CELINA — The 166th Mercer County fair begins Friday and runs through Thursday, Aug. 16.
“We broke several records with the 165th annual Mercer County Fair,” said Mercer County Fair Manager Cara Muhlenkamp.
There are several new events in store for fair-goers this year.
“We will have two concerts. Friday night, the opening night, we will have Neil McCoy, Joe Diffie and Walker Hayes at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $25 to $50. For our second night Saturday, Aug. 11, new this year we are doing a Christian concert, Newsboys will be here. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $25 to $40.”
The fair has added an animal attraction, Wolves of the World, glass blowing and an F45 Fitness Challenge.
“It’s a challenge that you go through 12 different stations and it tests your endurance and physical ability. This is for ages 16 and older,” said Muhlenkamp.
“Probably something that we’re the most excited about is Remembering Our Fallen. It is a Sept. 11 memorial that will be coming to our fair. Basically it’s banners with photo images of fallen soldiers since 9/11, and we have a Gold Star mom that travels with it, that is there to talk with you. Her son, unfortunately has been killed after the 9/11 attacks. She will actually be a speaker at our Veteran’s Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday also. There is no charge to go through the memorial,” said Muhlenkamp.
Other tried and true events will be taking place at the fair.
“There will be 16 to 18 rides for the kids. Kids Day is Wednesday, Aug. 15th and we have increased activities and just lots of fun, free entertainment going on. We do a ride wristband every day and from open to close you can ride for $12,” said Muhlenkamp.
Thursday, Aug. 16, events include the band show. There is no charge to get into the band show courtesy of Niswonger and CAPT. Also, the first 250 visitors to the fair will get in free that day courtesy of Kerns Auto Group for its anniversary celebration.
Not to be forgotten is the Junior Fair livestock exhibitors.
“We’re very proud of our Junior Fair livestock kids and all the hard work that they put into their projects and then they bring them to the fair to compete and show their hard work,” said Muhlenkamp.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.