DOVER -- Preparations are underway and fair officials expect to be ready for opening day of the 163rd Tuscarawas County Fair. Billed as the "Best Seven Days of September," the fair is scheduled for Sept. 16-22 at the fairgrounds at Dover.

Todd Kendle, fair board president, said, "The fair board is proud to host the 4-H, FFA and all the organizations that create our great county fair. We invite you to enjoy the animal and showcase displays, delicious food, local businesses and top quality entertainment.

"The fair board extends a hearty thank you to the many dedicated local citizens and businesses who support the fair year after year. Investing in our youth and agriculture will plant the seeds of a secure future for Tuscarawas County," he said.

The annual junior fair king and queen contest will be held at the main show arena Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the annual plate auction and the miscellaneous and FCS Project awards at 7 p.m.

Monday will start out with the traditional "Sheep Day" events, with both junior fair and open class judging, Junior fair poultry will also be judged along with junior fair beef and bred and fed steer show. Tough trucks are at the grandstand at 7:30 p.m.

Kendle said the main change this year is in the grandstand entertainment Tuesday night. A Mid State Sanctioned rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. instead of the usual motocross.

Junior fair events Tuesday include the junior fair market hog show at the main arena, the western horse show, utility market and dairy goat show and

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showmanship, along with the Guys and Gals lead class.

Junior fair beef projects take the center stage on Wednesday and rabbit judging has been added. The open class dairy show and kiddie showmanship will start at 1 p.m. Neal McCoy will entertain at the grandstand at 7:30 p.m.

The junior fair English horse show, pygmy goat show and pygmy goat and kiddie showmanship will be the main Thursday earlier junior fair events, climaxing with the livestock sale of hogs, lambs and steers, in that order starting at 4 p.m.

Grandstand entertainment will feature the River Valley Antique Tractor Pullers & Ohio Mod Rod Pull at the grandstand.

Friday junior fair events include a dairy show and dairy products sale, pet rabbit show, a pony show and versatility show. The NTPA Sanctioned Truck and Tractor Pull will be at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the junior fair hosts a number of area schools for the general livestock and dairy invitational judging contests.

Other junior fair activities include the Super Showmanship contest, the junior fair horse fun show, and small animal auction.

The llama show will be in the swine arena at 6 p.m. and the OSTPA Sanctioned truck and tractor pull will be at 7 p.m.

No junior fair activities are scheduled for Sunday, although quite a few of the 4-Hers have entries in the open class beef show which starts at 10 a.m. The morning worship service with Ron Davis will start the day at 9:30 a.m. The demolition derby will cap the day's activities that evening.

Race horse fans may be interested in the harness racing to be held Friday and Saturday of the fair.