EATON — Food, fun and competition of all sorts hits the Preble County Fairgrounds when the 166th county fair kicks off Saturday, July 30.
Running through Saturday, Aug. 6, the fair gives 4-H and other Junior Fair participants a chance to compete with projects they have worked hard preparing all year, 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 —including a complete rodeo added to the schedule for Monday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.
Veterans’ Day kicks off the fair once again, on Saturday, with the annual ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. prior to the parade’s arrival in front of the newly refurbished grandstands around noon. The parade will line up at Eagle’s Point (former Eaton Middle School) on Cherry Street, beginning at 10 a.m. and will leave from there at 11:30 a.m.
The annual Pie and Cake Auction will begin at 7 p.m. in the Toney Building.
Saturday evening will close with a demolition derby slated for an 8 p.m. start time. Other events on tap for the first half of the week include: Sunday, July 31 — Ohio Colts Stakes racing, 4 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 1 — Preble County Idol semi-finals, 8 p.m. in the Toney Building; Tuesday, Aug. 2, Dirt Flat Drags, 6 p.m. and the NTPA regional truck and tractor pull will be Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.
Veterans and one guest will be admitted free on Saturday, July 30 for Veterans’ Day; and Wednesday, Aug. 3, is Senior Citizens’ Day, with free admission for those 65 and older.
Junior Fair organizers are expecting approximately 1,500 animals, 50 food projects, 55 clothing projects, and more than 100 miscellaneous projects to be on display throughout the eight-day exhibition. Animal species on exhibit will include poultry, dairy cattle, goats, beef, rabbits, sheep, swine, and horses.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.