5 things to know about the Butler County Fair, which starts Saturday

Officials with he Butler County Fair will offer food and games, plus a tractor pull and a demolition derby. The fair, which is held July 25 through July 31 in Hamilton, has been an annual event in the county since 1851, but this year is being limited in its operations due to the coronavirus. STAFF FILE PHOTO

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Officials with he Butler County Fair will offer food and games, plus a tractor pull and a demolition derby. The fair, which is held July 25 through July 31 in Hamilton, has been an annual event in the county since 1851, but this year is being limited in its operations due to the coronavirus. STAFF FILE PHOTO

While this year’s fair won’t have all the bells and whistles of previous years, including any of the rides, there still will be things to do.

Here’s a look at five things to know about this year’s fair, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, July 30, then 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 31, at 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton.

There will be food and games

Need your funnel cake fix or want to win a giant stuffed animal for your kid or significant other? This year’s installment of the fair will offer about half the amount of deep-fried treats and games of skill and chance to keep guests young and old well fed and entertained. Vendors will include Flub’s Ice Cream and Neal’s Famous BBQ.

COVID-19 precautions and regulations will be in effect in accordance with all state and county authorities, according to Doug Turner, president of the Butler County Fair Board.

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Barns are off-limits

Unless you are exhibiting an animal in the show or are a related to someone who is doing so, the barns are restricted to the general public. That includes all the 4-H events, even the ones that take place in the evening after the general public has been allowed to enter the fairgrounds for food and games.

There’s a fee to get in on every day except one

It costs $5 for adults to attend the fair and children 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult will get in free. Next Friday features free admission, except for those wishing to attend the demolition derby.

The tractor pull happens this Monday

The 2020 Butler County Fair tractor pull is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday. Classes will include antique tractor pulling, farm stock tractor pulling and stock and hot semi pulling, Turner said. There will be grudge matches for V-8 Hot Rod tractors and Alter Farm tractors. Hook fees and admission at the grandstand will come with a suggested donation.

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The demolition derby still has some tickets left

The 2020 Demolition Derby, the 31st annual installment of the popular event, is slated for July 31. Grandstand tickets are on sale at www.butlercountyohfair.org/demolition-derby for $10 each for all ages, and only 1,600 tickets can be sold.

Social distancing will be maintained at the derby by using only half the seats in the grandstand. Fans this year also will have the option of standing viewing from around the enclosed pen where cars crash into one another until only one is left as the winner.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Butler County Fair

WHERE: 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, July 30, then 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 31.

PARKING: Parking will be in general parking area, which is accessible from Fair Avenue. Passenger vehicles will not be permitted to use the Stockman’s Gate for entry or parking, as that gate will be used for livestock trailers only.

MORE DETAILS: www.butlercountyohfair.org

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