The Hurricane ride spins during the Butler County Fair in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Your guide to weeks of fair fun all summer long

It’s officially fair season!

Get your bellies ready for funnel cake, elephant ears, deep-fried cheesecake, concerts, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and lots of adorable farm friends.

Here’s our guide to fair season throughout the region:


July 6-13, 2019

8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Clinton County Fairgrounds, 958 W. Main St., Wilmington 

Enjoy eight days of action featuring a variety of food, games, rides, 4H projects, Junior Fair/Youth event, harness racing, an antique tractor pull, a demolition derby and live entertainment.

Cost: Daily gate entry $10; season pass $30; 5 and under free. Ride armbands cost TBD. No refunds; no rain dates; no exchanges on all tickets and passes.

More info: 937-382-4443 |

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July 7-13, 2019

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. daily at Logan County Fairgrounds, 301 E. Lake Ave., Bellefontaine 

Carnival rides and games, monster trucks, harness racing, calf scramble, tractor pull and more.

Cost: General admission is $5 for ages 6 and up, Monday through Thursday, and $7 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children ages 5 and under are free. Season passes are $25 and on sale at the fair manager’s office. Parking on the grounds is $2.

Recognition Days: Recognition days: Sunday — Veteran’s Day, all veterans showing proof of service admitted free; Wednesday — Senior’s Day, seniors will be given $3 special pricing. Admission price includes complimentary breakfast and lunch and other special activities; Thursday — Kids Day, children will enjoy special ride pricing until 5 p.m.

More info: 937-559-4178 |

Amusement rides at the last Montgomery County Fair downtown last summer. TY GREENLEES / STAFF


July 8-14, 2019

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 645 Infirmary Road, Jefferson Twp.

Featuring all the fair favorites: Demolition Derby, 4H projects, junior fair, livestock, petting zoo, dog show, circus, flower show, games, rides, fair eats and treats, harness racing, rodeo, and free entertainment with paid admission, plus much more. Rides open at 1 p.m. daily.

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Cost: Daily admission $10/person, age 6 and under free with paying adult. Includes parking, if available, and grandstand event for that evening only. Veteran’s Day and Senior Citizen’s Day — 1/2 price admission all day.

More info: 937-224-1619 |


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Vehicles drive around in a figure eight on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, during the demolition derby at the Warren County Fair in Lebanon. See more county fair photos online. Staff photo by Apryl Pilolli
Photo: Apryl Pilolli


July 15-20, 2019

8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon.

Food, games, 4H livestock shows/horse shows, live music and entertainment, Valley Exotics Zoo & Pony Rides and more.

Cost: Daily admission $5 Monday, $8 Tuesday through Saturday, kids 8 and under are free. Season tickets are $25 each. Parking is free. Ride tickets: Single $1.50, 10 tickets for $15, 16 tickets for $20; Arm Bands - Monday $15, Tuesday $12,Wednesday-Saturday $18.

More info: 513-932-2636 | Facebook |

Emily Taylor guides her Grand Champion Overall Market Turkey into the auction ring Friday during the Auction of Champions at the Clark County Fair. Bill Lackey/Staff
Photo: Staff Writer


July 19-26, 2019

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield

Fair includes livestock exhibits, entertainment, musical entertainment, midway, food vendors, exhibitors selling their wares and more. Hasting & Co. is set to perform on July 24.

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Cost: Daily admission $6, including parking. Children 5 and younger are free. Additional charges will apply for rides and grandstand entertainment.

More info: 937-323-3090 | Facebook

Fans watch the Rolling Stone Rodeo at the Butler County Fair, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF


July 21-27,2019

Gates open at 7 a.m. daily at Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton

Food, games, 4H projects, tractor pulls, demolition derby and rodeo, arts, horse shows, rides, farm zone, etc.

