MIAMI COUNTY — Thursday was a busy day for all involved in the Miami County Fair, with carnies hanging stuffed animals for boyfriends to win for their sweethearts and livestock brought into a barn that will be home for six days.
You could find Larry Hess, committee member for Boy Scout Troop No. 544, driving around the terrain in a golf cart wearing a sun hat and a smile, loading bags of ice into several ice bins to prepare for the big day. Hess and other members of the troop will be driving around in golf carts selling ice to anyone interested at the fair. Money raised will go to members’ camping accounts.
At an hour past noon, workers of the Burton Brothers Amusements were setting up for the “Himalaya” ride that spins forward and backward that many young children enjoy. The ride is one out of 21 rides available at the fair this year and owned by Bradd Burton.
“We are putting our hands to use on (preparing) the rides,” Burton said, and mentioned most owners do not get involved in prepping rides. Burton could be seen unloading the cars and helping to attach them to the ride.
Burton has owned the Himalaya ride for 20 years and rebuilt the ride in his shop, located in Shirley, Ind. The 14-car ride has been out at the Miami County Fair for three years. Burton owns a total of 40 rides.
Andrew and Christy Drieling were busy — with the help of their daughters — cleaning outside tables and stocking items at the Newton Band Booster Cafeteria, located beneath the stadium.
“The big thing with us is we have full meals,” Andrew said. “We do meatloaf, chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Those are probably our big sellers because you can’t get these anywhere else.”
With the building being closed up throughout the year, Andrew said 10 volunteers helped to clean the building last Saturday, and have been preparing for the festive event four weeks ago. Along with cleaning is ordering the food needed and passing the health inspection that is done prior to the fair beginning.
The fair begins today with noon opening ceremonies in the entertainment tent, and runs through Thursday, Aug. 20.
Reach Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340.