Montgomery County Fair Begins Next Week.
By Robin Lynne Melet
Dayton is rich with tradition, and the time has come to celebrate the 158th year of the Montgomery County Fair. Festivities commence Wednesday, September 1 at the Fairgrounds, located at 1043 S. Main St., and will continue through Monday, September 6.
“Our fair is most unique because of the blend of farm families inviting city guests,” according to Kim Janky, marketing development director. “The multi-farm families take pride in inviting the city people to see what they might not see regarding their love for farm life. It’s all about the pride they want to celebrate with
The fair specifically demonstrates an appreciation for animals, especially cows. Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry will provide a large, life-size Daisy cow to demonstrate the cow milking process. Interactive science experiments will be located in various spots for educational purposes. For kid entertainment, there will be mini game shows in which kids can win kid bucks once they excel to different levels.
“The 4-H Youth Organization will be a viable presence,” Janky added. “This is a group that works with the youth to promote agricultural development of future farmers. It represents children who are currently raising animals to have a farm one day.” What else does the 4-H Club do? “It teaches the farm craft to the youth, shares the farm life with families and teaches good, old-fashioned values of being a good citizen,” commented Janky.
Of course, there will be traditional rides and fair food like the signature sugar powdered-waffles, corn dogs and home-made ice cream.
“Wednesday, opening night at 7 p.m., there will be a fresh-baked cake and pie auction. These homemade treats will be available for purchase and the proceeds will go to a specific fund for fairground equipment. On Wednesday and Thursday there will be the all-time favorite harness racing! The Radio Ramblers will perform on Thursday, local entertainment and mixed martial arts on Friday, and who could miss the Saturday afternoon truck and tractor pull? Saturday at 6 p.m. we will host the Miss Miami Valley Pageant.”
Fair organizers are particularly counting on one popular event to draw a huge crowd on Sunday and Monday.
“Everyone loves the “smash ‘em, crash ‘em demolition derby” Janky said excitedly.
There will also be a wide variety of vendors on hand, many returning from years past, especially African artisans who will bring handmade shea butter.
The Montgomery County Fair is presented by the Montgomery Agricultural Society, a non-profit member group with an elected board of directors that manage the event. Admission is only $5 for adults or you can purchase an all-day, unlimited wristband for only $15. Kids under the age of 12 receive free admission. Carloads of four or more can purchase a pass for $20. Parking is free.
For more information, contact Kim Janky at (937) 271-1732 or visit online at www.MontCoFair.com
for a complete schedule of events.
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