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1-cent admission for seniors today

By MADDIE ROCHE • Aug 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Today is Senior’s Day at the Fair, and thanks to sponsorship by The Willows at Willard, this means seniors are admitted for a penny.

Highlights include senior activities beginning at 10 a.m., the Senior King and Queen Contest at 10:30 a.m. Veteran’s Pavilion and the small livestock sale at 6 p.m. in the Pickworth Judging Pavilion.

Motocross and quad races will be held at the Huron County Fair at 7 p.m. today at the grandstand. General admission to this event is free. Box and track/pit seating costs $5.

Quad and bike classes are available for riders of all ages and experience levels. Classes include: dirt bike/motocross; heavy (experienced riders); light (beginning riders); mini-junior (60 and under); mini-senior (65 to 110 years); Dash for Cash; ATV; 4-stroke; woodsman — beginning riders; open; and mini. No utility ATVs are allowed.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with practice beginning at 6. A mandatory riders’ meeting will follow practice.

Today’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with a 90-percent chance of showers, mainly after 3 p.m. The high will be in near 76, with a low around 70.

The wet weather could spell trouble for the Motocross races, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., as well as other fair activities.

Friday’s weather might see some rain as well, with a 50-percent chance. On Saturday, the fair’s final day, there is a 40-percent chance of rain. The high both days will be around 80, while the lows will be in the 60s.

Wednesday was Veterans Day at the fair. Veterans were charged only a penny for admission, and free bean soup and ham sandwiches were served to them in the afternoon.

One veteran, Mike Whittington, of Plymouth, said he comes to the fair every year.

He said he likes the fair and his favorite parts include the animals and “going with the grandkids.”

Tuesday, which was Kids Day, saw 5,238 pay to pass through the gate after 3 p.m. Admission was free for all prior to that. That figure is down from the past two years — 5,824 in 2017 and 5,673 in 2016.

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