The Trumbull County Fair will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with its annual Parade of Colors.
Junior Fair, Senior Fair, 4-H and governmental officials, and Miss Ohio 2013 Heather Wells will participate in the opening-day event.
Wells, 23, of Warren, was crowned Miss Ohio 2013 on June 22 in the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. She will be riding in the parade as well as becoming a part of the fair’s opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. and the Miss Trumbull County Fair pageant at 7:30 p.m. Wells also will be available to take photos, sign autographs and talk to fairgoers.
She has a degree in broadcast journalism from Kent State University and is pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition. She hopes to pursue a career in media, working as a health correspondent for a major news network.
Wells’ journey through the Miss America Scholarship Program started in 2007. She has gained $30,000 in scholarship money and will travel to Atlantic City in September to represent the state in the Miss America scholarship pageant.
As she got her start in the Trumbull County 4-H program at the county fair, Wells will be returning to her roots on opening day. Wells was Miss Trumbull County Fair 2008. She also served as the Junior Fair Queen in 2008, and was a member of the Silver Claws Cats 4-H Club.
The opening ceremonies will take place at the Historical Stage located next to the Historical Village and the Milking Barn at the fairgrounds. This will be followed immediately by the Miss Trumbull County Fair pageant.
The Birds in Flight Sanctuary will have wild birds and owls on display at the fair in the Ohio Division of Wildlife tent located next to the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center Educational Building No. 5-B, sponsored by BP. Heather Merritt will conduct her birds-of-prey show Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, the Junior Fair Livestock Auction begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Livestock Sale Barn in the middle of the animal buildings on the western side of the fairgrounds. Rabbits, ducks, geese, chickens, lambs, goats, pigs and cattle will be sold via auction throughout the day to benefit youths.
The final day of the fair will be a day of fun and celebration. Trumbull County 4-H Advisory Committee will have breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Saddle Horse Area to support the 4-H youth program. The fair board will host a rooster- crowing contest at 9 a.m., a skillet-toss contest at 10 a.m., and a corn hole tournament at 11 a.m. A cow-milking contest sponsored by Agri-King and Joe Holler will be at 1 p.m.
There’s a fireworks grand finale next Sunday at approximately 10 p.m. to close out this year’s Trumbull County Fair.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, see the fair’s website: trumbullcountyfair.com. All event times are subject to change, so ask the entry-gate personnel for any updates to the schedule.