This year is back to business as usual, or as close as possible, for the Ottawa County Fair.
The 89th Ottawa County Fair is scheduled from Aug. 16 through Aug. 23.
“I've had people calling to see what's planned this year,” ,” said Donna Richards, secretary for the Ottawa County Fair board. “I keep telling them that everything will be the same as long as Mother Nature cooperates.”
While the two stone barns nearest E Street remain in operation as well as the show barn, the several barns between were damaged beyond repair and have been torn down.
“We've rented a tent to put between the barns and the smaller animals will be stalled there,” Richards said. “The cattle will be stalled in the stone barns.
“Basically we'll follow the same routine as usual.”
The power has been restored to the fairgrounds and most of the bathrooms are working again.
The City of Miami is still working to put finishing touches on the fairgrounds.
“The City had to work hard to get the pool ready for the youth this summer,” Richards said. “We (the Ottawa County Fair board) appreciate the effort they've put into getting the fairgrounds ready.”
This year there will be four grandstand special events. Each starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5 nightly.
They include an ATV rodeo Aug. 16, a ranch rodeo on Aug. 18, a horse pull on Aug. 21 and a demolition derby on Aug. 23.
The livestock show schedule includes the dog show at 1 p.m. Aug. 16, horse show at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, swine show at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19, goat and sheep shows beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20, beef show at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 and premium sale at 7 p.m. Aug. 22.
Aug. 23 will have the dairy goat show at 2 p.m., dairy cattle show at 4 p.m., bucket calf show at 6 p.m. and super showmanship show at 7 p.m.
All shows are in the show arena except for the horse show which is in the grandstand.
The 2007 flood put a damper on the last fair.
With the fairgrounds flooded, the activities for the 2007 fair were spread all around town.
“We didn't do so well last year with everything all over,” Richards said.
Each species of animal was brought to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College arena the day of the show and went home that night following the judging.
The Ottawa County 4-H, Home and Community Education and the open class exhibits were judged the day they were brought to the Ottawa-Peoria Cultural Center and removed the same day.
The carnival was held on the grounds of Buffalo Run Casino.