Fairfield County Fair
Coming this year.....
The Fairfield County Fair is proud to announce that the Budweiser Clydesdales will be at the 2014 fair from October 6 - 11.
Official Parade Schedule
Monday, Oct. 6th – They will arrive. No Parade & No Public Viewing
Tuesday, Oct. 7th – Prep Day – No Parade & No Public Viewing
Wednesday, Oct. 8th – 5:50 PM
Thursday, Oct. 9th – 12:30 PM
Friday, Oct. 10th – 6:45 PM
Saturday, Oct. 11th – 12:00 PM
AAA Bldg. will be open for public viewing from
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday - Saturday.
THE CLYDESDALE BREED
Farmers living in the 19th century along the banks of the River Clyde in Lanarkshire, Scotland, bred the Great Flemish Horse, the forerunner of the Clydesdale. These first draft horses pulled loads of more than 1 ton at a walking speed of five miles per hour. Soon their reputation spread beyond the Scottish borders.
In the mid-1800s, Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to the United States where the draft horses resumed their existence on farms. Today, the Clydesdales are used primarily for breeding and show.
The Budweiser Clydesdales have been the symbol of Anheuser-Busch for more than 75 years. They were formally introduced on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition for beer. August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III presented a hitch of horses to their father to celebrate the day. To their father’s delight, the hitch thundered down Pestalozzi Street carrying the first case of post- Prohibition beer from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Mo.
To qualify for one of the traveling hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat, four white legs, a white blaze, and a black mane and tail.
Each hitch horse will consume as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and 30 gallons of water per day.
The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo., Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.
Driving the combined 12 tons of wagon and horses requires expert skill and physical strength. The 40 pounds of lines held by the driver plus the tension of the horses pulling creates a weight of over 75 pounds. Hitch drivers endure a lengthy training process before they assume the prestigious role of “Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Driver.”
Each harness and collar weighs approximately 130 pounds. The harness is handcrafted with solid brass, patent leather, and stitched with pure linen thread. The harness is made to fit any Clydesdale; however, collars come in various sizes and must be individually fitted to the Clydesdale like a finely tailored suit.
Duke, Captain, Mark, and Bud are just a few of the names given to the Budweiser Clydesdales. Names are kept short to make it easier for the driver to give commands to the horses during a performance.
Clydesdale horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end-to-end and weigh about 5 pounds which is more than twice as long and five times as heavy as the shoe worn by a light horse. A horse’s hoof is made of a nerveless, horn-like substance similar to the human fingernail so being fitted for shoes affects the animal no more than a manicure affects people.
Dalmatians have traveled with the Clydesdale hitch since the 1950s. The Dalmatian breed long has been associated with horses and valued for their speed, endurance, and dependable nature. Dalmatians were known as coach dogs because they ran between the wheels of coaches or carriages and were companions to the horses. Today, the Dalmatians are perched atop the wagon, proudly seated next to the driver.
(Facts provided by Anheuser-Busch Co.)
The first Fairfield County
Fair was held in Lancaster,
Ohio, the second week
of October, 1851.
The Fairfield County Fair is
known as The Last and Best
of the Season.
The goal of our fair is to
provide a family oriented
event with fun for all ages.
So come check out why so
many consider the Fairfield
County Fair a great county
fair and come back every
The Fairfield County Fair is one of the last county fairs of the year.
Dates for the Fairfield County Fair :
It offers a variety of attractions including truck, tractor, and horse pulls, demolition derbies, concerts, bands, and horse races.There is also a large assortment of exhibits and rides for all ages.
Rules and regulations for all events may be picked up at the administration building on the fair grounds or just click on the Forms Tab. Office hours are 8:30a.m to 12:00p.m. Monday through Friday.
New events for this year:
Mon., Oct. 6- A-Bar Rodeo - Bull Riding at 7:00 pm
Tues., Oct. 7- KOI Drag Racing "FREE SHOW"
Thurs., Oct. 9- Power Wheels Derby at 8:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 11- Fair Fun Run / Walk
If you have any questions or comments contact the Fair Manager, Dave Benson at:
157 East Fair Avenue
Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: (740) 653-3041
Office Fax #(740) 653-6204
Now On Sale.....
Let's support the
Fairfield County Fair!
This year, we are proud to present the "Pantry" basket from American Traditions Basket Company as the 2014 Limited Edition Collectors Basket.
This years lid features the School House.
Baskets can be purchased at the Fair Administrative Office.
2014 Parade of Bands
Order of Performances
1. Walnut Township ......... 9:15 a.m.
2. Amanda- Clearcreek ..... 9:30 a.m.
3. Lancaster ...................... 9:45 a.m.
4. Liberty Union ................ 10:00 a.m.
Intermission ....................... 10:15 a.m.
5. Fairfield Union ............... 10:30 a.m.
6. Fisher Catholic............... 10:45 a.m.
7. Berne Union................... 11:00 a.m.
8. Bloom Carroll ................ 11:15 a.m.