COLUMBIANA CORNER The ups and downs of the county fair

Visitors of all ages wandered the grounds of the Columbiana County Fair in Lisbon last week, with comments throughout about the hilly terrain.
Upon being told they could not take a large delivery truck through the grounds, two delivery men eyed the slope from the front gate to the midway and wondered how far they'd have to carry their load.
In the fair office, Terri Hunter, fair manager, fielded a phone call from a woman inquiring about the best way to navigate to the grandstand. The woman was not about to allow an injured knee keep her from attending the demolition derby.
"Yes, we have hills," Hunter remarked after hanging up the phone," but this is home."
Out on the grounds several senior citizens made their way past the livestock barns and started up the short but steep grade toward the FFA concession stand.
"This hill gets steeper every year," one noted.
What's in a name?
Columbiana County commissioners had some fun with titles recently.
When commissioner President Jim Hoppel referred to county Engineer Bert Dawson as "county commissioner," Commissioner Dave Cranmer corrected him.
"We've got enough commissioners," Cranmer said.
"He [Dawson] wouldn't want to be lowered down to this position," Hoppel replied.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Nancy Tullis and Norman Leigh of the Salem Bureau.

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