UPDATE 9/2/2014 3:45 PM
The Washington County Fair opened its gates for free to local students Tuesday.
Developmentally handicapped students from Wasco and Ewing school as well as other students from local schools were able to enjoy the rides, food and shows without the crowds.
Fair organizers made sure there were plenty of activities open, especially the horse rides and petting zoo.
"Animal therapy is one thing that really, really works well for these kids and I saw so many kids, that their whole personality changed for them and they were having so much fun," says Shawna Burke, Washington County Fair director.
The fair wraps up Tuesday night with the large animal sale at 6:00.
Organizers say dairy feeder steer will be sold first, followed by lamb and market steer.
The demolition derby is scheduled for 7:30 and everything closes at 11 p.m.
UPDATE 9/1/2014 11:35 AM
It dates back to before the dawn of the Civil War.
The Washington County Fair began the day Saturday in Marietta with a parade.
Hundreds marched in the annual parade.
And people from across the region cheered them on.
Some onlookers were veteran marchers.
Others just grateful to see their community come together.
Happening Sunday at the fair, a lot of animals on display, like goats, horses and cows.
Festivities continue through Tuesday.
UPDATE 8/29/2014 4:00 PM
As Washington County Fair weekend approaches, officials are making sure there is plenty of security, following an incident at the fair last year.
Last year officials found a registered sex offender running a fair ride.
The man had a fake ID.
This year the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the fair board have taken extra measures to make sure that doesn't happen again and that the fair is a safe places for families.
"We are having the local department check all of the people that are working, that are not working for us - carnival and stuff like that. And then we have also made badges based on out of town or local people," says Fred Boyd, Fair Board President.
This way law enforcement can easily identify who is who.
Boyd says most of the fair workers hired have been working at the fair for several years.
They strive to make sure everyone that comes to the fair feels safe and has a great time.
Rides, animals and carnival food.
Plus live music and the demolition derby.
There's something for everyone this weekend at the annual Washington County Fair.
It opens to the public Saturday at 8 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.
Thursday crews started working to prepare the buildings, electric, vendors and rides.
Even some animals started arriving Thursday, keeping the fairgrounds a busy place.
"I think that we have put together a very nice fair for everybody. We got music, we got the Northeast Ohio Dukes, tractor pull, we got demo, we got rides animals, everybody should be here," says Fair Board President Fred Boyd.
Friday check-in continues.
Most cattle will be arriving and many are coming to see the new rabbitt and poultry barn.
Rides open at noon Saturday and the fair runs through Tuesday.
Click on the link to the right for a fair schedule.