It’s that time of year again.
The 164th Preble County Fair kicks off this Saturday and as always promises to have something for everyone.
Running from July 26-Aug. 2, the fair gives 4-H and other Junior Fair participants a chance to compete with projects they have worked hard preparing, and gives families from around the area a traditional week of fun and entertainment.
From livestock shows to demolition derbies, tractor pulls to rides and games on the midway, visitors are sure to find an event to their liking. As the first weekend of fair approaches, all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together on the Preble County Fairgrounds. Rides and food trailers are arriving. Work is being done to get the barns in shape for the shows soon to take place inside.
“It’s all just kind of falling into place,” Fairgrounds Manager James Mays said on Monday, July 21.
“You’ve got to change it a little bit to keep things fresh. I’m not looking to come in here and change the footprint at all. It’s worked for a 164 years,” he said of the fair.”With the help of the board members, with the help of the community, and I’ve said this before, ‘this is the community’s fairgrounds.’ This is not my fairgrounds. It belongs to the people.”
Mays is looking for feedback from the community.
“That’s what is going to help make this better. That’s what is going to help make people come,” he said.
The fairgrounds received several cosmetic and structural improvements last year, everything from a refurbished crow’s nest on the track infield to installation of ground fault interrupters in livestock barns.
A few scheduling changes are on tap this year, most notably the veterans’ program and Veterans’ Day will be moved to the opening Saturday in hopes of drawing bigger crowds.
The program will be held at 11:30 a.m. in front of the grandstand prior to the arrival of the parade.
Line-up for the parade will be at 10 a.m. at Eaton Middle School. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and will arrive in front of the grandstands at noon.
Tuesday will continue to be the “Give Back Night,” a truck and tractor pull where admission is canned goods or a cash donation for the Preble County Food Banks.
Wednesday and Thursday will be truck and tractor pulls and Friday will be a Tug-a-Truck night.
The fair will open and close with the traditional demolition derbies.
Notable dates and times:
Saturday, July 26 - Veterans’ Day
11:30 a.m. – Parade begins at Eaton Middle School
11:30 a.m. – Veterans’ Memorial Program (Grandstand) – New this year
All day – Veterans’ Day (Free admission for Veteran and one guest)
7 p.m. – Pie & Cake Auction – Toney Building
8 p.m. — Demolition Derby - Admission: Grandstands - $6/person Infield - $10/person (may be standing room only in infield)
Noon-11 p.m. — Burton Brother Ride Wrist bands - All Day $18
Sunday, July 27
5 p.m. - Ohio Colts Stake Racing – Free Grandstand Admission
1-11 p.m. - Burton Brother Ride Wristbands – Open 1-11 p.m. - All Day $18
4 p.m. – Baby Contest – Toney Building
Monday, July 28
8 p.m. – Bulls Broncs & Barrels Rodeo (Family Fun for ALL Ages) – Admission – Grandstands $6
Noon-11 p.m. - Burton Brother Ride Wristbands – Kids Day - All Day $12 (kids & adults)
8 p.m. – Preble County Idol Semi Finals ¬¬– Toney Building
Tuesday, July 29
Preble County Give Back Night
7 p.m. - Truck & Tractor Pulls - Admission: Grandstands – Non-perishable food item or $5 Donation to Donation Barrel Infield - $10/person
3-11 p.m. - Burton Brother Ride Wristbands – Open - All Day $15
Wednesday, July 30
Sr. Citizens Day
Ages 65 & Older enter for free
7 p.m. - NTPA Regional Tractor & Truck Pull – Admission: Grandstands $6/person Infield: $15/person (may be standing room only in infield)
3-10 p.m. - Burton Brother Ride Wristbands – Kids Day - All Day $12 (kids & adults)
Thursday, July 31
Truck & Tractor Pulls – 5:30 p.m. Stock Antique Tractors 7 p.m. All other Classes
Admission: Grandstands $6/person Infield: $10/person (may be standing room only for infield)
3-11 p.m. - Burton Brother Ride Wristbands – All Day $18
Friday, Aug. 1
Noon-8 p.m. - Voting for Directors in Race Office
7 p.m. - Tug-A-Truck – Admission: Grandstands $5/person Infield: $10/person (may be standing room only for infield)
2-11 p.m. - Burton Brother Ride Wristbands – All Day $18
Saturday, Aug. 2
8 p.m. - Demolition Derby – Admission: Grandstands $6/person Infield: $10/person (may be standing room only for infield)
1-11 p.m. - Burton Brother Ride Wristbands – All Day $15
4 p.m. – Preble County Idol Finals –Toney Building