166th fair under way


EATON — The 166th Preble County Fair kicked off on Saturday, July 30, with hot, sunny weather for the busy weekend.

Fair Manager James Mays said he felt the weather had been cooperative for the first dayes of fair, despite the heat.

“I thought attendance was great the first day,” he said on Sunday, July 31. The fairgrounds’ spruced-up look and new restroom facilities brought many compliments.

“I’ve had numerous comments on how good it looks,” Mays added.

“Lots of people are coming out supporting the fairgrounds.”

Along with the traditional parade, animal and other contests which go on during the Jr. Fair each year, were open class events and entertainment including the first demolition derby of the week on Saturday evening, and Ohio Colt Stakes harness racing on Sunday evening.

New to the fair, a rodeo was planned for Monday, Aug. 1, and dirt flat drags, too late for press time.

Up next on the schedule, Wednesday, Aug. 3, is Senior Day at the fair, with free admission to everyon 65-older, and a senior dance at Rotary Junction from 4-7 p.m. The NTPA Regional Tractor and Truck Pull is scheduled in front of the grandstands beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, fairgoers can enjoy stock antique tractor pulls at 5:30 p.m., and the second night of truck and tractor pulls begins at 7 p.m. The Grand Showman of Showmen contest kicks off at 7 p.m.

Friday morning will begin with the annual Jr. Fair Market Livestock Sale and Sale of Champions, at 9 a.m., and the day will close with the Tug-a-Truck competition.

Saturday, Aug. 6, the last day for the 2016 Preble County Fair, will conclude with a second demolition derby at 8 p.m. Preble County Idol finals will be held at 4 p.m.


By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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