The crowd can stand in the infield and view the spectacle up close. Sponsors for the event are Unity National Bank and Jim Taylor’s Troy Ford.

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The Miami County Fair 2012 schedule • Wednesday, Aug. 8 1-8 p.m. Drop off of Art Hall exhibits at Secretary’s Office • Thursday, Aug. 9 1-8 p.m. Drop off baked goods and Horticulture Hall exhibits at Secretary’s Office 5 p.m. MCAS membership tickets — no longer available for purchase Junior Fair Booth Judging at Duke Lundgard Bldg. (building closed), will open Friday morning 5-8 p.m. Weigh all Meat Chickens and Market Turkeys (turkeys will weigh in at swine barn from 57 p.m. only). All Market Poultry must be accompanied by health papers. All poultry projects must be in place by 8 p.m. All Market Poultry must be weighed before penning. All rabbits must check in and market rabbits weighed before penning — Rabbit/Poultry Barn 6 p.m. All FFA Shop/Crop projects must be in place 10 p.m. All Junior Fair Livestock and Dairy Cattle to be on fairgrounds unless otherwise stated • Friday, Aug. 10 Sponsored by Edison Community College 6 a.m. Dairy Goats entered in Items 1 through 4 must be milked out 7:45 a.m. Mandatory Barn Meeting Sheep/Goats — Sheep Arena 8 a.m. Weigh Market Goats followed by Market Lambs — Sheep Arena 9 a.m. FFA Shop/Crop Judging, (building closed) Opened after Judging 10 a.m. Super Stars — Horse Arena Miami Co Rabbit Royalty — Rabbit/Poultry Barn Duke Lundgard Bldg. opens Merchants Bldg. opens Vendor Displays opens

Market Gilts must be on grounds and late entries close — Swine Barn Mandatory Swine Barn Meeting — Swine Barn 10:30 a.m. Weigh Market Gilts — Swine Barn 12 p.m. Opening Ceremonies — Grandstand, Free 12:30 p.m. Tablescaping — Merchants Bldg 1 p.m. Art Hall opens Horticulture Hall opens Mandatory Cattle Barn Meeting — Goat Barn 1:30 p.m. Weigh Jr. Fair Market Steers/Heifers followed by Junior Fair Dairy Steers followed by Junior Fair Beef Feeder Calves — Cattle Barn 2-4 p.m. Baked Goods pickup — Art Hall 2:30 p.m. 4-H Cloverbud Fun Time — Duke Lundgard Bldg. Christmas Tree Decorating Contest — Merchants Bldg. 4 p.m. Rides/Games Open — $18 bracelets 4:30-6 p.m. Entries for Sheep Jackpot Show due — Sheep Arena 5:30 p.m. Born and Raised Open Gilt Show — Swine Barn Renegade Cowgirls Equestrian Drill Team Performance — Horse Arena 6 p.m. Dairy Breeding Goat Show followed by Junior Fair Market Kid Goat Show — Goat Barn BBQ Contest —Duke Lundgard Bldg. Family Fun Night Gymkhana — Horse Arena Best of Show Baked Goods Auction — Art Hall 7 p.m. The Broken Lights —Entertainment Tent Sheep Jackpot Show — Sheep Arena Tractor Pull — Grandstands (Grandstand $5, Pit Pass $10) 10 p.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. closes FFA Shop/Crop Bldg. closes Art Hall closes Horticulture Hall closes Merchants Bldg. closes Vendor Displays closes 11 p.m. Rides, Games and Concessions closes • Saturday, Aug. 11

7:30-10:15 a.m. Flower show entries accepted — Horticulture Bldg. 8 a.m. Miami County Dog Royalty Competition Begins — East Side of Merchants Bldg. 9 a.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. opens for 4-H Junior Cook Off Junior Fair Crossbred Doe Show followed by Miami County Born and Raised Goat Show followed by Junior Fair Goat Showmanship — Goat Barn Junior Fair Dog Obedience Show — East side of Merchants Bldg. Junior Fair Poultry Show followed by Junior Fair Poultry Showmanship — Rabbit/Poultry Barn. Measure Questionable Height- Junior Fair Horses and all Ponies — Horse Arena Deadline to change Junior Fair sex of Rabbit — Junior Fair Office 10 a.m. All Open Beef Feeder Calves and No Paint Open Class Steers must be on grounds FFA Shop/Crop Bldg opens Art Hall opens Horticulture Hall opens Merchants Bldg. opens Vendor Displays opens Pee Wee and Adult Swine Showmanship —Swine Barn See Schedule/Page 6

