The Huron County Fair, featuring something for everyone, kicks off today.
Bob Morgan, fair board president, is excited for this time of year.
"The fair is something I've always liked," he said.
(NOTE: A guide to this year's fair, including a complete schedule, was included in Friday's issue of the Norwalk Reflector.)
Tonight's fair highlight is Tyler Farr performing at the grandstand at 7:30.
There was talk Farr would use a "walk-out" stage as part of his performance, but that didn't turn out to be the case.
"We did not end up doing that," Morgan said. "I think they called it a 'runway' stage. We will be using the normal stage."
Morgan said the weather forecast is calling for mild temperatures.
"I think, sometimes, the heat keeps people away as much as the rain," he said. "We'll have the fair no matter what."
Leading up to the event, fair board members were taking care of last-minute details.
"Just making sure we have things like supplies for the week," Morgan said.
Tuesday is Kids' Day at the fair, with everyone admitted free before 3 p.m.
Tuesday also features the Kiddie Tractor Pull at noon, Junior Fair King and Queen Contest at 6:30 and new Hot Truck & Tractor Pull at the grandstand at 6 p.m.
Absent this year from Tuesday's agenda is the cheerleading contest.
"There is no cheerleading competition," Morgan said, adding the truck and tractor pull took its place.
Morgan said there was no major discussion about not having the cheer competition.
"At the meeting, someone made a motion and then someone made a second and it passed," he said. "I know the cheer competition brought in a lot of people and contestants from all over the place, but the board wanted to try something different."
Wednesday is Veterans Day at the fair, with veterans admitted free.
That day's highlight is the tractor pull at the grandstand at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday is Senior Citizens' Day. Those 60 and older will be admitted free.
Thursday features the Nursing Home King and Queen Contest at 10:30 a.m., small livestock auction at 6 p.m. and motocross/ATV event at 7.
Friday is highlighted by the Best Dressed Animal Contest at 4:30 p.m., Showman of Showman competition at 5, K-9 sheriff demonstration at 6 and square dancing at 7:30.
The fair wraps up Saturday and features the large livestock auction at 9 a.m. and the demolition derby at 6 p.m. at the grandstand.
Morgan, who has been a fair board member since 1986, said the pigs will be handled the same as last year.
"Last year, we brought the pigs in on Sunday and they stayed until Wednesday and that worked perfectly," he said. "It seems like after four days is when the problems start. Last year, with three days, we had no problems at all."
There is a new feature with the pigs this year, though.
"On Thursday, we will totally clean the pig barn out," Morgan said.
Morgan said that is in preparation for an open-class pig showing Saturday.
"I don't know how many we will have," he said. "Other fairs have been doing it and we thought we would give it a chance."
Morgan said it gives anyone from youngsters up to veterans a chance to show pigs.
"This will be at the Wilson Building," he said. "We'll see how it goes."
Daily admission to the fair is $7.