Ox Hill Fair opens Sunday
August 31, 2013 11:00 AM
by JEREMY HARTLEY

HOME — The 78th annual Ox Hill Community Agricultural Fair is slated to begin Sunday evening, marking the start of a week of fun for all families.

All the old favorite events and entertainment are returning, with a few additions, according to fair president Doug Marshall.

“We’ve got a miniature horse pull, that’s new this year,” said Marshall. “We got some local guys that have some little horses, some about 30 inches tall. Of course we have the ATV drag race coming back. That’s always a big crowd pleaser.”

Marshall, 35, of Home, has been president of the fair for the past three years. He began helping coordinate and set up the fair a decade ago.

“A lot has changed over the last 10 years, with the equipment and donations,” he said. “I credit a lot of local businesses that helped out 10 years ago and they’re still helping out with equipment needs.”

Marshall explained that a great deal of work goes into preparing for the fair each year, starting with contract signings as early as January. Workers come in throughout the summer to prepare the fairgrounds, with the fourth work day scheduled for today. So far, Marshall and others have built new bleachers, set up new gates, built a new walking bridge and mowed the grass in preparation for guests.

“We’re trying to make things better for everyone,” he said.

The fair kicks off Sunday evening with a harvest day service followed by the popular queen and princess contest.

Throughout the week, entertainment and events can be found in the evening, including local entertainers, school bands, country and ’80s rock bands, and numerous races, pulls and derbies. Highlights include Monday’s ATV drag race, Tuesday’s antique tractor pull, Wednesday’s miniature horse pull, Thursday’s horse and pony pull, Friday’s demolition derby and Saturday’s truck pull.

Musical entertainment includes acoustic country and rock from Mark & Sean, high school bands and drill teams, country and bluegrass from Redding Run Ramblers and ’80s hair metal from Highway 80.

Plenty of entertainment can be found off the main stage as well, with livestock displays, needlecraft competitions, baking competitions, art exhibits, floral exhibits and numerous other exhibitions for visitors to enjoy.

Marshall explained there has been a good turnout for event registration this year.

“We even may have had a little better turnout than we had last year,” he said. “The numbers came back and it looks pretty good.”

He did confess that he is “partial to the tractors, because that’s what I do.” He, along with his father, brother and nephew, all participate in the tractor pulls as a friendly competition among family members.

Marshall wants to make sure to recognize the contributions of local business to the success of the fair.

“It’s real nice to have local businesses appreciate the need for community to have a place to come together one week a year and do stuff,” he said. “It’s great. I can’t thank them enough.”

The Ox Hill Fair is along Route 85 between Home and Plumville. Admission is $4, which includes parking, rides, all shows and special events.

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