Barlow to host Spring Fair this weekend

BARLOW – Spring isn’t usually the time of year that one associates with fairs, but the community of Barlow is hoping to change that perception.

The very first Spring Fair is planned for this weekend at the Barlow Fairgrounds, at the intersection of Ohio 550 and 339.

“The Spring Fair is to celebrate the community and the kids,” said fair board member and event coordinator Denise Tessum.

“Also, we need to generate additional revenue – we are doing one fair a year and we are just breaking even.”

The board agreed to the event in January and members of the fair community and the Barlow community as a whole have come together the make the idea a reality, according to Tessum.

The Spring Fair will kick off the season leading up to the Barlow Fair in September and Christmas in the Village around the holidays.

The event is open to everyone and will include a little something for all to enjoy.

Anyone who enjoys quilting or just appreciates the artistry that goes into quilting will have a lot to take in at the Spring Fair.

“This is a first for me but I thought it (the Spring Fair) sounded like a good idea and will hopefully bring in money to help with other events,” said Jan Seaman, a Barlow resident who is organizing a quilt show to run throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday. “I think we will have about three vendors but we don’t know yet how many quilts will be displayed.”

Seaman said there will be quite a few antique quilts on display and some tools, fabric and accessories for sale. Susan D. Pierce “Miss Susie Quilts” of Louisville, Ohio, will give a presentation and trunk show at 1 p.m., where she will talk about quilts based on family history, Civil War events and historic sites.

“She has done this for a couple of quilt groups and everybody really likes her presentation and miniature quilts,” said Seaman.

Of course if quilting is not your thing but railroads are, there will be a presentation for those folks as well.

Eldon Young, a member of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Division of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Society, will give a presentation on the old Marietta and Cincinnati Railway, which at one time ran through Vincent.

“You can still see parts of the old trestles,” said Tessum.

The historic train presentation will be in the 4-H building at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Traditional fair food and some specialty foods will be available as well as: 50 vendors; farm and farm animal displays; entertainment from community members, Bad Credit, playing blues, classic rock and a little country music, and Warren High School; activities for children; a tractor show, tractor pull and tractor rodeo; and Baby Beautiful Contest.

The Soil and Water Conservation District will be bringing in a 1,000-gallon fishing tank and will teach safe archery. There will also be a kite workshop by New Era Kite Club and hay rides.