Bellville readies for street fair


By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER - lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com



Giant food concession trucks line Bellville’s Main Street. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star


BELLVILLE — If you wanted to get a clean shot at sailing down Bellville’s Main Street, the last couple of days were not the times to do it.

The normally bustling thoroughfare is being filled with concession stands, midway rides, merchant and livestock tents.

And members of the fair board are working to get final bits tied together for the fair, which officially opens Wednesday.

The average guy knows going to a fair means a lot of salivating over traditional fair food. But on Tuesday it was not to be.

Then, all a guy could do was look at the stands.

One, operated by a Philly cheese steak vendor, was working its way to being ready Tuesday. The many others — Auntie Anne’s, French fries, fried vegetables, are in place but still shuttered.

Barbara Fishburn, who operates what kids call the “the 50 cent shack,” was hanging metallic stars in her booth, outside Rainbow’s End antique store.

She will be selling snacks and sodas at 50 cents a pop, an effort she has undertaken since 2001.

Areas that will house culinary and flower displays are ready in the old Jefferson Township fire station. Livestock tents are at the southern end of Main Street and the Central Park area is ready for stands of political parties, plus Lions club and other groups.

Rides include a carousel plus giant, colorful animals. FFA exhibits will be in the Central Park area in front of village hall.

The rides at the fair are operated by Otterbacher Shows in Ohio.

Giant food concession trucks line Bellville’s Main Street. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/09/web1_fairprep.jpgGiant food concession trucks line Bellville’s Main Street. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com