A look back at the Montgomery County Fair before its final run downtown

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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The Montgomery County Fair will open next week for the last time at its Dayton location, the annual site for more than 160 years.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The Montgomery County Fair will open next week for the last time at its Dayton location.

The 165th Montgomery County Fair kicks off Monday, July 10, and continues through Saturday July 15, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, located at 1043 S. Main St. in Dayton, across from Miami Valley Hospital. The fairgrounds moves to Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Township for 2018.

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Here are three things to know about the history of the fair:

1. The first fair in Dayton was held in 1839 at Swaynies’s wagon yard on East First and Race Street. It moved to its Main Street location in 1856.

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2. In 1860 a single ticket cost 25 cents, a horse and rider could enter for 35 cents, and for a dollar a family could spend three days.

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3. More than 850 chickens and pigeons were entered for show during the 1962 fair.

Carnival rides were thrilling at the Montgomery County Fair in 1970. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
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Carnival rides were thrilling at the Montgomery County Fair in 1970. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE

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