Hartford fairgoers can park in a new paved lot this year before being entertained by canoe jousting, log rolling and chainsaw carving at the Hank Peters Lumberjack Show in the Natural Resources Park.

Hartford fairgoers can park in a new paved lot this year before being entertained by canoe jousting, log rolling and chainsaw carving at the Hank Peters Lumberjack Show in the Natural Resources Park.

The lumberjack show is a new addition to the fair that opens daily at 8 a.m. beginning Sunday, Aug. 9 and continuing through Aug. 15 in Croton.

Fair secretary Larry Hughes said 4-H chapters competed in log rolling last year, but this is the first professional lumberjack group the fair has hosted in the 60 years he has attended.

The five-person team will give three shows at noon, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Demonstrations will be offered both on the ground and in the pond and include an ax throwing contest, crosscut saw vs. chainsaw competition, horizontal log chopping, chainsaw carving and log rolling.

Fairgoers will also notice an expanded outside horse arena with four new lights and towers. The $14,000 improvement provides 16 more feet to the arena, according to Hughes.

The fair has also added six new gravel driveways in the south parking lot and widened two other gravel drives.

Motorists should come in the A gate for the new preferred paved parking lot behind the hog barn. The cost is $20 for the week.

Hughes said the Ohio Department of Transportation has informed him a four-mile detour is expected to be in effect beginning Aug. 4 as part of the state Route 161 widening and relocation project in Licking County. Traffic will be re-routed from the current traffic pattern on the existing state Route 37/161 to the newly constructed eastbound lanes. The detour for state Route 37 west will be the newly constructed eastbound passing lane to state Route 310 north.

Fairgoers who camp at Hartford's fairgrounds will be able to enjoy air conditioning in their recreational vehicles since 100 camp sites have upgraded electric service.

"We spent $35,000 on electric upgrades, improving from 15 to 30 amps," Hughes said. "That was a major thing. That has been a dream of the fair board the last five years."

The remaining 280 camping spots will be upgraded with the same improvement during the next two years, he said.

A new wash rack, costing $5,000, has also been added for the sheep and goat barn.

Hughes said fairgoers can also enjoy the 50 flats of flowers that were planted on the grounds by volunteers from the Kountry Kids 4-H Club of Delaware County.

"They did it all in one day and weeded," Hughes said. "State Farm Insurance Group from Newark also volunteered here for two days, sweeping barns, dorms and washing walls. They did a great job."

Individual volunteers who helped prepare the fairgrounds include Dave Grube, who donates carpenter work, and Ed Boring, who prepares the campground.

"He does whatever we need done, and he's more active than most fair board members," Hughes said.

Gate admission to the fair costs $5 for guests 8 years old and over; $3 for senior citizens on Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and $25 for a weekly pass.

Rides cost $6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and $8 from 6 to 11 p.m.

For a complete fair schedule, visit www.hartfordfair.com.