WELLSTON – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association will be in town for two nights of entertainment on Thursday and Friday night at the Jackson County Fair.

The reason for racing on Thursday and Friday is because of the Kentucky Headhunters’ concert on Saturday night at the grandstand.

“They changed it two years ago,” Jackson County Fair Board member Chris Walls said.

The weekend of Harness Racing entertainment represents the start of the 2021 Jackson County Fair.

The good news for Harness racing fans is the weather, which is expected to be favorable on Thursday, with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday.

“I heard sunny for Thursday and 84 degrees. However, I heard on TV that there is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms,” said Walls. “We had the people from Washington Township come out today (Monday) and do some ditching with their ditcher head to make sure things were open.

“The track drains well. If you remember, we had a monsoon a few years ago, and 25-minutes after the rain stopped, we were racing.”

There are currently eight races on the schedule presently for Thursday, with the possibility of more to follow.

“The registration for Thursday’s races isn’t over yet - as of Monday night -and we already have eight races scheduled,” said Walls. “Last year, we had to work just to get eight races.”

If for any reason Thursday’s racing is canceled due to weather, there will be two sessions of harness racing Friday with the time to be determined, according to Walls.

As always, there will also be pari-mutuel wagering available for the race fans. Walls said there would be tellers who will take bets outside the grandstand.

Door prizes will also be given away each night.

The cost to enter the fairgrounds will be $5 per person, and programs are $3.

Two and three-year-old colt pacers and trotters will be featured on Thursday, with action beginning at 7 p.m. Friday’s races are also set for 7 p.m.

There will be additional speed events held throughout the week, beginning on Tuesday, July 20, with the always fan favorite Diamond J. Rodeo, presented by the Vinton County National Bank and G&J Pepsi at 6 p.m. The event will begin with the Mutton Bustin’ Sheep Rodeo for kids, presented by JVC Metals at the grandstand.

On Thursday, the OMTPA Truck and Tractor Pull return to the grandstand at 7 p.m.

The Fast Traxx Motocross presented by Bellisio Foods, continue their tradition at the Jackson County Fair on Friday at 7 p.m., and the always-popular Brent Jenkins Demolition Derby will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. The show is being presented by Jackson County Smash It and will be the closing act at the 2021 JCF.