Hogs Moved To Richland Fair Grounds After Flooding Concerns

  • 9/9/2018 1:06:10 PM
  • Emily Ramey
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH- Constant weekend rain has caused a major disruption for Wayne County Fair Exhibitors. 

On Saturday the decision was made to move all of the fair's hogs to the Richland County Fairgrounds due to potential flooding concerns. The hog barns are located lower than the other animal barns at the Wayne Fairgrounds and were the most at risk.

Richland Agricultural Society President, Jason Snyder, says they received a call early Saturday morning from Wayne County, looking for a place to house 375 pigs.

"There are not too many places that can accommodate that kind of influx of animals," Snyder said. "So we offered up our fairgrounds to be able to do that for them." 

The hogs will be exhibited on Monday and Tuesday at the Richland Fairgrounds meaning families will have to make the drive back and forth to care for their animals and present them for judging for several days. 

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Junior Fair Swine Exhibitor Katie Stull remains optimistic, "It's about a 45-minute drive but it is a pretty easy drive since it's just out (U.S. Route) 30. It's going to be a difficult week but it's going to be memorable because of it, and everything's gonna work out in the end."

Snyder says that to his knowledge, a situation like this has never happened before at any of the nearby county fairs. Even though the situation is inconvenient, he says everyone involved has been incredibly accommodating and grateful.

"The exhibitors and parents have been great here--they've been very gracious and glad to have the spot," Snyder explained. "I wanna thank our Livestock Committee, our Junior Fair Board, our Senior Fair Board, and the parents and volunteers who came out here to help set up these barns because they were torn down after our fair a month ago. So they came in and within 2 hours had these barns set up and ready for these pigs to come in."

"Thank you to the Richland County," Stull expressed her gratitude. "They've been phenomenal this whole time and we couldn't thank them enough. Without them, this wouldn't be possible. "

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