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The 158th Portage County Randolph Fair is under way this week at the grounds on Route 44 in Randolph Township.
The weather was expected to be pleasant as the fair opened on Aug. 23, and fair board members are keeping their eyes on the sky.
It’s practically a tradition that there will be rain at least one day. Two years ago heavy rains resulted in muddy parking lots so bad that more than 100 cars had to be towed
Over the weekend, volunteers made last-minute preparations of buildings and grounds, while Junior Fair and 4-H members began checking in with their animals on Aug. 21.
On Aug. 22, hundreds of people brought their entries for contests from antiques to woodworking.
“Things are falling into place,” said Debi Heppe, assistant secretary of the fair board, at the beginning of the week. “Entries in the open classes are up.”
A few more vendors have been added in both the merchants and food area, said Charles Breiding, who handles the merchants area.
The second night of the demolition derby is tonight (Aug. 24). Tractors pulls will be Aug. 26-27 and the rough truck contest is Aug. 28.
General admission is $5, and $1 for children ages 6 to 11. Children under 6 are free.