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10-11:30 a.m. Weigh Open Class Steers followed by Open Class Beef Feeder Calves — Cattle Barn 10:30 a.m. 4-H Sr. Cook Off — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 10:45 a.m. Flower Show Judging — Horticulture Bldg. 12 p.m.Miami Co.Rabbit Royalty results posted — Rabbit/Poultry Barn Camping and Parking Permits must be picked up — Secretary’s Office Rides/Games Open — $18 bracelets good all day and night Art Hall and Horticulture Hall Premiums available — Secretary’s Office Afternoon Horseshoe Pitching Tournament — South end of Merchants Bldg. 1 p.m. Junior Fair Dog Grooming and Showmanship Show — East side of Merchants Bldg. Market Gilt Show — Swine Barn 2 p.m. 4-H Project Pride Award Ceremony — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 3 p.m. Spittin’ Image — Entertainment Tent Open Beef Feeder Calf Show followed by Born & Raised Market Steer/Heifer Show followed by No Paint Open Class Steer Show — Goat Barn 3:30 p.m. County Youth Awards & Ten Year Member Recognition — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 4 p.m. Wrestling — East of Grandstand 5 p.m.Deadline to change height or exhibitor age for Junior Fair Horse Shows — Junior Fair Office Evening Horseshoe Pitching Tournament — South end of Merchants Bldg. 5:30 p.m. Rum River

Blend — Entertainment Tent 6 p.m. Mini Horse Pull — Horse Arena 7 p.m. Heavy Weight Horse Pull —Horse Arena 8 p.m. Hunter Hayes Concert —Grandstand — (Track $18, Grandstand $12) 9 p.m. All Gilts must be off of the grounds 10 p.m. Junior Fair Barrows may start arriving on grounds Duke Lundgard Bldg. closes FFA Shop/Crop closes Art Hall closes Horticulture Hall closes Merchants Bldg. closes Vendor Displays closes 11 p.m. Rides, Games and Concessions closes • Sunday, Aug. 12 Sponsored by Buckeye Insurance 7:30 a.m.Registration begins for Open Rabbit Show — Rabbit Barn 8 a.m. Open Horse Show — Horse Arena All Open Sheep Breeding

must be on the grounds 8-10:30 a.m. Drop off of Specialty Desserts — Art Hall 8:30 a.m. Guys and Gals Lead-In Wool Show — Sheep Arena 9 a.m. Junior Fair Barrows must be on the grounds Open Rabbit Show — Rabbit Barn Open Sheep Breeding Show — Sheep Arena Antique Car Show — North end of fairgrounds 10 a.m. Weigh Junior Fair Barrows — Swine Barn All Open Class Beef Breeding to be on grounds Duke Lundgard Bldg opens FFA Shop/Crop opens Horticulture Hall opens Merchants Bldg. opens Vendor Displays opens 10:30 a.m. Open Class Beef Breeding entries due — Goat Barn Office 12 p.m. Miami County Born and Raised Beef Breeding Show followed by Junior Fair Beef Breeding Show followed by Open

Class Beef Breeding (Open Class Beef Breeding dismissed immediately following show) followed by Junior Fair Beef Showmanship Classes — Goat Barn Rides/Games Open — $18 bracelets good all day and night Afternoon Horseshoe Pitching Tournament — South end of Merchants Bldg. 1 p.m. Art Hall opens Junior 4-H Foods & Nutrition Revue — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 1:30 p.m. Senior 4-H Foods & Nutrition Revue — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 2:15 p.m.Junior 4-H Creative Arts/Miscellaneous Revue — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 2:45 p.m.Senior 4-H Creative Arts/Miscellaneous Revue — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 3:30 p.m. Junior 4-H Clothing Revue — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 4 p.m. Senior 4-H Clothing Revue — Duke Lundgard Bldg. Award Ceremony for Art

and Horticulture Hall Best of Show Winners, Homemaker Award and Golden Trowel Award — East of Art Hall Evening Horseshoe Pitching Tournament — South end of Merchants Bldg. 6 p.m. Deadline for Designing the Color the Fair Contest — Secretary’s Office 7 p.m. Pig and Calf Scramble — Grandstand, $1 10 p.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. closes FFA Shop/Crop closes Art Hall closes Horticulture Hall closes Merchants Bldg. closes Vendors Displays closes 11 p.m. Rides, Games and Concessions closes • Monday, Aug. 13 Sponsored by ConAgra 8:30 a.m. Junior Fair Western Horse Show — Horse Arena 9 a.m. Junior Fair Market Lamb Show followed by Junior Fair Sheep Breeding

Show — Sheep Arena Junior Fair Swine Showmanship - Swine Arena Junior Fair Market Rabbit Show — Immediately followed by Junior Fair Market Rabbit Pen ofThree — Immediately followed by Junior Fair Rabbit Breeding — Immediately followed by Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship — Rabbit/Poultry Barn 10 a.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. opens FFA Shop/Crop opens Art Hall opens Horticulture Hall opens Merchants Bldg. opens Vendor Displays opens 12 p.m. Specialty Desserts Premiums available — Secretary’s Office 12-4 p.m. Antique Appraisal — Entertainment Tent 2-7 p.m. Election of Fair Board Directors — Secretary’s Office 2:30 p.m. 4-H Cloverbud Fun Time — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 3 p.m. Miami County Hog Fun Day (approx.) — See Schedule/Page 7


