PREBLE COUNTY — New Preble County Fairgrounds Manager James Mays called the opening weekend of the 164th “Famous” Preble County Fair a success and said he is looking forward to the remainder of the week.
“I think it’s gone well,” he said. “Our numbers are up as far as people coming into the fair. They’re up a little bit, not much, but a little bit. Overall, I’ve had a lot of compliments on the grounds, the way it looks and the way they can see things going.”
Mays said the threat of inclement weather over the weekend didn’t appear to keep fair-goers away.
“It really didn’t affect people. It was kind of shocking,” he said. “I drove through the fairgrounds and this place was packed out with cars. I thought it was pretty awesome. I was very pleased with the support.”
The first weekend was filled with a variety of events for every one of all ages and should offer more of the same for the remaining days.
The first weekend featured livestock shows for 4-H members as well as open class shows, the annual veterans program, harness racing and the ever-popular demolition derby on the opening night.
“We always hope for great weather. If the weather stays nice I think we’ll draw more people in,” Mays said. “I would love to see what I’ve seen this weekend with the parking lot just packed with cars and people in the midway walking around.”
Mays is a firm believer the fair belongs to the people of Preble County.
“I’m trying to take it all in from the community. This is their fairgrounds. Anything that we can do as a community to make this place better is going to work for everybody,” he said. “Come out to the fair and have a good time.”
Remaining events for the week include:
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