The 2013 Showman of Showmen runner up Kurt Hoersten and winner Adam Schumm pose with their trophies. (Submitted photo)
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
Times Bulletin New Writer
VAN WERT - The 2013 Van Wert County Fair concluded Monday night after six full days of events. The grounds will officially close for the fair-year Tuesday afternoon following the annual livestock sale.Sunday night proved to be the busiest night of the fair with the Auto Demolition Derby at the Grandstand. This annual event is known for drawing large crowds but a new addition to this years event left the Grandstand completely packed with two large lines at both entrances to get into the derby event.
Along with the truck, car, and lawnmower derbies, a kid's derby was added to this year's lineup. With such large crowds of parents and grandparents waiting in line to get into the Grandstand, events were delayed over an hour.
Over 30 children entered their Power Wheel vehicles and bashed it out with one another to see who had the toughest vehicle and driving skills. All boys and girls received a trophy for participating in the first year of this event. Derby promoters are hopeful to see this event return and grow at the 2014 county fair.
While the derby brought in large crowds, the concert left the Grandstand and ground seats rather barren. Despite the lacking crowd, the James Otto concert was deemed a successful event for this year's fair. At the same time, the Hawk Nelson band performed at the Gospel Pavilion and had event-goers of all ages on their feet and clapping along to the upbeat Christian music.
The 2013 Cheer Competition crowned many winners on Saturday, including Fort Jennings in the Varsity division and Holgate in the Junior High division.
Livestock showmanship winners gathered at Farm Focus Arena Sunday afternoon for the Showman of Showman event. Showmanship winners of each livestock category had the opportunity and challenge if showing each livestock animal and were scored by judges in each category.
The event was another long one that began at 6 p.m. and didn't conclude until 9:30 p.m. This year's Showman of Showmen award went to the 2012 Fair King Adam Schumm with Kurt Hoersten coming in a close second place.
The main event concluding Monday night was the High School Band Show with all local bands performing at the Grandstand. The final of many musical entertainment events concluded with Broken Lights from 9-11 p.m. at the Gospel Pavilion.