Adults and children are both ready for the fair

| September 28, 2012

COSHOCTON – Carol Miller was born to be involved with the fair.

“I have fair in my blood,” she said. “I was born fair week, two months before Pearl Harbor in 1941.”

The doctor who delivered Miller always took the Thursday of fair off and Miller made sure to arrive in time for him to continue that tradition.

“I was born at 11 p.m. that Wednesday so he was still able to go to the fair,” she said. “Since then I’ve done 4-H projects and school displays at the fair. Socially, I grew up here.”

Miller was working the Seventh Street fair gate Sept. 28, the first day of the 161st Coshocton County Fair, with Jim Gephart.

“I’ve only sold seven or eight tickets so far,” he said. “I’ve taken more passes. We expected it to be slow at first (on the first day), but there will be a big influx once the kids get out of school.”

Eighth grader Terrell Fiffer was already out of school so he could take care of his horse Charlie.

“I like the fair because I can show my horse and my friends can come support me,” he said.

Fiffer barrel races with his horse and also competes in Haflinger showmanship.

“I’m looking forward to doing good,” he said.

The Mizer siblings also are going to be busy during the fair. Between the three of them they will be showing lambs, a horse and a pony.

“It’s fun showing and I enjoy the competition,” Dakota said. “I also like seeing everybody from 4-H Camp.”

All three seemed to be just a little bit more excited about showing their horse and pony than the lambs. Dakota and Laney were both going to compete with a pony named Hotwheel and Macey was showing Holleywood the horse.

While animals were settling into their barns, businesses and organizations also were busy Sept. 28, putting the final touches on their fair booths.

“I like meeting different people and new veterans and talking to them about their experiences,” said Bob Dalzell from the Coshocton County Vietnam Veterans. “We also get to sit here and smell all the good food from our spot under the grandstand.”

Jerry Green also enjoys working the group’s fair booth because of the camaraderie.

“I found out the guy who just left was over there (Vietnam) at the same time I was,” he said. “We were just in different places.”

Many booths at the fair also have giveaways and raffles.

At the Vietnam Veterans location you can purchase six raffle tickets for $5 or one for a $1 for the chance to win a M&P 15-22 Rifle, a trail camera or a knife, which were all purchased from Woodbury Outfitters.

“Joe (the owner of Woodbury) treats us really good,” Green said. “He helps us out as much as he can.”

The winners of their raffle will be drawn on the second Saturday of October.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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