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• Tuesday, Aug. 14 7:30-10:15 a.m. Flower Show Entries Accepted — Horticulture Bldg. 8:30 a.m.Junior Fair Single Run Horse Show — Horse Arena 9 a.m. Miami County Born & Raised Market Lamb Show followed by Junior Fair Sheep Showmanship followed by Adult and Kiddie Showmanship — Sheep Arena 10 a.m. Duke Lundgard

• Wednesday, Aug. 15 Sponsored by Upper Valley Medical Center Kids Day — 1 Parent FREE per Child under age 10 until 1 p.m. Armed Forces Day — Veterans and spouse FREE with proper I.D. Senior Citizens Day — 65 years old and over FREE 8 a.m. Registration for Junior Fair General Livestock Judging Contest — Sheep Arena 8:30 a.m. Junior Fair

Livestock Judging Contest — Sheep Arena Junior Fair English Horse Show — HorseArena 10 a.m. Miami County Born and Raised Barrow Show — Swine Arena 4-H Cloverbud Show and Tell Program followed by Cloverbud Graduation —

4 p.m. The Classics Entertainment Tent 5:30 p.m. Sweepstake/Scholarship Awards Presentation — Sheep Barn Salute to Veterans Grandstand, Free 7 p.m. Sale of Champions — Sale Arena (Swine Barn)

Duke Lundgard Bldg. Ronald McDonald — Entertainment Tent Born and Raised Barrow Show —Swine Barn People’s Choice Awards winners posted — Art Hall Duke Lundgard Bldg. opens FFA Shop/Crop opens Art Hall opens Horticulture Hall opens Merchants Bldg. opens Vendor Displays opens 10-1 p.m. Kids Day Games — East Side of Merchants Bldg., free 11 a.m. Golden Anniversary Photo west side of Horticulture Hall 12 p.m. Ticket booths for rides open Golden Anniversary Lunch — Entertainment Tent, free 1 p.m. Rides/Games open — $12 bracelet good all day and night Kiddie Pedal PowerTractor Pull — Grandstand, Free Beef Fun Day — Cattle Show Ring 1:30 p.m. Mike Hemmelgarn Entertainment Tent

Pen of Market Chickens Single Market Tom Turkey Pen of Market Rabbits Single Market Rabbit Market Kid Goat Pen of Two Market Lambs Single Market Lamb Market Barrow Dairy Steer Market Steer/Market Heifer The Kate Hasting Band — Entertainment Tent 7:30 p.m.Band Spectacular — Grandstands, Free Dusk Balloon Glow — Infield of Grandstands, Free 8 p.m. Junior Fair Dance — Pence Bldg 10 p.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. closes FFA Shop/Crop closes Art Hall closes Horticulture Hall closes Merchant Bldg. closes Vendor Displays closes 11 p.m. Rides, Games and Concessions closes • Thursday, Aug. 16 9:a.m. Market Barrow Sale

9:30 a.m. Miami County Horse Fun Day — Horse Arena, ending at 6 p.m. 10 a.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. opens FFA Shop/Crop opens Art Hall opens Horticulture Hall opens Merchants Bldg. opens Vendor Displays opens 1 p.m. Single Market Rabbit Sale — Immediately followed by Pen of Market Rabbits Sale — Immediately followed by Pen of Market Chickens Sale — Immediately followed by Single Market Tom Turkey Sale — Immediately followed by Single Market Lamb Sale — Immediately followed by Market Goat Sale — Immediately followed by Dairy Steer Sale — Immediately followed by Market Steer/Market Heifer Sale 3 p.m. Rides/Games Open — $15 bracelets good all day and night 6 p.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. dismissed

FFA Shop/Crop Bldg.dismissed Art Hall dismissed Horticulture Hall dismissed Merchant Bldg. closes Vendor Displays closes 7 p.m. Higgins Madewell — Entertainment Tent 7:30 p.m. Demolition Derby — Grandstand (Grandstand $5, Pit Pass $15) Concessions — North, East of Goat Barn and North of Sheep Barn closes (Concession Chairman will release you) 8:30 p.m. Concessions — West of Goat Barn and North of Sheep Barn closes (Concession Chairman will release you) 10:30 p.m. Concessions — All other on Main Drive and Grandstand Drive closes (Concession Chairman will release you) 11 p.m. Rides and Games close 2301340

