It’s time once again for cotton candy, tilt-a-whirls, tractor pulls, hog races and 4-H livestock shows and exhibits. The 2015 Belmont County Fair, a family tradition since 1849, officially opens today,  Sept. 9 with opening ceremonies at noon on the Robinson Stage. The fair continues through Sunday, Sept. 13 and includes junior fair livestock shows, 4-H project displays, pig races, Fair Field Days, The Zerbini Family Circus, entertainment, rides, concessions, High Impact Motor Sports demolition derby, MX 213 Motocross Racing, Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association truck and tractor pull, junior fair square dance, and more. There will be a daily petting zoo and camel rides and “Kid” Dave strolling the grounds daily.
General Admission is $8 Wednesday through Sunday and includes free entertainment including grandstands and parking when available. A lunch hour pass is $5 Wednesday through Friday. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a special ticket may be purchased at the Secretary’s Office for admission to the grounds for $5 and will be refunded if the person returns and leaves the grounds in one hour or less. Cannot be used to obtain ride ticket.
Mechanical rides will be open Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and 6- 11 p.m. and Sunday,  noon to 5 p.m. Holders of all tickets, passes, or junior fair arm bands can purchase a ride pass from Bates Bros. for $5 which will entitle them to ride all mechanical rides for that day only.
Official opening ceremonies will be held on Wednesday at noon, followed by the Belmont County Commissioners’ annual town hall meeting at 1:30 p.m., all on the Robinson Stage.  The Wild World of Animals will entertain at 5 p.m and again at 8 p.m. An Elephant Encounter will be at 6 p.m and 7:30 p.m. KOI drag racing begins at 7 p.m. Local country music artist Matt VanFossen takes the Robinson stage at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, local school children will experience the fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Fair Field Days. Cosi on Wheels will be in the Carnes Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Junior Livestock Sales begin at 1 p.m. and continues again at 5 p.m. The Wild World of Animals will have shows at 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. An Elephant Encounter will be at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. John Cooper will perform as Abraham Lincoln on the Robinson Stage at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., Phil Dirt presents: “Surf’s Up! A Tribute to the Beach Boys” on the Robinson Stage.
Friday’s events include the 20th annual dairy products auction at noon in the Erb Electric Livestock Show Arena.  The Wild World of Animals will perform at 1 and 5 p.m. An Elephant Encounter will be at 2:30, 6 and 8 p.m The Sugar Creek Bluegrass Band will perform at 7 p.m. on the Robinson Stage. The Rarely Herd will perform at 8 p.m. on the Robinson Stage. The junior fair square dance with Deep Down Country begins at 9 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday at 9 p.m. in the Erb Electric Livestock Show Arena..
The MX 213 Motocross Race, will be held on  Saturday. Registration begins at 7 a.m., practice/qualifying begins at 8:30 a.m. and racing begins at 10:30 a.m. The Elephant Encounter will be at 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Wild World of Animals will be 1, 5 and 7:30 p.m. The Jr. Fair Showman of Showmen Contest begins at 2 p.m. in the Livestock Show Arena.
Black Horse performs on the Robinson Stage at 4 p.m. The truck and tractor pull will be begin at 7 p.m. Night Prowler: AC/DC Tribute takes the stage at 8 p.m.
Sunday’s events begin with morning worship service at 11 a.m. on the Robinson Stage. The Wild World of Animals performs at 12:30, 2, and 4 p.m. Voice of Ohio takes the Robinson Stage at 1 p.m.  An Old School Demolition Derby and a Pedal Tractor Pull will also be held at 1 p.m. The Elephant Encounter will be at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
The 2015 Belmont County Fair will close at 5 p.m.
For more information and contest rules, visit www.belmontcountyfair.org.