Sandusky County Fair opens with car races

FREMONT - The Sandusky County Fair kicked off Monday with sprint and vintage car races, with fair officials hoping for a high turnout this week for grandstand entertainment ranging from micro wrestling to country music headliner Tracy Byrd.

Fair Board Director Martin Jay said opening day went smoothly, with brief morning rain giving way to clear skies in the afternoon and evening.

Jay said Monday evening's sprint and vintage car races went off without a hitch, with the typical large opening day crowd at the fair.

"It looked like everybody was enjoying plenty of fair food," Jay said.

Jay said he's been getting a lot of positive feedback about nightly grandstand entertainment this week, including Tuesday night's micro wrestling, Wednesday's livestock scrambles and Byrd's Friday night concert.

There is no reserved seating for the Byrd concert and Jay expects ticket sales to be brisk Thursday and Friday before the show, which starts at 7 p.m.

The Budweiser Clydesdales will appear at the fair Wednesday from 12-2 p.m.

Jay said the appearance of the team was made available by John Hipp , vice president of Norwalk's Maple City Ice, the fairgrounds' beer distributor.

He said the Clydesdales made their last appearance at the fair about eight years ago.

Tuesday morning, fairgoers walked through some of the barns and buildings and began filling up the fairgrounds around 11 a.m.

The Sandusky County Sheriff's Office is one of many organizations and local groups with tents set up at the fair.

Sheriff Chris Hilton said the sheriff's office is giving away donated bikes and safety kits this year.

Hilton said the sheriff's office tent will feature "Cookies with the Sheriff" Thursday.

Other events at the sheriff's tent this week include K-9 dog demonstrations and an appearance by the agency's Special Response Team members, Hilton said.

"I encourage people to come out and check it out," Hilton said.


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