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Bldg. opens FFA Shop/Crop opens Art Hall opens Horticulture Hall opens Merchants Bldg. opens Vendor Displays opens 10:30 a.m. Junior Fair Dairy Show followed by Open Class Dairy Show followed by Junior Fair Dairy Showmanship followed by Future Showman Show — Goat Barn — Milking Cows dismissed after Future Showman Show Flower Show Judging — Horticulture Bldg. 12 p.m. Junior Fair Barrow Show — Swine Arena Voting for People’s Choice award ends — Art Hall 2:30 p.m. 4-H Cloverbud Fun Time — Duke Lundgard Bldg. 3 p.m. Rides/Games Open — $15 bracelets good all day and night 6:30 p.m.Harness Racing — Grandstand, Free 7 p.m. Rock Island Plow Co. — Entertainment Tent 10 p.m. Duke Lundgard Bldg. closes FFA Shop/Crop closes Art Hall closes Horticulture Hall closes Merchants Bldg. closes Vendor Displays closes 11 p.m. Rides, Games and Concessions closes

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Forecast theme for fair flower show The Miami County Council of Garden Clubs is presenting “What’s the Weather Forecast,” the theme for the 2012 Miami County Fair Flower Show. Marian Moekel, cochair for Miami County Council of Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, say this year’s theme wasn’t really chosen due to the hot, dry weather the area has experienced this summer. “The themes are random,” she said. “We have had many different themes throughout the years — Miami County, national parks, music themes, movie themes, etc. so it’s rather ironic that weather is the theme this year. I like it.”

Organizers are hoping they will have the same number of entries as last year. “We probably had about 25 different people entered in both shows last year, but I definitely think the hot, dry weather will have an affect on the number of horticulture entries this year,” Moekel said. “There will probably be fewer, although I have no actual numbers available to me right now.” The fair flower show is open to the public and free to enter, but buying an exhibitor’s pass for $15 from the fair board is recommended, so entrants can enjoy the fair week at a discounted price. There is no fee to enter flowers and arrangements and no money is given for prizes. “This is an educational

show; we are here to learn and enjoy gardening and designing,” Moekel said. “We learn from the judges and each other.” The first show is Saturday, Aug. 11 and the second show is set for Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the Horticultural Building. Divisions for both shows must have their entries in place by 10:15 a.m. on both show dates. It is suggested that participants arrive early to leave time MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO for labeling. Both shows Former Best of Show winners in the Horticulture Hall included, l-r, Patty Kaplan, will be open to the public of Troy, Anita Brown, Troy and Vanessa Clark of Covington. after judging has been completed. A detail of the rules for entry can be picked up at the fair board office or inquiries may be emailed to The Miami County Fair Flower Show is sponsored by Andy’s Garden of Piqua and Troy.

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many area horseshoe pitchers will be competing at the world championships. “It won’t be anything like we have had in the past, but we’ll have some,” The Miami County Fair’s annual Kirk said. “There are just too many horseshoe pitching tournament was al- guys who will be pitching that same most placed in jeopardy this year since week in Knoxville. When you pitch at it will coincide with the 2012 World the world tournament they have you in Horseshoe Pitching Championships in several games and it is pretty strenuKnoxville, Tenn. ous.” But you know what the old saying is Presently, Kirk said he has about 15 when it comes to participants and almost: it only hopes that rises “Horseshoe pitching is on even higher. In counts in horseshoes and hand the past the the decline,” said Kirk, 71, grenades. tournament has The annual brought an upSanctioned Open who first began playing in ward of 50 comMixed Horsepetitors, but he shoe Pitching his backyard when he was a said he would be Tournament happy if he gets during Fair week child. “They are just not more than 20 is scheduled for this year. Saturday, Aug. that interested in it. I Further com11, and Sunday, plicating matAug. 12, and is don’t know the reason. ters is how the open to both men sport is viewed and women Maybe it’s not fast enough by the younger pitchers. generations, But the con- for them. Young people who do not have cern, according an interest in Tom Kirk, tour- just don’t take it up.” the sport. nament organ“Horseshoe izer, is a lack of pitching is on the decline,” said Kirk, entrants since the world champi- 71, who first began playing in his backonships are taking place from July 30 yard when he was a child. “They are through Aug. 11. just not that interested in it. I don’t Kirk said he has picked up a few know the reason. Maybe it’s not fast pitchers for the local tournament but enough for them. Young people just said this year’s number of participants don’t take it up.” would be negatively affected since Nevertheless the show will still go

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Dynamic Championship Wrestling returns to its roots BY DAVID FONG Executive Editor


Professional wrestling is going back to its roots once again at the Miami County Fair as Dynamic Championship Wrestling makes its return. “It’s grown every year we’ve had it there,” DCW promoter Lonnie Saunders said. “We love coming out to the Miami County Fair. We have a tremendous following out there.” Dynamic Championship Wrestling — which also runs shows every other month at the Piqua Armory — is carrying on a long-standing pro wrestling tradition. At the turn of the century — the 20th century, that is — pro wrestling shows would frequently run shows at fairs and carnivals. At those shows — which more legitimate athletic contests than today’s pre-determined pro wrestling — wrestlers would take on locals, with a cash prize offered to those who could defeat the professionals. Former world champions such as George Hackenschmidt, Ad Santel and Stanislaus Zybysko all got their starts as professional wrestlers at such events. Even hall of fame wrestler Harley Race — a


