Kylie Spencer, right, 9, of Waterville shows her turkey to judge Bob Johns during the opening day at the Lucas County Fair on Tuesday. Early fairgoers were met with rain showers and strong winds.
Anthony Nguyen, from Cleveland, rids his Vietnamese Egg Roll food truck of water and raises the window for customers during the opening day at the Lucas County Fair on Tuesday.
Foul weather, including gusty winds and heavy rains, couldn’t stop Toledo’s Morgan Flores, 13, from taking first place in the first-ever 4-H junior market duck contest held Tuesday during the 156th annual Lucas County Fair.
Young Flores, who attends Byrnedale Middle School, beat about 12 other contestants who each presented three ducks that were judged on cleanliness, meat quality, and uniformity of quality.
“I’ve been raising goats for five years, but my mom asked if I wanted to try and raise ducks this year,” young Flores explained after her victory. “They’re pretty messy versus goats.
PHOTO GALLERY: Lucas County Fair begins
“You have to feed ducks three times a day to give them strong breasts; goats you just have walk them. But I like taking care of ducks and loving them. They’re nice and soft.”
■ Gates open at 11 a.m.
■ Rides start at noon.
■ Gates close at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday.
■ On Wednesday and Thursday admission is free for everyone 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
■ After 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, gate tickets are $6 for everyone 6 and older. Children under 5 are free.
■ Fairgrounds are at 1406 Key St., Maumee; (419) 893-2127
The fair was supposed to open at 9 a.m., but started late because of the rain, which didn’t subside until about 12:30 p.m. Only a handful of fair-goers showed up before 1 p.m., and many outdoor food and merchandise vendors could still be seen setting up.
The fair also featured displays including everything from award-winning desserts, a collection of vintage spoons featuring the images of past presidents, various livestock-judging contests, magic shows, musical entertainment, and many arts and crafts.
One addition to this year’s fair was free archery lessons, offered by Toledo-based A.J.’s Archery.
Owner Audrey J. Berning-Matell said she has seen a renewed interest in the sport since the popularity of The Hunger Games movies.
Aubrey Urbina, 15, from Toledo and the Broncos 4-H Club, pets her lamb "Diesel" while holding onto her turkey named "Ombre" after showing in the Junior 4-H turkey show.
Lonnie Jackson, 39, of Toledo thought archery would be easy, but most of her arrows ended up in the stacks of hay surrounding the targets.
“It was fun; it was the first time I tried it,” Mrs. Jackson said. “It’s something you would think would be easy, but it takes more technique than I thought it would.”
Mrs. Jackson said she wasn’t going to dwell on her archery skills for long.
“I came here for two reasons,” she said. “To try archery and for the food — fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, and fried cookie dough.”
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