NEW LEXINGTON – The morning of Tuesday, July 19, people filed into the Antiques building at the Perry County Fairgrounds in New Lexington, home of the long-running Perry County Fair. As part of the fair’s annual tradition, the antique show was being held, meaning that judges with expertise in antiques and experience auctioneering would be assessing the numerous pieces entered in a variety of categories by residents of Perry County.

When he discovered that the antique show’s 2022 theme was music, Jacob Copis of Somerset jumped at the opportunity to enter his vintage record player. The player, a Califone 1155k with speakers that secure over the top, effectively making the device portable, was in great condition and had been given to Jacob by his mother, Michele Copis. Michele candidly confessed that she really just wanted to have a record player in the house so that she could play and share a record she owned of the single “Perry County, Ohio.” The song, an upbeat piece by singer and local Ronald Mills who passed away early last year, is a catchy, hidden gem that most residents of the county aren’t familiar with.

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