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Contestants for the 4H Master Showman at the Columbia County Fair must be able to show and talk about seven species of animals: poultry, rabbits, beef, dairy, goats, sheep and swine. Swine are particularly hard to control in the show ring. The final contestants on Monday morning, September 5, were (pictured l to r) Laura Hallenbeck, Daisy Trowbridge, Harriet Kress, Shelby Schrader, Haylee Pratt, and Marian Pirrone (not pictured). Laura Hallenbeck was the eventual winner. More photos on the 181st Columbia County Fair are on page 20. Photo by David Lee

Fair Photos by David Lee

The 181st Columbia County Fair, located off Route 66 in Chatham, opened August 31 and ran through September 5, with good weather most days. The annual Demolition Derby(top) is held at the grandstand over the first two nights of the fair. In the second heat Friday evening, September 2, the #28 car was driven by Karlee Moore and the #5% car was driven by Tyler Gregory.
It rained on Monday afternoon and the fair closed early, but the rodeo went on. Jason Wilson (lower l, being carried), who is the second ranked bareback rider in the country, rode for 72 points and won the bareback competition Monday evening.
On the sunnier days, visitors enjoyed the Tornado ride (lower r) and other attractions on the fairway.
Award winning appearance Ghent VFW Post #5933 won the first place award for the Best Appearing Non Firematic Color Guard at the Columbia County Fair’s 71st Volunteer Firefighters Parade held September 3 in and around the fairgrounds. Photo by RE Lindmark
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office won the second place award for the Best Appearing Non Firematic Color Guard at the Columbia County Fair’s 71st Volunteer Firefighters Parade held September 3 in and around the fairgrounds. Photo by RE Lindmark
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