Fair offers plenty of enjoyment

LISBON – There will be plenty of music and sports to see and hear at the 169th annual Columbiana County Fair, which kicks off with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. today.

There will be big entertainment from two smalltown stars Wednesday night as local acts Cody Gibson and Jeremy Miller take the grandstand stage at 7 p.m.

Miller, originally from Lisbon, released his debut album last year and has toured with some of the biggest names in country music, but the show he looks forward to the most is at the fair.

“I told my manager, if there’s a chance for me to get back home to play, I’ll take it,” Miller said.

Gibson, meanwhile, will look to turn up the electricity a notch as he performs with his style of country-rock. The Hanoverton resident is excited to grace the stage that has also been graced by other classic country music performers.

“I grew up watching performances at the grandstand, and I thought it would be cool to perform at the grandstand,” Gibson said.

Also performing free at the grandstand will be Phil Dirt and the Dozers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Aside from the music, fairgoers will also get to see popular sporting events like the truck-and-tractor pull, which opens the fair this evening and will also take place Friday and Saturday.

Harness racing will be held both today and Tuesday, starting at 1 p.m.

Also, high school students throughout Columbiana County will show off their prowess and strength with the High School Strongman Competition on Thursday.

Then on Sunday, the beloved demolition derby closes the fair with hard-hitting competition courtesy of Smash It Demolition Derby, which comes to the fair for the first time.

“If you want to get some frustration out, you just go to the county fair and let it out,” Smash It president Tim Clark said.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday truck and tractor pulls and the demolition derby are $5, and can be purchased either online at www.columbianacountyfair.org or at the fair office. All other events listed above are free.

Along with the grandstand shows, entertainment can also be found at the midway stage throughout the week.

The spirit of Elvis Presley will be alive through Brian Brenner as he performs his Elvis tribute shows at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Also making afternoon performances include the Heart of Country Cloggers at 1 p.m. Friday, Cowboy Up at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Borderline at 4 p.m.

Gracing the midway for 7 p.m. shows during the week include The Gospel Singers on Tuesday, Country Classic Line Dancers on Wednesday, Zarah Strong on Thursday, the Pure Gold Band on Friday and The “Tribute” Band on Saturday.

Finally, Sunday serves as the Lord’s day as gospel acts and speakers take over the midway stage, starting with a 10 a.m. service by the Lisbon Assembly of God. Cusick Family and Friends takes the stage at 2 p.m., followed by the Gospel Fest with Kathleen Horn at 4 p.m., Christine McClean at 5 p.m., Bobby Moser or Ambassadors for Christ at 6 p.m., and contemporary Gospel by Josh and Sarah Davis at 7 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are also available as seven pre-sale tickets go for $30, and can be purchased at the fair office until 3 p.m. today. Rides are not included in pre-sale tickets.

Children under 3 years of age get in for free along with servicemen and women in full uniform. The fair will also offer free admission July 29 for senior citizens, age 62 and over, and veterans with proper identification.

Otherwise, general admission is $5 for today, $6 before 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and $8 after 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. The general admission price covers rides, which will not operate today, and will open Tuesday after a state ride inspection is completed.