50 tons of donated books are displayed and ready for the doors to open at the Annual Dayton Book Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. CONTRIBUTED

Unearth your next literary obsession at HUGE book fair this weekend

When it was created more than four decades ago, the Dayton Book Fair was actually called the Planned Parenthood Book Fair, with the proceeds of the event going only to that organization. Today, however, the Dayton Book Fair has evolved and expanded to become a much bigger affair, supporting a multitude of charities throughout the Dayton area. 

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Run by the Book Fair Foundation, the 49th annual Dayton Book Fair is still one of the the largest book sales in the state, featuring more than 50 tons of donated books, all sorted and arranged on tables by hand. This year, you can pick up your next literary masterpiece between Friday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Nov. 11 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. 

The proceeds from 2019’s sales will be split evenly among three groups: Community Action Partners, the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, and the Dia de Muertos festival.

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Visitors can also look forward to the book fair’s special literary sections: aviation, model railroading, chess and Will Rogers.

The Dayton Book Fair is taking place from Friday, November 8, through Monday, November 11 at the Miami County Fairgrounds.


Friday, Nov. 8 — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

$10 admission, all day 

Saturday, Nov. 9 — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Free admission 

Sunday, Nov. 10 — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Bag Sale Day – Free admission – $7.50 per bag (sales tax included) 

Monday, Nov. 11 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Clean Sweep Day – Pay $1 admission, take all the books you want.


What: The Dayton Book Fair

When: Friday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Nov. 11. Friday through Sunday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Where: The Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 645 Infirmary Rd., Dayton 

Cost: Wristbands purchased before Friday, Nov. 8 are $11. Entry on Friday is $10, while entry on Monday, Nov. 11 is $1.

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