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seven-time National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight champion — got his start in the business working as a “shooter,” the term given to such wrestlers, at fair and carnivals. While the DCW stars who will appear at the fair this year are more the “modern” (read: pre-determined results) style pro wrestlers, they still have the same passion

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New year welcomes new fair manager Wealth of experience brings Keller to position will be six new conces- great people,” Keller Fair kicks off on Friday, sionaires including the said. “They have been a Aug. 10. For more inforfamous Schmidt’s wealth of information.” mation, visit www.miSausage Haus of GerThe Miami County man Village, known for its cream puffs and sandwiches. Also new is Arkansas’ Hahn’s MotorPROVIDED PHOTO First year Miami County fair manager Shelly Keller has taken all the bumps in the sports variety of fish road to opening day and looking forward to food, fun and entertainment to draw platters, including “po boys and other battered people back. sea food.” Looking for the more exotic game foods BY MELANIE and pushed through to said Lowe’s of Troy will be to try? Sliders will have offer the best food, fun at the fair all week and will While you're focused on weather, markets YINGST bison, elk, alligator and and entertainment to have home improvement and managing costs, Ohio Farm Bureau is Staff Writer wild boar for those who draw people back to the demonstrations throughworking to make your voice heard on the enjoy a more adventurfair. out the week. Upper Valley many other issues that impact your farm. ous palate. In her first year as the “If you haven’t been in Career Center will also Property Rights Livestock Care “We really think this Miami County Fair’s years, this is the year to have an air conditioned Water Quality Estate Taxes year is going to be manager, Shelly Keller is go,” Keller said. “There tent to offer relief from the State and Local Budgets Environmental Regulations Consumer Perception Oil and Gas Leases ready to hit the midway will be something for heat as well as a wealth of grand,” Keller said. Keller attributed her running. every one and those who demonstrations including first year as fair man“It’s been fabulous,” haven’t been will be technology demonstraager to all the help from Keller said, rattling off amazed at all the new tions for the crowds. the fair’s committees and the official countdown to and exciting things we Also new to the fair the start of the fair on have brought to the fair.” will be an “Antique Ap- her office staff of Jill Wright, Amber Johnson Aug. 10. “I’m absolutely Among the new addi- praisal Show” held on as well as the respective loving it.” tions, Keller has set up Monday, Aug. 13 from Miami County Farm Bureau Keller built a wealth of two large tents with noon to 4 p.m. Want to fair boards. 1554 McKaig Ave, Bldg B | Troy, OH 45373 “I’m working with 937-335-1471 | experience in the bank- more than 28 vendors to know how much ing, manufacturing and showcase their busi- grandpa’s pocket watch sales industries, which nesses and organiza- is worth? Bring it to the fine tuned her organiza- tions. Keller said the fair and have one of tional and people skills, tents will include an arts Miami County’s knowlwhich led her to top exec- and crafts vendors as edgeable auctioneers aputive administration po- well as home and garden praise the item for you Any One Item In Our sitions in each career. organizations. for a $5 fee. Limit is two “I was a big party “We want people to be items per person. All proHome Improvement planner, so this has been drawn to the area and I ceeds benefit the Miami Warehouse Store right up my alley,” Keller think people will really County Fair. said. Keller said she’s enjoy it,” Keller said. “It’s going to be so fun,” 150 E. Race St., Troy, Ohio taken every bump in the Looking for home im- Keller said. Open: Thurs. 9-5, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-4 road to the fair’s opening provement ideas? Keller Also new to the fair Expires September 30, 2011




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Hayes looking to make good first impression Passion for music should make for high-energy concert

Country music singer Hunter Hayes, shown performing at the 2012 Country Concert in Fort Loramie, is scheduled to play Aug. 11 at the Miami County Fair in Troy. ANTHONY WEBER/STAFF PHOTO

in the songs. “I’m totally stoked about how the record came out.” Hayes said he’s eager to share his music with country music fans in Troy this summer — one of several county fair stops before he heads out on the road this fall opening for Carrie Underwood. “I love coming to smaller towns. I was born in a small town (Breaux Bridge, La.) where everybody knows everybody. There’s just something about them,” he said. “There’s less of a corporate vibe, and it makes you feel good to be a part of a big thing in a small town. It’s a warm feeling, and there’s an energy to everyone in the town. And that feeling totally translates into the show — into the set listmaking process, and the pre-show warm-ups, and then into the show. There’s definitely a magic.” Hayes said one of the most gratifying experiences of being on stage is knowing fans are singing

along with him as he performs. “It’s unbelievable. I love making music — it’s why I do it. I love writing music. I love playing the shows. But there is nothing as validating or heartwarming as having people singing you songs,” he said. “I wrote a lot of stuff for this record, and most of it I didn’t know if anybody would like it. But I knew the songs I wanted on this record. I had 60 to choose from, and there were all songs I was attached to. To pick the 12 that we did and know that they’re singing along, it means that something means something to someone. And that is really the only thing I can ask for. That’s the dream for me.” To find out more about Hunter Hayes, visit his website at Tickets for the show are $18 for premier track seats, and $12 for grandstand seating, and can be ordered by phone (335-7492) or online (







