COSHOCTON The 160th Coshocton County Fair, A Family Tradition Celebrating 200 years, will take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 6 at the fairgrounds, with the schedule close to those of previous fairs.

Arriving as it does at the close of summer and the beginning of the autumn season, fairgoers can expect an extensive array of garden vegetables and flowers in the displays. The grange is especially noted for outstanding exhibits.

Both the junior and senior fair schedules are about the same as in previous years. With the passing of the OSU Extension levy in Coshocton County, most of the 4-H programming has been restored.

Jan Luce, OSU Extension Programming coordinator, 4-H Youth Development for Coshocton County, said With the passing of the levy it was time to reassess the needs of the current 4-H program. A needs assessment was the tool to accomplish this objective. It has taken dedication from the entire office staff, from so much public and business support and the many, many hours of the truly hard working, dedicated volunteers.

In addition, many advisors have stepped forward to share their time and knowledge. They have been a tremendous help this year, not only their physical help but also through their patience and understanding.

Luce has been an OSU employee for 30 years. With the cuts extension had to take in funds, each person had to take on extra responsibilities. With the passage of the levy, they were able to add an extra person, Jenny Cherry, to the extension staff. Cherry, the new OSU Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, reported that Coshocton County now has a total of 47 4-H clubs that will be represented at the fair, and through these clubs, the youth have signed up for a total of 1,291 projects. She noted that the market hog project was the most popular, with 124 projects enrolled this year.

Cherry said, Most of our animal projects increased this year.

Poultry is up with 134 projects ( 129 in 2010); goats, 94 (72); rabbits, 105 (95); sheep, 63 (57); and beef 83 (65).

A few categories also decreased but the projects tend to fluctuate some each year, and our increases definitely outweigh our decreases, she said.

Paul Golden, who had served as the Coshocton County Agricultural agent before his retirement several years ago, has returned to help with the Extension work.

The hay show is one of the first junior fair events as the fair starts Friday, Sept. 30. The poultry judging, a horse show and goat show, 4-H booth judging and 4-H modeling review are Saturday highlights.

Llamas, market hogs, dogs, cats and small animals, along with public speaking evaluation: Opportunity No. 1 are Sunday features.

Highlights for the junior fair Monday include the open class market judging, the dairy breeding show, showmanship, kids and calves, rabbit show, tasting smorgasbord, and market steer and feeder calf and beef breeding shows.

Tuesdays main features are the market lamb and sheep breeding shows, lamb lead classes and public speaking classes.

Another highlight is the junior fair auction sale of champions which will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Senior fair grandstand entertainment includes the OSTPA Truck and tractor pull Friday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.; the A-Bar Rodeo, Bull Mania (bull riding) Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; country singer Rorey Wesney on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; Rough Truck contest on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; and Motocross racing Thursday at 7:30 p.m.