New cattle barn, new entry prices at fair

GREENVILLE – Contractors wrapped up work on the new cattle barn Aug. 13. It will be functional but not completed until September. According to Daryl Riffle, Fair Manager, work has been completed pretty much on schedule. On Monday morning crews were still active both inside and outside of the building. The cattle barn will house both dairy and beef cattle.

Jenna Cline, Darke County Junior Fair Queen who was working in the swine barn next door, said she was excited about the new building and couldn’t wait to get in and see it.

Along with the cattle barn in the north end, there is a new first Friday livestock pattern in effect and visitors need to be aware of a new entry/exit traffic-pedestrian flow which has been established at Gate 1. Riffle added visitors will have new people movers (shuttles) and new ticket prices. The 9-day tickets will be $20 and daily entry $6. The tickets are color-coded for the first time: blue for males, pink for females.

“The last ticket increase was in 2002 when 9-day tickets went from $10 to $15,” he said. The $5 increase then went into the capital improvement fund, as will this price increase.

Riffle noted the Third Annual Gene Riegle Memorial Harness Race purse is $30,000 this year. It will be the last race of this year’s fair, 7 p.m. Aug. 22. New vendors? Three new food vendors and 24 new non-food vendors.

Riffle, who is experiencing his 10th year at the fair with nine of them as manager, said “We ask all fairgoers to be safe and patient as they travel to and from the fair, and while they are on the fairgrounds.

“Also, please use the mindset of… if you see something, say something, Please report any suspicious activity.”

Contractors stopped work on the new cattle barn until after the fair is over. The barn will be completed in September.

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