DOVER -- Preparations are under way and fair officials expect to be ready for opening day of the 162nd Tuscarawas County Fair. Billed as the "Best Seven Days of September," the fair is scheduled for Sept. 17-23 at the fairgrounds at Dover.

Steve Cronebaugh, fair board director, noted that the schedule remains pretty much the same as in previous years.

"The main change this year is that we went to online ticket sales for our country music entertainment and will be offering limited reserve seating for the Friday night OSTPA pull and the Saturday night NTPA pull," he said. "We would like to welcome our new fair secretary, Leigh Maple, who has helped for many years at the fair and is doing a great job. We would also like to thank Patty Arth for her many years of service as fair secretary."

The king and queen contest will be held at the main show arena Sunday, Sept. 16 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 traditional "Sheep Day" events with both junior fair and open class judging. Junior fair poultry will also be judged and the guys and gals lead class has been added.

Western horse judging and the junior fair market hog show and dog show and senior fair draft horse halter show are the main Tuesday events with Motocross at the grandstand at 7:30 p.m.

Junior fair beef projects take the center stage on Wednesday and rabbit judging and swine showmanship have been added. The open class dairy show will start at 1 p.m. and Lauren Alaina will be at the grandstand at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday has been designated as "Family Day," with a $2 gate admission price all day. Junior fair dairy and market goat show, English horse show, pygmy goat show and livestock sale of lambs, steers and hogs will be featured and the open class draft horse hitch show complete the program. River Valley Tractor Pullers and Ohio Mod Rod Pull will be at the grandstand that night.

Friday junior fair events include a dairy show and dairy products sale, pony show, pet rabbit show and versatility show. The OSTPA 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 events are the super showmanship contest, a 4-H horse fun show, and the small animal auction. The llama show will be in the swine arena.

No junior fair events are scheduled for Sunday, although quite a few of the 4-Hers have entries in the open class beef show that forenoon. The morning worship service will start the day at 9:30 a.m. There will be a demolition derby to 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.