Great Darke County Fair gets underway

GREENVILLE – The 159th running of the Great Darke County Fair is now underway. The annual ribbon cutting ceremony held on Aug. 21 signified the opening of the event.

The fair expects to host between 180,000 and 190,000 visitors during the nine days and nine nights of fun and excitement. If the trend continues, the fairgrounds could see as many as 200,000 people come through the gate.

From the annual Sunday concert, featuring Hunter Hayes, to the Jr. Fair livestock shows, there is something for everyone.

For persons who don’t want to spend a lot of money at the fair, the board has put together a great line-up of free entertainment. If music is what you are seeking, the Gazebo is a great place to find talented local and regional artists. Also, there is now free admission to all horse races. Perhaps you want entertainment for your kids. Don’t miss the Wambolds Amazing Animals or Granpa Cratchet’s show. Not only are they fun shows, but educational as well. The Kiddie Tractor Pull, which is always a lot of fun, will allow kids to test their pedal power on Aug. 28, 6 p.m., in the Swine Barn. Registration begins at 5 p.m.

You can also support the youth by attending the Band Spectacular in front of the Grandstand on Monday evening. The Band Spectacular gives high school music lovers their first look at the bands for this school year.

As they have for over 30 years, Kissel Bros. rides will have people screaming with delight.

From the Grandstand to Implement Row and from the South Show Arena to the Cow Palaces, there is always something new to see or do.

A single admission to the fair is $6 and children under 12 are free with an adult admission. Membership tickets are available for $20.

PHOTO CAPTION: Brian Rismiller, president of the Darke County Agricultural Society, cuts the ribbon as members of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce, local officials and invited guests celebrate the opening of the 159th Great Darke County Fair. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

These three young men performed the National Anthem during the fair’s opening ceremony. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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