TODAY AT THE FAIR
Family day, $3 admission for everyone & $12 all day ride pass
9 a.m. Horse Arena — Junior Fair Versatility Show
10 a.m. Grandstand — Open Class Draft Horse Hitch Show
12 p.m. Horse Arena — Junior Fair Contesting Show
12 p.m. Main Arena — Livestock Sale — Swine
12 p.m. Rides Open
7 p.m. Grandstand (Free Event) Mod Rod
DOVER — Wayne Dyer of Port Washington has a special talent when it comes to creating scale-model replicas of dump trucks, drilling rigs and windmills out of wood.
This skill has won him many blue ribbons at the Tuscarawas County Fair.
One of his finest creations is a replica of the fair’s historic Four Way Barn which he created four years ago. The barn is highly detailed. It even has bars on the doors to the horse stalls, the bars having been made out of clothes hangers.
Visitors to the fair this year will have a chance to view Dyer’s creation. It is on display in the Four Way Barn and will be there through October.
Dyer has been building wooded toys and furniture since he retired in 2012 as a heavy equipment operator.
He enters something in the fine arts competition at the fair every year. One year, he decided he was going to build a replica of the Four Way Barn.
“I just wanted something unique, something different, something other people didn’t have,” he said.
His son, David, took pictures of the interior and the exterior of the barn to guide his father in construction.
It took Wayne about two months to build it.
“It takes a little while to figure out how to do it, how to design it, because there’s no blueprints,” he said. “You have to design it yourself, but it’s nice when you’ve got pictures,”
Dyer approached the job as if he were building a real building.
“You have to build just like you’re building a regular house,” he said. “You have to build the frame of the house first before you put the siding on.”
The barn has lots of parts, all of which had to be sanded and painted. Once he painted the barn, that raised the grain in the wood, so it had to be sanded a second time. Then it had to be painted again.
Not surprisingly, his replica of the Four Way Barn won a blue ribbon at the Tuscarawas County Fair that year.
But once the fair was over, Dyer had to figure out what to do with the large replica, which is about 20 inches wide and 20 inches high. The doors are too small for children to play with, so he decided to donate it to the fair board. It went on display at the fair for the first time this year.
Dyer hasn’t finished working in wood.
He entered two items at the fair this year — a tractor-trailer backhoe and a drilling rig. Both won blue ribbons.
Dyer operates River Valley Custom Woodworking from his home and sells his toys at festivals around the area, including the Atwood Fall Festival. He is also in the process of building a desk for Top Notch Auto in Gnadenhutten. He doesn’t build much furniture, though, because he has to have a specific buyer for what he builds.
There are many people who collect his wooden replicas of fire trucks, army tanks and Apache helicopters.
“I want to build something new all the time,” Dyer said.
Woodworker creates scale model of fair's Four Way Barn – New Philadelphia Times Reporter
TODAY AT THE FAIR