OTTAWA — Dinosaurs will be rampaging around the fairgrounds during the 2018 Putnam County Fair, which opens Monday.
“(Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Show) contacted us,” said Fair Secretary Linda Petersen. “After watching their YouTube videos, we decided it was something new and different we haven’t had at the fair before.”
Three shows are scheduled every day with the movie quality animatronic dinosaurs and will be located on the west side of the fairgrounds near the racetrack, she said.
For fair attendees over the age of 21, an Ohio craft beer tasting is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the entertainment tent.
“The craft beer industry seems to be growing in Ohio so I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’” Petersen said.
Acoustic music will be provided by Luke Rausch on guitar, and Dave Miehls on drums during the beer tasting. Anyone can come and enjoy the music but only adults 21 and older can taste the beer, she said.
Two other new events are scheduled to be held in the entertainment tent during the fair. Ventriloquist David Crone of I’m No Dummy Productions will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the entertainment tent.
“We’ve seen him at our state convention a few times and he’s really good,” Petersen said. “It’s fun entertainment for kids and adults.”
The band Shelby County Line will be performing an all ages show from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
“They’re getting a really big following in the area, so we’re excited to have them come and play for us,” Petersen said. “They play a little bit of everything, including rock and country.”
The traditional Tug-A-Truck competition is returning to the grandstand this year at 7 p.m. Friday. Petersen said the event is a popular one. People just seem to enjoy watching big trucks play tug of war, she said.
Also, returning to the grandstand at 7 p.m. Saturday is the Demolition Derby.
“Last year we broke records with our turnout for the demolition derby,” Petersen said. “I know we had people wrapped around the grandstand waiting to get in. The grandstand was full. People love seeing cars get smashed up. It’s a lot of noise and a lot of fun.”
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