Fair officials and community members officially kicked off the 2013 Logan County Fair Sunday evening at the annual opening ceremonies.
The fairground grandstands were the site of the event and that recognized a start to the 163rd agricultural celebration. The ceremony also honored veterans from the Vietnam War and their service to the country. An estimated 50 veterans were in attendance with an even larger crowd looking on.
Logan County Fair board President Skip Jackson served as master of ceremonies and officially welcomed guests to the 2013 Logan County Fair.
Listen to Jackson talk about the ceremony and the busy week ahead
A portion of the opening ceremonies each year is spent remembering local veterans from a specific war. This year, a majority of the ceremony was spent recognizing local Vietnam veterans.
Patriotic songs and the releasing of balloons (pictured top) made up the parts of the ceremony saying thanks to the veterans.
(Pictured right; veterans salute the American flag)
Fair Secretary Susan Cronkleton and Jr. Fair Board President Jessica Skidmore decorated each veteran with a pin on behalf of the fair community as each person was individually recognized.
A new addition to the service was the recognition of three local businesses, which have served the fair faithfully over the years.
The Bellefontaine Examiner, Thompson Electric, and WPKO/WBLL Radio were recognized as local businesses vital to the fair’s continued success.
News Director Bill Tipple accepted the award on behalf of WPKO/WBLL. He says the fair is the biggest event in the county each year and serves to remind people that agriculture continues to be the world’s largest industry.
He noted his experience in 4-H and his great respect for the young people who put in the effort year-around for the one week of exhibiting.
Listen to Bill Tipple talk about the radio station’s coverage of the fair and his experience with 4-H
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Watch News Director Bill Tipple and the other business leaders accept the awards
Commissioner Bayliss, Core, and Wickersham were each present at the event. Commissioner Dustin Wickersham commented on the importance of the ceremony and why people should come to the 2013 Logan County Fair.
Listen to Commissioner Wickersham talk about the ceremony and the fair experience
The Logan County Fair runs Monday through Saturday. You can see more at http://www.logancountyfair.org/