OTTAWA —We may be barely into summer, but fair season will be in full swing in the region Monday with the start of the 159th Putnam County Fair.
While fair season in Ohio goes well into September, the Putnam County Fair is not the first to be held in the state, despite its late June schedule.
“We’re not the first fair in the state anymore because Paulding County just got done with theirs,” fair board secretary Peg Kruse said. “I think there might be another fair in southern Ohio that overlaps part of ours, too.”
With the fair parade kicking off the week Saturday, county residents have a lot to look forward to this week.
“Our traditional band show will be on Monday, along with the veterans’ memorial service,” Kruse said. “Monday is also our senior citizens’ day, where we’ll have various vendors come in along with a bluegrass band. That’s great for the seniors. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have Mario Manzini, who is an escape artist. He does a lot of Houdini-like escapes.”
Along with traditionally large draws such as the exotic petting zoo, W.A.R. Wrestling and this Saturday’s demolition derby, the fair will feature several new events this year.
“Friday will have a new event, the tug-a-truck,” Kruse said. “We just put in a new cement pad for it, so it’ll be a big event. We’ll also have the T-102 Country Star playoffs Friday, and that’s also new for us this year.”
Music lovers will also have a lot to look forward to this week.
“Thursday night, we’ll have a local band, the Around the Clock Band,” Kruse said. “Saturday night, we’ll have Nashville Crush here for entertainment. They’re a huge draw for us, and a number of them are local, which is really nice.”
With events like power wheel races and plenty of rides and games available, kids will have plenty of fun at the fairgrounds.
“They’ll be busy every minute of every day,” Kruse said.
Kruse gives all the credit for this year’s fair to the fair’s directors, as well as support from the community.
“We’ve got a lot of good directors who really pitch in, and our county commissioners are great,” she said. “So it helps to have a lot of support from the community.”
With all of that hard work and preparation in place, Putnam County will be set to reap the benefits all week long.
“We have a well-rounded fair with something for everybody,” Kruse said.