Cost: General admission per day is $8, Children 6-12 accompanied by paying adult (gate only) $3, Membership ticket (7-day admission and parking $35, 7-day pass — 7-day admission and parking $30, 4-day pass — 4-day admission and parking $20. Grandstand events also carry an additional charge (varies by day)

More info: 513-892-1423 |


July 21-27, 2019

Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; fair closes at 10 p.m. Saturday at Shelby County Fairgrounds, 655 S. Highland Ave., Sidney 

Domestic and livestock shows, 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, a demolition derby, tractor pull, local band performances, cheerleading competitions, harness racing, crafts, food and more.

Cost: General admission $9, season passes $25, parking on fairgrounds (limited to livestock exhibitors and merchant exhibitors only) $30. Additional cost for ride bands.

More info: 937-492-7385 |


July 27-Aug. 3, 2019

Gates open at 7 a.m. daily at Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton 

Food, games, rides, visual arts, livestock projects, Jr. Fair, parade, mule and donkey show, live entertainment, cook-offs, and more.

Cost: General admission to grounds $6, children 3 and under are free. Membership ticket $25; weekly pass $25; veterans and one guest admitted free on the first Saturday of the fair. Free parking.

More info: 937-456-3748 |


July 28-Aug. 3, 2019

Gates open at 8 a.m. daily at Auglaize County Fairgrounds, 1001 Fairview Ave., Wapakoneta

Food, games, rides, demolition derby, warrior obstacle course, horse and livestock shows, gospel tent and more.

Cost: General admission $8 per day; 12 and under admitted free; Season passes — all week $30; Pit passes $15 per person (all ages).

More info: 419-738-2515 |

Devon Morris was determined to get his Black Angus bull Pete into the stanchion at the Greene County Fair which runs through August 3 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees


July 28-Aug. 3, 2019

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia.

Food, games, rides, calf scramble, demo derby, harness racing, truck and tractor pulls, live entertainment and more. Note: Rides will not be open on Sunday. Monday to Thursday rides will open at 4 p.m. Please check the website to confirm details.

Cost: Daily admission $6 for ages 10 and older; 9 and under get in free with a paying adult. On Military Discount Day, show your military ID and get in for $3; Senior Citizen Discount Day ( seniors get in for $3). Rides extra.

More info: 937-372-8621 |

A ring-toss game on the midway at the Champaign County Fair. BILL LACKEY/STAFF


Aug. 1-10, 2019

Gates open at 8 p.m. Friday at Champaign County Fairgrounds, 384 Park Ave., Urbana

Concert featuring hit country duo LoCash on Aug. 2; live entertainment, 4H, truck pull, demolition derby, colt racing, rides, food vendors and more.

Cost: Prices vary; daily admission fees still to be announced

More info: 937-653-2640 |

Aug. 18, 1998: The Miami County Fair in 'full swing'. Here kids ride the swings near the grandstand with the food and games section of the midway behind them.


Aug. 9-15, 2019

Gates open at 7 a.m. daily at Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

Food, games, rides, livestock exhibits, live entertainment and more.

Cost: Cost: Day passes $5, children 8 and under are free. Season pass $25, includes 7 daily admission tickets; exhibitor pass $20 for 7 daily passes; Golden Anniversary pass — Free (Available at fair office for any couple who has been married for 50-plus years. Husband and wife must both be present to receive pass. Jr. Fair Booster $45 for 7 daily passes. Includes name in following year’s fairbook and also on a sign at the fair.

More info: 937-335-7492 |

There are several varieties of funnel cakes at the Great Darke County Fair, including this Boston Cream version. JIM INGRAM/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer


Aug. 16-24, 2019

Gates open 7 a.m. to midnight daily. Vendors open at 10 a.m.; vendors close 9 to 11 p.m. Rides open at noon; rides close at 11 p.m. at Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville.

Music, harness racing, tractor pull. Concert entertainment features Three Dog Night with special guest Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Cost: Cost: Daily: $7 per person for ages 12 and older. Ages 11 and under admitted free with paying adult. 9-day pass: $20 per person (ages 12 and older). Ages 11 and under admitted free with paying adult. Grandstand/track $10 per person (general admission), Grandstand Sections C and D $12 per person (reserved). Infield Pit Pass $17 per person (general admission).

More info: 937-548-5044 |