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He has only one chance to make a good first impression, so Hunter Hayes is intent on making his first trip to Troy a memorable one. The 20-year-old country music phenom — whose 2011 debut single “Storm Warning” made a big splash on country radio stations nationwide — said he’s looking forward to making a few new friends when he performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Miami County Fair. “This is my chance to introduce myself to a lot of people … I’m just amped up to make the best impression I can,” he said during a July 6 interview in Fort Loramie. “It’s hard for me to describe my own show (but) it’ll be a high-energy show. I just love running around when I have space. I’ll do a lot of stuff from the new record, and we’ll throw in a couple of covers. “I want people to walk away saying, ‘You know what, there’s a couple of songs he sang that I can really identify with,’” he continued. “And, if nothing else, I just want them to say, ‘Wow, that was a fun show.’” The fun started for Hayes years ago when, at the age of 2, his grandmother gave him a toy accordion. Bit by the music bug, he said he’s been infatuated with

music ever since. “I live for it,” he said. “I don’t have any hobbies. I’m a very boring guy, but I love making music.” That fact has never been more evident than on his major label debut last year. The Louisiana native played all of the instruments on his selftitled debut album on the Atlantic-Nashville label. “It was a combination call,” he said of the decision to forego session musicians and play the instruments himself. “I by no means came to town and said, ‘I’m going to play everything.’ It wasn’t one of those kinds of things. It was very much so me going to the label head and saying, ‘Well, so, this is how I normally work.’ Honestly, it was kind of a pet idea of ours.” The label bought into the idea and gave Hayes the latitude he needed to do the project. “It became a love affair for me, because I would write the song, and I would basically be with it from beginning to end,” he said. “I was literally there through the whole process. I wrote it, demoed it, recorded it and then brought it to the show. So, there was this relationship with the song, if you will, where I could sort of see something I had in mind for it, and watch it sort of work itself out. And I became obsessed with being that close to the song. It helps me to be more invested


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their creativity while working alongside the artist. “They love it,” said Thompson, “By the end, the banner is abstract fair art.” The straw maze, provided by former board president Ty Hissong, also will be returning for Kids Day. “The maze is a big hit,” Thompson said. “It’s really popular with the kids.” Treats, lessons and more will be provided through presentations by the Troy Fire Department, Miami County Sheriffs Of-

fice, the Miami County Park District, Newspapers in Education, Miami County Soil and Water and Waco, which will be pro-

viding paper rockets. Face painting, games and goodie bags also will be available. “We receive coloring pages, crayons from Frisch’s, and other goodies each year to pass out to the kids,” Thompson said. A light lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Hot dogs, apple slices and drinks will be provided. “We couldn’t do it without our sponsors,” Thompson. “We would like to

thank each of them, as well as Deann Bechtol who has helped to organize the event.” McDonald’s,Troy Elevator, El Sombrero, Upper Valley Medical Center, Zell Farm Equipment, Kiwanis of Troy and BF Goodrich are all sponsoring Kids’ Day 2012. Following the morning

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As is tradition, Wednesday of fair week will be Kids’ Day for children age 10 and under and their parents. Kids’ Day will take place on the east side of the fairgrounds, between 25-A and the Merchant’s building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. “New this year is an additional event in the Entertainment Tent,” said Diana Thompson, fair board member and chair of Kids’ Day. The new event will be The Big Red Shoe Revue, an exciting presentation by Ronald McDonald, Thompson said. The show will feature improvisation, music and fun for the whole family. Ronald McDonald will begin at 10 a.m. and perform for 30 minutes. Also returning this year is Karen Kirk, a local artist who will share her expertise with the kids. “Karen will bring a big banner,” Thompson said, “which displays cows, a barn, pigs, just your general fair theme. The kids will have the opportunity to color it with paint. We provide smocks and materials. It’s just so cute to see them all dressed up.” The kids will have the opportunity to display

