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July 17, 2018

7/10/2018 11:30:00 PM
Harness Racing will open 2018 Jackson County Fair
Several races and pari-mutuel betting will be available to race fans on Friday and Saturday night
Harness Racing will be on tap on Friday and Saturday night at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Harness Racing will be on tap on Friday and Saturday night at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Sports Editor

WELLSTON - The Southern Ohio Colt Circuit will be in town for two nights of entertainment on Friday and Saturday night at the Jackson County Fair.

The weekend of Harness Racing entertainment represents the start of the 2018 Jackson County Fair.

Last year, 21 races were held during the two nights, including 11 on Friday night.

However, Chris Walls said they would not know for sure how many races they would have on the schedule on Friday until Wednesday afternoon.

"We will know by Wednesday at noon how many races we have on Friday and for Saturday's event, we will know on Thursday," he said. "I don't know why they don't do them all at the same time and be done with it, but that is the way the state does it."

If for any reason Friday's racing is canceled due to weather, it will be rescheduled on Saturday with two sessions of harness racing being held.

"If it is canceled, it will run earlier in the day," said Walls. "We will leave it up to the drivers. Some of them will have to rotate horses so we might start at nine or 10 a.m. in the morning. But the time will be left up to the drivers."

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

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

The OHHA Interactive Tent will also be available to race fans outside the grandstand. OHHA provides literature, as we as the history and information about racing to the fans.

Two- and three-year-old colt pacers and trotters will be featured on Friday, with racing beginning at 7 p.m. The Southern Ohio Colt Circuit will return on Saturday with races beginning at 5 p.m.

There will be speed events held each night, beginning on Monday, as the OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pull returns for a third straight year to the grandstand.

The Diamond J. Rodeo, featuring bulls and barrels, presented by Adena Health Systems, will entertain rodeo fans on Tuesday evening.

Presented by the Vinton County National Bank, the Fast Traxx Motocross continues its tradition at the Jackson County Fair on Wednesday, while the Monster Truck Racing League, sponsored by G&J Pepsi and General Mills makes its return to the fair on Thursday.

Then on Friday, demo derby fans are expected to pack the grandstands for the Smash-It Demolition Derby, presented by Brown-Foreman & Ricer Equipment.

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