The Greene County Agricultural Society will open the gates to this year’s Greene County Fair on Sunday, August 1 at
8 a.m. For 171 years the Greene County Fair has been a place where generations of youth have created memories for a lifetime and fair board president Keith Sheridan extends an invitation this year to “come and make memories with us as we honor our youth for their tremendous input into the fair.”
In recognition of this ongoing interweaving relationship between youth and the fair, this year’s theme will honor the youth involved in the fair through the FFA, the 4-H and the Junior Fair Board. While the fair supports youth through competition and recognition of individual achievements, this year’s theme gives a nod to the role the fair plays in developing youth leadership skills and developing those individuals to assume future leadership roles to sustain the future of the fair for
years to come.
This year’s season of Greene County Fair memories runs from Sunday, August 1 through Saturday, August 7. Each day has its own blend of competition, entertainment venues, and midway offerings and specials. There is something for every age and interest from grandstand shows, including harness racing and demolition derbies, to the barns and exhibition halls filled with homegrown, handmade and commercial items, to the excitement of the midway, and finally rounding out the day with live
music in the entertainment center.
Sometimes the best fair experiences come along while simply strolling the grounds and discovering those unexpected surprises. In the barns there might be newborn livestock or an unusually feathered chicken. A walk through the midway might be a trip down memory lane stirred by a whiff of cotton candy or the sounds of vendors hawking their wares. Maybe it’s the memory of a favorite amusement ride, like the first time you rode a horse on the Merry-Go-Round by yourself or how all your friends squeezed into a Tilt-a-Wheel car; or maybe it’s the first stuffed toy you won at the beanbag toss. These are the memories of times when life in general seemed to move a little slower but a day at the fair was gone all too quickly.
While the fair officially opens Sunday,
August 1, there will be no amusement rides operating until 4 p.m. on Monday, August 2.
Still, opening day will have plenty of fun and entertainment on hand with the selection and coronation of the Greene County Fair King and Queen, 4-H horse show, judging contests, calf scrambles, and will wind down with the McGuffey Lane concert in the
Each day the fair will offer a different mix of judging, contests, grandstand shows, specials, and live music in the Entertainment Center. Some grandstand shows may have additional admission fees. The Entertainment Center shows are included in the gate admission but lawn chairs are recommended.
Grandstand shows will offer adult and kid events including Kiddie Calf and Calf Scramble, various Tractor, Truck, and Four-wheel Drive Pulls, Demolition Derby, Harness Racing and a Kiddie Tractor Pull.
At the Entertainment Center, in addition to McGuffey Lane, there will be the Greene County Adult Band, a karaoke night, the Carter Twins concert, Spungeworthy, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and a
Of course the fair is more than the competitions, exhibits or even the shows and rides. The fair is also a time for shared memories and connections so don’t forget to bring a friend.
The Greene County Fairgrounds are located in Xenia at Fairground Road. The daily gate admissions are $5 per person except children age 9 and under who are admitted free with a paying adult. The regular price of daily ride wristbands is $15 for unlimited rides, except for discounted group days; and without a wristband rides will be individually priced.
On Monday and Tuesday, August 2 and 3, the fair will open at 8:30 a.m. with rides opening at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 4 will be Senior Citizen and Veterans Day with the fair opening at 9 a.m. and rides opening at
4 p.m. Amusement rides will open at 1 p.m. on Kids Day, Thursday August 5, with discoun-ted ride wristbands at $12 for sale between
1 and 5 p.m. only. Regular prices will resume at
5 p.m. On Friday, August 6, the fair will recognize 4-H and FFA members with special ride wristband discounts at $9 from 1 to 5 p.m. only with presentation of a current 4-H/FFA
A full schedule of fair
details, late changes and a
downloadable fair book can be found online at www.Greene-
Reach DCP freelance writer Deborrah Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org