Hocking County Fair Kicks Off Monday

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The 161st edition of the annual Hocking County Fair gets underway Monday, Sept. 8 with some traditional features along with some new lineup changes.

Returning to the fair this year is Buffo, the World's Strongest Clown. Buffo has been a big hit in the past and fair organizers said they are pleased to have him back this year.

Always a staple of the fair, the Logan High School Marching Chieftains will perform Tuesday at 5 p.m. while Thursday, Sept. 9, will be recognized as Senior Citizen and Veteran's Day at the fair.

Traditionally held every Saturday of the fair, the popular demolition derby will move to Friday this year. Moving into the Saturday slot is the tractor pull.

Regular events such as animal shows, fair booth exhibits, live music, motocross, royalty crowning, amusement rides and more make their return as well.

Special recognition will be given this year to Patrick Jones, a longtime fair board member who died in December. Jones spent more than 26 years overseeing the fairgrounds. The art hall building has been named after Jones in his honor.

Earnest Smith will also be posthumously recognized for his 19 years of service after he died in January. Smith was president of the fair board for six years and the board has recognized him by pacing his picture on the front of the show arena, now officially known as the Ed Smith Show Arena.

The Hocking County Fair kicks off Monday and continues through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Hocking County Fairgrounds.