A traveling exhibit honoring local American veterans and a concert featuring New Hollow, a New Albany band named among "Bands to Watch for in 2013" by Billboard Magazine are among the attractions of the 2013 Franklin County Fair.
The 2013 Franklin County Fair opens Saturday, July 13, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard. It runs through Saturday, July 20, offering a variety of popular events such as tractor pulls, truck pulls and the fair-finale demolition derby.
This year's theme is "Farm, Family, Food and Fun" and each of the eight days also has its own theme, said Ashlea DeChant, a board member of the Franklin County Agricultural Society and fair spokeswoman.
DeChant said new attractions will include "Eyes of Freedom," a traveling exhibit memorializing 22 U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy corpsman, all of whom were members of Lima Company and killed in action in Iraq from May to August 2005.
"We are excited to have this moving exhibit that will be on display throughout fair week," DeChant said.
Financial support from the Rotary Club of Hilliard and One Main Financial made the exhibit possible.
Created by Worthington artist Anita Miller, the exhibit features a series of eight portraits. Boots worn by one of the Lima Company members killed in action are displayed with each of the portraits.
Mike Strahle, a retired member of Lima Company, and Col. Tom Moe, retired from the U.S. Air Force, will join Miller Thursday, July 18, for Armed Forces Day at the fair. Together, they will discuss the exhibit and Moe and Strahle will speak about their service.
New Hollow, a trio of boys from New Albany, will perform Tuesday, July 16, at the fair.
"We're excited to bring such a popular group with wide appeal like New Hollow to fairgoers at this year's Franklin County Fair," said Emily Gabriel, president of the Franklin County Agricultural Society.
New Hollow has performed at venues throughout the United States and has achieved a No. 1 record on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart. The group performed the national anthem at last year's Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium.
The fair opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13, with amusement rides beginning at 11 a.m., followed by an official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon.
Entertainment on July 13 includes a "Runway on the Midway" fashion show at the Entertainment Tent.
A Model T car show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Weaver Park inside the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society village.
"We are partnering this year with the historical society and more events, such as an antique tractor show and Model T car show, will be held at the park (adjacent to the fairgrounds)," DeChant said.
A Junior Fair royalty contest will be held at 7 p.m., naming the Junior Fair King and Queen.
Grandstand entertainment July 13 features motocross beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, is "Family Day," featuring discounted all-day amusement ride wristbands and the Northern Ohio Outlaws in a demonstration of mounted shooting at 7:30 p.m. at the grandstand.
Monday, July 15, is "Safety Services Day" featuring a safety services vehicle parade at 10 a.m. and safety services displays and games from 3 to 9 p.m.
Grandstand entertainment July 15 features Patti Lach and Inside Out, a jazz and R&B ensemble.
Tuesday, July 16, is "Senior Day," featuring numerous activities for seniors, including health screenings, an ice cream social and a trivia game featuring Hilliard history.
New Hollow will perform at the grandstand at 8:30 p.m. July 16. Tickets for trackside seats are $10. Grandstand seating is free.
Grandstand entertainment on Wednesday, July 17, features a draft horse pull at 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, will feature a 6 p.m. reception and program honoring America's armed forces at the historical village.
Grandstand entertainment July 18 features a truck pull at 7:30 p.m., entertainment July 19 features a National Truck Pull Association Region II qualifying event at 7:30 p.m.
The Junior Fair livestock auction will take place July 20. Members of 4-H clubs throughout central Ohio showcase animals for auction. Grand champion steers typically are sold for $3,000 to $5,000.
The fair closes with its traditional grandstand event, a demolition derby which has historically been the largest draw at the hair, attracting drivers and spectators from throughout Ohio. It will start at 7:30 p.m. July 20.
Daily entertainment includes No Joe's Clown Circus and the Triple R Farms Petting Zoo.
The Franklin County Fair is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 13; from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 14-18; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 19 and 20. Amusement rides are open from noon to 11 p.m. July 13; from noon to 10 p.m. July 14-18; and from noon to 11 p.m. July 19 and 20.
Single all-day wristbands for rides are $15, $10 on July 14 only. Ride tickets may also be purchased individually.
Daily general admission July 13-18 is $5, and July 19 and 20, admission is $6. A season pass may be purchased for $20 through July 13.
For more details and a full schedule, visit fcfair.org.