WELLSTON - Before the 2017 edition of the Jackson County Fair kicks off, race fans will have the opportunity to enjoy two nights of pari-mutuel harness racing on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15.
Pacers and trotters will compete over the half mile oval, located in the grandstand area at the fairgrounds.
Harness racing has been a main staple for many years, which commemorates the opening of the fair.
However, due to a lack of interest for about a decade, only one night of racing was offered.
"Last year was the first time in a long time that we've had two days of harness racing," said Speed Superintendent Chris Walls. "The reason we decided to make it a two day even was because two-years ago, we had 17 races on one night. That is way too many for one night so last year, we went to two nights and we still had 21 races during the two nights."
Returning again this year will be the Ohio Ladies Pace, which is an all ladies race on Friday night.
Walls said they won't know how many races will be on the schedule for Friday until Wednesday and on Thursday for Saturday's schedule.
If weather should become an issue on Friday or Saturday, fans can call the Jackson County Fair Board office at 740-384-6587 or check the Jackson County Fair Facebook page.
"Last year, we waited until the big storm went through on Friday," said Walls. "We waited about an hour because our track drains really well. Some of the horseman actually went out onto the track and we let them make the call and the track proved to be in excellent condition for racing.
Pari-mutuel betting will also be provided to the fans.
The cost for admission is $5 per person. Southern Valley Colt Circuit passes will be honored.
Post time for the first race on Friday evening will begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's racing will start at 5 p.m.