Mark’s Musings – October 10, 2012

| October 9, 2012
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Whew. The 161st Coshocton County Fair is in the books. The last hog has been trucked back home to its pigpen and the rides, French fry stands and more are on their way to the Fairfield County Fair in Lancaster. Hats off to the senior and junior fair board for hosting another outstanding county fair for our community. The fair board works hard throughout the year to ensure that the rides are here, the eat stands are plentiful and the entertainment is plentiful. And that it was. Whether you enjoy thrills, spills bills (as in ducks) or chills, this fair had ‘em all!

I imagine there are a few who will offer up complaints about the fair; this could have been better, what about this entertainer, why don’t they do that or why does it cost $8 to get in? Wow, $8. The price of a pizza or a decent lunch the last time I checked. I realize that for some families that may be significant but when you really add it all up, the entertainment value at our county fair is pretty much second to none when it comes to local venues. It literally provides an entire day of activity if you wish. Browsing the livestock barns, the youth building, the education building, the art hall, the grange hall with all those delicious aromas – and speaking of aromas, the food itself. Of course, food is not included in the gate price. That’s okay.

For many, the county fair may provide that once per year opportunity to actually see real livestock. The thrill of the truck and tractor pull, ATV rodeo, rough truck, bull mania, motocross or harness racing filled the grandstand with cheering, hooting and hollering as fans cheered on their favorite driver, jockey or bull rider. Lots of fun.

Great job fair board. Thanks to them and the many other volunteers that help make this fairtastic show possible.

The Buckeyes are, apparently, for real and Coach Meyer has them rolling. The Reds are in the playoffs and winning. But not the Browns. Not sure what the answer is for that. Now, what do you think about Terry Francona being named the Indians new skipper? Francona knows his baseball and knows how to win. Let’s hope the front office gets him the talent he needs and lets him win. After all, he is the one that got rid of the curse in Beantown. Perhaps he can do the same in Cleveland.

What’s up with bananas? They just don’t seem to last very long these days? Hmm, this could be an investigative story in the making. Watch for an update.

Have you visited our new website? Based on our continuing increase in page views, thousands of you are looking at it on a regular basis. The sale of champions from the junior fair auction is now online. You can see it at Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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