Nick McWilliams reporting – A showcase of local bands is back for its second year at the county fair, highlighting support for area schools arts programs.

The Band-O-Rama, which had been a mainstay of the fair for many years before a long hiatus, is back on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Tuscarawas County Fair Board Superintendent Doug Wills says that the governing body of the yearly event decided to put money back into the community once again with the featured event after a tough decision to remove it from the lineup years ago.

“So it was a very easy decision to try and bring the Band-O-Rama back. We were thrilled last year to see the number of bands come back and keep our money in house. And pay them to entertain and enjoy the fair.”

Participating bands receive $500 to be put back into their respective programs for the dedication of their time.

In addition to the band show, Tuesday also features Safety Forces Day, where all fire, EMS and police receive $1 admission with their identification, an offer Vice President Steve Cronebaugh says is a small thank you.

“You see a lot of volunteer firefighters that come out and help provide fire protection. You’ve got the officers and everybody that supports the county and protects our county. And it’s just another way to thank them and give them a chance to come enjoy the fair with their family.”

Junior market hogs are at 9 a.m., with junior dressage, English horse and pony show in the horse arena.

Market and Dairy goats are slated for 6 p.m., with open class dairy at 7 p.m.

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