Ever wonder if a police officer or a firefighter is better at milking a cow?
You can learn the answer at the 2018 Franklin County Fair.
The 101st county fair opens Saturday, July 14, at the fairgrounds at 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard, and even after more than a century of operation, it still offers new activities and attractions each year.
Among them is the First Responders Fair Challenge in which Hilliard Division of Police officers and Norwich Township Fire Department firefighters will compete by milking cows, husking corn and performing other traditional farm and fair chores, said Stephanie Rauschenbach, owner of Simply Put PR, a firm promoting the fair.
Some of the other new events this year include a family movie night at the grandstand, an expanded "Kid Zone" and a taste-testing event featuring craft breweries and local restaurants, Rauschenbach said.
"We've worked hard to plan an event that will appeal to a wide range of fair-goers, from thrill-seekers to food-seekers and those in and out of the agricultural community, we have something that will make you smile," said Dave Fleshman, president of the Franklin County Agricultural Society.
Traditional activities and attractions remain, too, including a daily schedule for 4-H activities and exhibits, a midway and the demolition derby July 21, the last night of the fair.
The eight-day fair will run from July 14 to 21. Gates are open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. both Saturdays and Friday, July 20, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 15, through Thursday, July 19.
Daily admission is $7 and children 2 and under are admitted free. Parking is free, and access is available via Columbia Street and Northwest Parkway.
Tickets are required for rides and games and for select events at the grandstand. Individual ride tickets are $1 and books of 12 can be purchased for $10. Daily unlimited-ride wristbands are $15. Children's rides require three tickets and adult rides require four tickets.
Bates Brothers Amusement Co. will continue as the fair's provider for rides.
"We want our fair-goers to know (we are providing) a safe and fun experience," Fleshman said. "We contract with a ride operator that has a record of safety and integrity (and) allows full access to the Ohio Department of Agriculture so ... inspectors can do a thorough inspection of all rides on our grounds."
For a full schedule of daily activities and promotions, go to www.fcfair.org.