It’s Fair Five Week on The Morning Thing – Check out the 5 favorite rides at the Knox County Fair!

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The Morning Thing is celebrating the Knox County Fair this week by sharing a Fair Fave 5 every day!
On Monday (7/25), we shared our 5 favorite rides.
1. Zero Gravity
2. Sizzler
3. Funnel Force
4. Fun Slide
5. Rock Wall
Check out our fun chats about rides. Click HERE to hear our staff and other Fair attendees share about their favorite rides.

We want to share YOUR favorite things about the Knox County Fair.
Email us at or call 740-392-9090 and let us know about YOUR favorites.
Tuesday – we’ll share our 5 favorite 4H members
Wednesday – we’ll share our 5 favorite events/shows
Thursday – we’ll share our 5 favorite animals
Friday – we’ll share our 5 favorite memories from the 2016 Knox County Fair.

If you come to the Fair, stop by and see the Big Blue Crew. WNZR is located near the Fair Board office, next to the rides and games.

The Knox County Fair starts tomorrow! The Morning Thing 7/22/16

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Today, The Morning Thing shared a 2016 Knox County Fair Preview.
The 168th Knox County Fair starts this weekend in Mount Vernon.

Admission and rides are free tomorrow night (7/23) starting at 6 pm. Harness Racing will take place at the grandstand and TaVaci students will be performing on the Midway Stage.

Sunday will begin with a morning worship service at 8am and the Opening Ceremony at 11am where the Junior Fair King and Queen will be announced. The 24th Annual Little Miss Knox County will begin at 2pm on the Midway Stage. The NTPA Regional National Truck & Tractor Pull starts at 7pm.

General admission to the fair is $7 for ages 9 and up.  Kids 8 and under get in free and seniors get in for $3 before 5pm with their Golden Buckeye Card.

The complete schedule is available online at
WNZR will be live at the fair on Saturday from 6pm – 9pm and from 2pm – 10pm on Sunday.

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The Knox County Lamb and Pork Cook-off will both be held Sunday at the Fairgrounds.

The lamb cook-off is right after the sheep lead-in at 1pm just outside the swine arena.  The pork cook-off starts at 3pm in the same place.

For the pork cook-off, entries must prepare the pork at home and bring it to the fairgrounds with a way to heat it. Entries may use any cut of pork, but the recipe must accompany the dish.

Entrants will be placed in two categories, Youth, ages nine to 17, and Adult, ages 18 and over. First prize is $25 and second is $15.

Entry forms are due today to the Knox County OSU Extension Office or by emailing

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WNZR is giving away AMAZING prizes during this year’s Fair.

Click HERE to see our prizes for Kids (10 and under), Students (11 – 17) and Adults (18+).
Our Adult Prizes are the biggest prizes that we give away all year! Click HERE to see more about what you would receive if you won a fully processed hog with WNZR at the Knox County Fair.

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WNZR is also honored to bring you coverage of the 2016 Sale of Champions. Click HERE for more details about this year’s broadcast.

Are you participating at any show at the Knox County Fair? Are your kids or grand kids involved? Please stop by Big Blue and talk to us! We want to tell your story. The WNZR tent is located near the Fair Board office, right next to the rides and games. WNZR will be at the Fair all week bringing you show results and highlights of all the activities, plus we’ll feature some amazing kids and tell the stories of our Knox County 4-H participants.

Good luck to our amazing Knox County youth that are participating in the 2016 Knox County Fair.

Over 1,150 Knox County youth will be participating in shows and exhibits at the Knox County Fair.

In 2016, there will be 1,634 projects at the Fair, 600 kids will be showing 1,315 animal projects. The WNZR staff supports their hard work and will be cheering them on. Listen to WNZR all during Fair week for show results and highlights of everything on the schedule. Our Fair coverage starts at 2pm each day!

For our Morning Thing Fave today, we came up with the 5 things that we are most excited about at the Knox County Fair.
1. Food – we loved pulled pork nachos, porkettes, deep fried buckeyes, Velvet Ice Cream (Marcy loves Moose Tracks), french fries…oh yeah! We are hungry!
2. Rides – Zero Gravity, Swings, the Big Slide, the spinning dragons…there is so much to do at the Fair!
3. Animals – You can see rabbits, goats, turkeys, cows, chickens, pigs, llamas, horses and some amazing kids showing these animals. We encourage you to see a show where the kids are working with their animals in the show arena.
4. Games – There is a huge variety of games that you can play at the Fair. Parents – you might want to set a budget with your kids before you get to “Game Row”.:-)
5. Family Fun – Every day at the Knox County Fair brings a new adventure for families. We love seeing families laughing and having fun together on the fairgrounds. Take a day or two, come out and enjoy all of the activity. Spending time together as a family is the BEST activity!

We hope to see you and your family at the Knox County Fair!
It’s On The Road with Big Blue – Prizes and Family FUN, all year long!

