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Published: Wednesday, 8/10/2005

'Idol' time, fast footwork planned for Attica's fair

Drew Woodruff prepares a ride for the 129th annual Attica Independent Fair that starts today. Drew Woodruff prepares a ride for the 129th annual Attica Independent Fair that starts today.

ATTICA, Ohio - An Attica Idol Contest, a youth battle of the bands, and a night of square dancing and line dancing are new at the Attica Independent Fair, which opens today.

The 129th annual fair, which runs through Sunday, is expected to draw 5,000 to 10,000 people to southeastern Seneca County, Michele Weaver, fair secretary, said.

The Attica Idol Contest - a play on television's American Idol - will award $100 to the favorite of about a dozen contestants who will get up to 3 minutes to sing tomorrow night.

The 10 bands in the fair's Friday night battle will play country, rock, and Christian music. Rules call for all band members to be 21 or younger, Ms. Weaver said.

Saturday night, square dancing and line dancing will be held for the first time in memory at the fair.

The fair closes Sunday night with demolition derbies, including a combine catastrophe competition for 10 agricultural harvesters. It includes a best decorated contest.

Attica offers one of the area's largest cheerleading contests, with about 500 cheerleaders expected to compete in front of the grandstand Saturday morning.

And its pig scramble is big - in more ways than one. More than 100 children ages 6 to 13 are expected to try to catch 40 pigs, each weighing 40 to 50 pounds.

The fair has a scramble for adults too. But the pigs they'll chase weigh in the neighborhood of 100 pounds.

About half of those who catch a pig take it home to raise. The rest sell their pig back to the fair board for $20.

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