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Schedule of Events; and Memories

Great Darke County Fair…
Photos by Bob Robinson

The Darke County Fair is a mixture of the new and memories. While my memories don’t go as far back as those of many fairgoers, they are special. From my archives I found some memories.

Check out the photos from a previous fair. Can you remember which fair they were taken at? The kids will be a little older now than they were then… as will all of us.

For schedules of this year’s events – the full nine days or individual days – click here.

2011 Darke County Fair Highlights:

Daily: Amusement Rides (open at Noon) – Vendor and Booth Displays (open at 10 a.m.) - Hot Shot Z Clown (beginning 1 p.m.) – Harness Racing (varied times daily) – joyUNSPEAKABLE - Mime (starting Sunday at noon) - Kachunga and The Alligator Show (3 shows daily beginning Monday) - For various Agriculture, Horseshoe, Fine Arts and Gazebo Events, see daily schedules.

August 19 - Friday - Grand Opening

8:00 A.M. - Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony — Gate #2
11:00 A.M. - Cheerleading Contest — Grandstand
6:30 P.M. - Canine King & Queen Contest, Junior Prince & Junior Princess — Dog House

August 20 - Saturday - Visitors Day

5:00 P.M. - Decorating a Freak Vegetable Contest — Youth Building
6:00 P.M. - Junior Fair Goat King and Queen Contest — Goat Barn
6:00 P.M. - Human Rooster Crowing Contest — TBD
7:00 P.M. - Human Turkey Calling Contest — TBD
7:30 P.M. - Human Chicken Dance Contest — TBD

August 21 – Sunday

3:00 - 7:00 P.M. - Junior Fairboard Elections — Youth Building
8:00 P.M. - An Evening with RODNEY ATKINS — Grandstand

August 22 - Monday – Kids, Ministers, Senior Citizens and Junior Fair Day

10:00 A.M. - Cake Decorating Contest — Youth Building
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. - Junior Fairboard Elections — Youth Building
11:00 A.M. - Oldest Fairgoer Recognized — Second National Bank Rest Tent
5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. – Little Mister and Miss Darke County Fair Pageant – Gazebo (Note Change of Location)
7:00 P.M. - High School Marching Band Spectacular — Grandstand

August 23 - Tuesday - Labor - Industrial Day

10:00 A.M. - Darke County Tractor Pullers Association — Grandstand
7:00 P.M. - National Tractor Pullers Association — Grandstand

August 24 - Wednesday - Armed Forces Veteran’s Day

12:00 Noon - Egg Decorating Contest — Poultry Barn
1:00 P.M. - Chicken Dress Up — Poultry Barn
2:00 P.M. - Rooster Crowing Contest — Poultry Barn
5:30 P.M. - Veteran’s Parade and Memorial Service — Grandstand
8:00 – Non voting tickets must be exchanged for a Voting Ticket no later than 8 p.m. at the Secretary’s Office to be eligible to vote on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Building

August 25 - Thursday - Homecoming Day

9:00 A.M. – Polls open for Board of Directors Election – Sheriff’s Building
9:00 A.M. - Darke County 4-H and Junior Fair Awards Presentation — Grandstand
10:00 A.M. - Annual Parade of Champions — Grandstand
6:30 P.M. - Miniature Horse Pull — South Show Ring
7:00 P.M. – Polls close for Board of Directors Election – Sheriff’s Building
7:30 - 9:30 P.M. - Square Dancing — Swine Barn

August 26 - Friday - Rural Urban Day

5:30 P.M. - Draft Horse & Pony Show — South Show Ring
6:30 P.M. - Kiddie Tractor Pull — Swine Barn
7:00 P.M. - Thrill Shows — Grandstand

August 27 - Saturday - Last Day of Fair

7:00 P.M. - Back to Back Promotions Demolition Derby — Grandstand
8:00 - 11:00 P.M. - Junior Fair Dance — Youth Building

Did the photos jog any memories? It was the 151st Great Darke County Fair in 2007. Featured entertainers were Terri Clark and Jason Gracin.


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