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Gospel Fest returns to fair

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It should be a full house at the annual Gospel Fest to be held at the Miami County Fair on Sunday, Aug. 12, in the entertainment tent on the Midway. This year’s singers will include Betty Tasker, Cove Spring Church Praise Group, Grace United Methodist Church Worship Team, the Tipp City Community Bible Church, and Berachah Valley with a special guest appearance by the Rum River Blend. Arlene Snider, chairman of the event, states this will be the fourth year for Gospel Fest, her committee of seven having begun their search for this season’s features in January and February. Working with either referrals or sending out let-

ters to churches across the county, the committee tends to limit singers and/or groups to four and five with each to entertain the crowds for about half an hour before the lead rounding out the special day’s show. Both Cove Spring and Berachah Valley are successful returns from last year’s Gospel Fest with Tasker, Grace United and Tipp City being newcomers to this very special, one-day joyful event. “We are always opened to somebody new,” said Snider, who started the fest after feeling a certain calling to bring something unique and different to the community for several years. Presenting her idea to the fair board, Snider was given free reign on Sundays to start as early as needed and ending as late as she wanted. Thanks to her commit-

tee, donations, churches and others pitching in to help, Gospel Fest is a big attraction at the fair with entertainment starting from 1 p.m. until about 5 or six in the evening, says Snider. Attendees are free to come and go in the entertainment tent with the only admission cost being that of initial entry into the fair. Fair goers can look forward to Betty Tasker, also known as the Songbird, a wife, mother and grandmother who shares her passion for singing with many churches and organizations to perform from 1:15-1:45 p.m. Cove Spring Church Praise group, a mix of contemporary Christian music and classic hymns under the direction of Pastor Evan Garber, will show from 22:30 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church Worship team, ranging in ages 15 to 85, from 2:45-

3:15 p.m., and the Tipp City Community Bible Church Praise Band from 3:30-4 p.m. Berachah Valley, founded in 2005 and a mix of traditional bluegrass, gospel and renditions, will perform along with special guest Rum River Blend from 4:15 p.m. onward. “Last year we had a packed house with them,” said Snider on Berachah, the group having performed at numerous venues from radio to television programs, to festivals in Indiana, Michigan, Maryland and Tennessee, to name but a few. Snider also noted that Rum River Blend, a bluegrass/folk band based in Troy, will be giving a special performance, Sept. 15 at the Snyder Road Church of God, 636 Snyder Road, Piqua off TroySidney Road.

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Something a little different this year Music to reach a larger demographic BY KATIE YANTIS Staff Writer m

Another dose of local tunes is set up to entertain those walking down the Medway at the Miami County Fair. Fair manager Shelly Keller, said the entertainment tent music went well last year but is excited about another year filled with top notch entertainment for all ages to enjoy. “It went great, this year we are bringing in a lot of new and exciting acts this year I feel,” Keller said. “I feel like we are trying to go outside the box a little bit and attract a larger demographic of people.” She said there is a common interest around the region for country music, but she said those planning this year appreciate the fact that there are many people with ears tuned to a different note. “We are trying a little bit different music,” Keller said. “It’s an attempt to get the fair going. We are trying to cater to a broader group of people. The fair is focused on farms and agriculture but we have many people moving to our area who are not necessarily farmers and

AG people. We are trying to have a little bit of something for everyone.” Among the acts lined up include, Spittin Image — two twin brothers who sing and play instruments, Broken Lights — a Tipp City based band who are covering classic rock from the ’70s and ’80s and a local favorite Higgins Madewell. In addition to all the musical favorites, Keller said there will be other forms of entertainment, including an antique appraisal show. “With all the reality shows on TV, we thought we would try something like that out,” Keller said. “We have local auctioneers from Miami County who are going to be on a panel and you can bring them an item and for $5 get an estimated appraisal. We are excited about that.” She also said Ronald McDonald will be present for kids day, when the kids get in free and another local favorite Mike Hemmelgarn will visit the county fair again. “He’s a hoot, everyone from all ages like him. He’s a ventriliquist,” Keller said. “He juggles tennis balls, knives, machetes, he’s very entertaining.” Keller said the entertainment tent is some-

thing that overs another facet to make the fair a success. “There is something for everyone at the fair,” Keller said. “The entertainment tent is free, you have free entertainment to listen to pretty much everyday — good music, good shows — everyday it has something exciting. For $5 you just can’t beat it.” Whether the fair is an annual trip or this year will be a first time visit Keller said old and new residents alike need to take a trip out to the grounds. “People need to just come and check it out,” she said. “If you haven’t been to the fair for several years, I think they are going to be surprised. There are a lot of new and exciting things — a lot of times people thing all fairs offer the same thing — I think we are bringing some new things, arts, crafts and vendors. It’s going to be exciting, most people think if you have been to one fair you have been to all of them and that is just not true.” For more information and a schedule for the 2012 Miami County Fair visit

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Antique appraisal new to Miami County fair Panel of local auctioneers available to appraise up to two items per individual Do you think you have a valuable piece of history? You just might be able to find out for sure this year at the Miami County Fair. New this year is an antique appraisal show that will provide answers about that family heirloom or interesting item that you picked out along the way. “Everyone thinks they have that one thing that is worth millions, and wants to know what their item is valued at,” said Shelly Keller, fair manager. “And we thought, why couldn’t we do that at the fair?” On Monday, Aug. 13, from 12-4 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent, a panel of local auctioneers will gather to appraise up to two items per individual. Each item’s appraisal will cost $5, with proceeds benefiting the fair. “There will be three Miami County auctioneers in the panel, Bob Honeyman, Scott Pence and

