What makes The Great Darke County Fair so great


What makes The Great Darke County Fair so great

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Enjoy the quintessential fair foods from 400 different vendors at the Great Darke County Fair.  

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WHAT: The Great Darke County Fair

WHEN: Aug. 19-27 | Full schedule

WHERE: 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Ohio 45331

COST: $6 per person, kids under 11 are admitted free with paying adult

INFO: Website | 937-548-5044

Each year, families look forward to the third Friday in August because that’s when the nine-day long celebration that is The Great Darke County Fair begins. The fair, now in its 160th year, boasts an impressive lineup of rides, agricultural exhibits, fair food and live entertainment headlined by the Grammy Award-winning band Chicago.

There’s no better way to wind down the summer than with a family outing to the county fair. Here’s why The Great Darke County Fair is not your average fair: 


The Great Darke County Fair is one of the true agricultural fairs across Ohio. 

Thousands of animals will be part of the fair. Additionally, there will be competitions in the agricultural arts, domestic arts, fine arts and the flower department.  The fair stays true to its roots by honoring these long-standing traditions.

@darkecountyfair is 14 days away

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The Great Darke County Fair also holds an expansive Junior Fair in which members of 4-H and FFA get a chance to showcase what they’ve accomplished for the year.  Judging encompasses showmanship, character as well as qualities of the animals being presented. You can expect to see sheep, dairy cattle, horses, ponies and rabbits among other animals.


In addition to the old favorites like the tractor pull, harness racing and demolition derby, this year’s headline show is sure to impress. 

701 @chicagotheband tickets remain for the August 21st concert @darkecountyfair

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Chicago is one of the longest-running rock bands and has had 21 top-10 singles and five No. 1 albums. The band will be inducted in the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show is Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37-$55 and can be purchased at www.darkecountyfair.com.

The full schedule as well as tickets for the special events are on the website.  

Free harness racing Sunday May 22nd @ 1pm @darkecountyfair

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From funnel cakes to corn dogs, there’s nothing like fried food from the county fair. This year, The Great Darke County Fair will have hundreds of vendors serving up the quintessential fair food you’ve grown to love.  Expect to see delicious treats like deep-fried oreos, French fries, apple dumplings and refreshing lemonade shake-ups.


People young and old can feel welcome at The Great Darke County Fair because there’s something for everyone. 

Of course, there will be “kiddie” rides for the little ones and even live entertainment including the Little Miss & Mister pageant.  Kids can also try their luck at any of the various game booths, to win a prize.

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