EATON — The 168th Preble County Fair began its run with record-breaking attendance on Saturday, July 28, according to officials, with a crowds pouring in for the day which began with the annual parade and ended with a well-attended demolition derby.
Perfect weather brought attendees out in droves for the first day of the event, with some on Saturday having to park in an overflow field not used in recent years.
Sunday’s good weather continued, with Colts Stakes Racing providing the grandstands entertainment for the second day filled with Jr. Fair and open class livestock shows.
On the schedule for Monday were the Jr. Fair Dog Show, the Food Show, and others, as well as a new addition, a Skid Steer Rodeo. Tuesday’s entertainment highlight was the scheduled traditional rodeo.
On tap for Wednesday, Aug. 1, (Senior Citizen’s Day) is the NTPA Regional Tractor and Truck Pull, slated for 7 p.m. in the grandstands. Tractor pulling action will continue on Thursday, Aug. 2, with antique trailers at 5:30 p.m. and a traditional truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m. The Grand Showman of Showmen will be chosen during a competition, also beginning at 7 p.m., in the Horse Arena and Expo Building.
Dirt flat drags will be the grandstands action for Friday evening, Aug. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. The Jr. Fair Market Livestock Sale begins at 9 a.m. Friday morning with the Sale of Champions.
And, closing out the week with another bang, the demolition derby is back for a second event on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Reminder: Jr. Fair winners photos will be taken at the following times at The Register-Herald booth under the grandstands: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 3-5 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 2, 3-5 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 3, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Anyone who placed in his or her respective class is eligible to have their photo taken (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, 4th place, 5th place, outstanding of the day, state fair representative, state fair alternate, royalty, etc.)
Winners do not need to bring projects, trophies or ribbons to the booth. Photos will be mug shots only. The photos will be published in The Register-Herald’s upcoming special Fair Winners edition.
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