Cell phones, germs and Kool-Aid – The Morning Thing 7/21/16


Did you know that your cell phone is covered in germs? Today, we shared how to clean your cell phone.
Numerous studies have been conducted in recent years, and the results are all pretty much the same. Essentially, your phone is a breeding ground for germs and it’s dirtier than a toilet seat. A few of the standout germs that could be lurking on your phone include E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus.

Click HERE to see HGTV’s list of ways to remove bacteria from your cell phone.

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We also shared 11 mind-blowing ways that you can use Kool-Aid. It is NOT just for drinking.

You can use it to clean the toilet and your dishwasher. It will take rust off of your driveway or sidewalk. You can even make flavored lip gloss!
Click HERE to see 11 mind-blowing ways to use Kool-Aid!

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Games are GREAT – The Morning Thing 7/20/16


Today, The Morning Thing talked about the benefits of playing games.

Does your family have a game night? You might think about scheduling one, once you see the many benefits of “playing together”. shares 6 benefits of playing games:

  1.  Quality family time.
  2. Media-free entertainment.
  3. Frugal entertainment. (It is NOT expensive to play games).
  4. Learning new skills.
  5. Learning sportsmanship.
  6. Learning about others.

Click HERE to read the entire article about how fun and entertaining game night can be for your family. also shares the benefits of playing games.

What your child most wants — and needs — is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. He wants you to take pleasure in him, play with him, and listen to him. Nothing bolsters his self-esteem more! So why not pull out an old board game tonight? Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. As an added bonus, board games are also rich in learning opportunities. They satisfy your child’s competitive urges and the desire to master new skills and concepts, such as:

  • number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting
  • letter recognition and reading
  • visual perception and color recognition
  • eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity

Click HERE for great game ideas!

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Non-verbal communication – do you know what your body language is saying? The Morning Thing 7/19/16


The Morning Thing talked about the power of non-verbal communication.

They shared 8 Body Language Traps You Need to Avoid in Your Career.

TRAP #1: Using too many head tilts.

TRAP #2: Physically condensing.

TRAP #3: Using girlish gestures.

TRAP #4: Smiling excessively.

TRAP #5: Nodding too much.

TRAP #6: Flirtatious behavior.

TRAP #7: Being emotionally over-expressive.

TRAP #8: Having a delicate handshake.

Click HERE to read more about these 8 Body Language Traps You Need to Avoid from Carol Kinsey Goman, author of The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help–or Hurt–How You Lead.

The Morning Thing also shared 5 Power Poses that you should start using at work. The way you stand in the workplace can make a huge impact on those around you. A shoulder shrug can literally make you go from leader to passive follower. According to The Wall Street Journal, new research shows that using powerful body language can actually change a person’s hormones and behavior, just as if she had real power. You don’t have to be a superhero to command attention: you just have to stand like one.

Research found that power poses can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and lead to an increase in testosterone. Even if you move out of that position, the hormone changes will linger. Click HERE to read more about the 5 Power Poses that you should try.

And now…for some pictures! Check out the meanings behind this non-verbal communication. What messages are you sending??
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How to get out (and stay out) of the Doghouse! The Morning Thing 7/18/16


Today is Get Out of the Doghouse Day. 

Are you in trouble with somebody you care about? Get Out Of The Doghouse Day is like a ‘get out of jail free card’ from the game Monopoly – use it to apologize, mend hurts and get back to normal.

We found 5 keys to getting out of the doghouse from

  1. Listen, listen, listen.
  2. Let the restitution fit the crime.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff (being right is very small stuff).
  4. Never minimize your culpability. 
  5. Be randomly wonderful. 

Click HERE to read the entire article.

We also shared 10 reasons that your marriage isn’t thriving. These insights are perfect for Get Out Of The Doghouse Day. As we take a look at our marriage relationship, we can identify what areas are sending us to the doghouse.

Click HERE to see the top 10 list from

The bible gives us a clear picture of how to love. Please take a moment to read these powerful verses.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Prayer and Pet Fire Safety – The Morning Thing 7/15/16

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Do you ever struggle to pray? Do you feel like you need to pray, but you aren’t sure that you have time, or you really don’t know how to start?

We all know that prayer is powerful. The bible gives us many examples of prayers, so why do we struggle?
How can we cultivate a passion to pray inside us and within the ministries we lead?

Lee Nienhuis knows without a doubt that God led her into the Moms in Prayer ministry, where she serves as an area coordinator. Through a series of divine encounters, she experienced the way God pours out His mighty power when moms join together in prayer. God is on the move in Moms in Prayer, and she is filled with joy to join the work!

Click HERE to see 3 ways to cultivate a passion for prayer.
Lee shares her suggestions with us:
1) Express the desire
2) Create prayer grooves
3) Let “I don’t know” prompt prayer


Today (7/15/16) is National Pet Fire Safety Day! Do you have a plan for your pets in case of a fire? Click HERE to see some tips from the American Kennel Club. They share how to prevent your pets from starting fires, plus how to keep your pets safe in case a fire breaks out.
One thing you can do is to Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling. Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.  Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

In partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. Click HERE for more information about window clings.