Monday is always moving in and setting up day

Preparations for the 2014 Warren County Fair came to a head on Monday, with trailers of livestock and midway amusement rides arriving nearly constantly.

There are more than just cows, horses and a Ferris wheel, however.

Fair volunteers in the exhibition buildings for 4H clubs and public entries were accepting displays and entries for the best of just about everything. Another first for the fair will be 4H alpacas, according to the fair office.

Even though there were no competitions or shows on Monday, draft horses were being exercised, leisure horses groomed and stables were filling up.

Dave Wilcox, president of the fair board of directors, said that two trailer truck loads of sawdust had already been spread in the barns, and another load was due in by Tuesday.

At the Albright Farm and Garden Center, Judy Benedict of Lottsville was accepting entries for arts and crafts, photography, vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains, baked and canned goods and more.

She said activity was slow, probably because the rain on Sunday prevented folks from picking fresh veggies.

“I’ve been in this building for 35 years,” she said, adding that it was only for one week a year.

She said that on Tuesday, the building will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in order for the judges to pick the best of each category. Many of the judges are from out of the area to insure impartiality.

Chris Truax, an employee of Bates Amusements, was getting ready to set up the Ferris wheel.

“It takes about two and a half hours to set it up,” he said.

Truax said he is on the road from March to October every year, and some of the crew travel with their families.

Last week, Bates Amusement was in Little Valley, N.Y., and next week will be in Huron County, Ohio. He added that the company has two separate units, and the other one is at the McKean County Fair this week.