Jerry Stichter,” Keller said. “Having more than one appraiser at this event was an auctioneer’s idea. That way there will be a wider variety of knowledge, and a better appraisal.” “We can collaborate,”

said auctioneer Bob Honeyman of Ludlow Falls. “If it is something we are familiar with, or something that we have seen, one of us will have an idea on the price to put on it. When we collaborate, it will take just a few minutes.” Honeyman is looking forward to what comes through the tent doors. “You just never know what is going to come in. It

could be interesting or unique, or something new that we have to do some research on,” he said. Customers will receive a verbal appraisal of each item. Although there is a limit of two items, there may be opportunities at the end for more appraisals, depending on time, Keller said. “This is the first time we have done anything like this at the fair,” she said. “We want to accommodate our customers so that can enjoy the appraisal, and then stay for the fair.” To accommodate items that are just too heavy to walk along the fairgrounds, there will be fair workers with golf carts to shuttle customers. “We want everyone to stay for the fair,” Keller said. “With the carts, anyone can have a ride to the tent and then back so that they can lock their collectible in the car and enjoy the rest of the fair.” Collectibles will be appraised through a ticket system. Participants will grab a number and be seated until their number is called for the appraisal.

“We’re sure to see quite a few antiques,” Honeyman said. “Get here early,” said Keller, “it will be an event to enjoy.” Keller invites the public to check out the Antique Appraisal Event on the Miami County Fair Facebook page at “Share it with your friends,” she said, “I’ve shared it will all mine.”


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Pig and calf scramble makes a comeback Cash prizes to be awarded in each division, heat BY KATHY ORDING Staff Writer

Junior Fair exhibitors have a chance to compete for cash prizes in a Sunday night event that returns to the Miami County Fair after an absence of a couple of decades. The Pig and Calf Scramble at 7 p.m.Aug. 12 in front of the Grandstand includes five divisions, for children from 7 and under up to a senior division for ages 19 and up. “We expect it to draw a good crowd,” said Senior Fair Board member Matt Gross, in his first year as entertainment chairman, after serving as co-chair for several years. “Some of the other directors have been to other fairs, and saw they had real good attendance and turnout, so we thought we’d give it another shot,” Gross said. “It’s a hit at other fairs,” agreed Shelly Keller, fair manager. “It is funny. It brings a lot of spectators.” The fun will begin with a Chicken Chase for children 7 and under. “We have 2- and 3-year-olds in that Chicken Chase. It is going to be hilarious,” Keller said. “I’m sure that’s going to be a hoot,” Gross said. A Goat Scramble is open to children ages 8-10, a Pig Scramble is for Junior Fair participants from ages 11-13, and older teens will be divided into two groups for a Calf Scramble, ages 14 and up, and 19 and up. Cash prizes will be awarded in each division. The overall winner in the Calf Scramble will receive $200, with a $100 prize awarded to the overall second-fastest time. In addition, prizes of $50 for first place and $25 for second place will be awarded to the winners of each heat. The Pig Scramble promises prizes of $150 and $75, with heat prizes of $40 and $20; the Goat Scramble first-place winner gets $100, with $50 for second place, plus

$30 and $15 for heat winners. Prizes for the Chicken Chase are still to be determined. The fair is able to offer cash prizes for the event thanks to the dedication of fair boad members, Gross said. “We’ve worked real hard on our fundraising,” he said, and added that it can take such incentives to interest the kids in an event, as the fair competes for children’s attention. The lure of fun and prizes seemed to be working, too, as two weeks before a July 28 deadline to enter, the fair was well on the way to filling the maximum 36 entries in each division. “I know, right off the bat, it seemed like we were getting a good response,” Gross said. The event fills the Sunday night slot that opened up when fair officials decided to move the fair concert night from Sunday to Saturday.This year’s concert features country singer Hunter Hayes at 8 p.m. Aug. 11. “We moved our concert night from Sunday to Saturday,” Gross said.“It seemed like we were always fighting attendance numbers. People don’t want to be out late on Sunday night when they have to go to work on Monday morning. So we moved (the concert) to Saturday.” “We thought the Pig and Calf Scramble would be a good thing to fill Sunday night,” he added, and said that Sunday is a good night for the Junior Fair exhibitors, too, as all shows end by 6 p.m., giving the fair’s young participants a free evening. Admission for spectators to enter the Grandstand to watch the fun will be $1 per person. “We expect it to draw a good crowd,” Gross said. “I think it’s going to be fun and people are going to enjoy it,” Keller said.


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