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Support the county fair

County residents get ready. Fair time is here again.

Starting this weekend, 4-H and FFA

participants will bring their projects to the Lawrence County Fairgrounds located in Rome Township for a week's worth of

competition and entertainment.

And county residents should make it a point to attend this year's fair.

Children involved with the fair work hard throughout year in anticipation of the event. They spend countless hours working on their projects so they can compete,

display, and -- for some -- sell their items at auction.

These projects help children build self-esteem, learn work habits and further their education. We owe it to these kids to attend the fair and show our support.

The fair also brings entertainment to the county. "There's nothing to do here," is probably one of the most overheard -- and overused -- comments made. Well, next week, that critique of the county won't hold water.

There will be concerts, a motorcross, a rodeo and three demolition derbies -- plenty of entertainment every night to keep every member of the family entertained.

And don't forget about the livestock

auction at the end of the week. The auction not only allows the participant to recoup the money they have spent on their project, but it also provides funds for the child to purchase next year's animal and, maybe, put a little aside for college.

So, take some time and make the trip to the Lawrence County Fair next week.