The Coshocton County Beacon September 24, 2020 - Page 6

6 • The Beacon September 24 , 2020

The fair and the shows must go on this year

There ’ s a point in time each year in Coshocton County as the leaves start turning , the hummingbirds head south and the gardens have produced their last tomato that many of us — I dare say most — start thinking about the Coshocton County Fair : the sights , the smells , the chance to meet up with friends old and new .
Just walking around the fairgrounds is its own adventure . This year it is not to be . Making everyone ’ s health and safety the top priority is the prudent decision made by the fair board , but it will leave many with an empty feeling as we head into winter . But not an empty stomach .
Yes , the food will be there . Thank goodness ! Not everything sadly — but many of your favorite
Mark Fortune
Mark ’ s Musings
food vendors will be at the fairgrounds from Friday , Oct . 2 through Tuesday , Oct . 6 , serving up the good stuff . You can find the details in this week ’ s issue of The Beacon . Yes , the fair will look very different this year , as will the fairgrounds themselves . The youth will be judged on their livestock projects , but there will not be showmanship classes or many of the extracurricular activities that accompany the livestock shows .
For most there will not be a fair . For those that do get to participate , let ’ s wish them all the best in what has certainly been a challenging season and be grateful for the fair that is .
Well , this is certainly not “ new ” news , but the Big Ten has relented , and with new medical testing and protocols in place , the season will start on Oct . 24 with the game against TTUN slated for Dec . 12 . It ’ s also a home game . The Buckeyes enter the polls at a solid number 10 .
While you hear quite a bit right now about the unemployment numbers , a drive around our community shows a lot — a lot — of help-wanted signs . So I thought , “ Hmm , what is happening here ?”
I reached out to our local Ohio Means Jobs contact and discovered that according to the numbers posted as of last week , the state of
Ohio has 156,507 jobs open right now . That has probably fluctuated a tad since last week . In fact , a conversation I had with a close family relative in another state tells me jobs are out there — if you want to work , can pass the drug screen and have the skills necessary . In their particular plant , 400 jobs are open . Our local Ohio Means Jobs folks , working closely with community leaders , continue to work hard on behalf of everyone in Coshocton County . They deserve our appreciation and thanks .
Another little tidbit I picked up from our local hardware store that I was unaware of is that Stanley Black & Decker is investing $ 90 million in a plant in Texas — a move that will bring a lot of the Craftsman tool ( they bought the Craftsman brand in 2017 ) line manufacturing back to the U . S . It will employ about 500 people . Be careful , though , what you read on social media .
Many posts on Facebook stated Stanley Black & Decker was leaving China totally . Not true , but the plant in Texas is a fact . Use www . aap . com to verify your facts , especially during this period leading up to the election . You know , the presidential one . Because we all know everything on social media is true , right ?
The last week letters to the editor regarding the Nov . 3 election will be published is Oct . 1 due to early voting .
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