Hardin County Fair offers fun for everyone


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



FILE - A cut-out of singer Dolly Parton smiles as Lucy Whitmer, 10, left, Kenzie Kugel, 10, and Logan Smith, 13, select free library books from Hardin County Public Library free book display at the 2017 Hardin County Fair.

FILE - A cut-out of singer Dolly Parton smiles as Lucy Whitmer, 10, left, Kenzie Kugel, 10, and Logan Smith, 13, select free library books from Hardin County Public Library free book display at the 2017 Hardin County Fair.


FILE - Caitlyn Stover, 17, washes her dairy beef steer named, Pablo 2.0, before showing at the 2017 Hardin County Fair. Stover is a member of the Ada FFA.

FILE - Caitlyn Stover, 17, washes her dairy beef steer named, Pablo 2.0, before showing at the 2017 Hardin County Fair. Stover is a member of the Ada FFA.


Playing with Sphero robots on an obstacle course are Mariana Smith, 18, foreground, Jon McClain, 16, and Justin Powell, 16, in an exhibition hall at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. All three are members to the Hardin County Junior Fair Board . Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News


Gordon and Jane Donnelly of Kenton, look over the photography exhibition at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News


Held by his mother, Jessi, Hudson, Davis, 5, is all smiles after winning four canes after playing a ring toss game at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. The Davis family is from Kenton. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News


Held by her mother, Jessi, Annabel Davis, 3, is all smiles while playing a ring toss game at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. The Davis family is from Kenton. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Hardin County Fair

FAIR HOURS: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

GATE ADMISSION: $8 for anyone age 9 and over or $20 for a season ticket or membership ticket.

PARKING: Free parking in east and west parking lots. Main grounds parking: $15

RIDE BRACELET: $12 daily, open to close

Grandstand activities:

Tuesday:

7 p.m. Crowning of Junior Fair King and Queen followed by county High School Band Show

Wednesday:

7 p.m. Kids/Children’s activities

Thursday:

11 a.m. Harness racing

6 p.m. Harness racing

Friday:

7 p.m. Hardin County Truck & Tractor Pull

Saturday:

7 p.m. Dylan Scott with opening act Brown & Gray country concert

Sunday:

10:30 a.m. Hour of inspiration

1 p.m. County Show Choir

6 p.m. Demolition Derby

Monday:

12 p.m. Thoroughbred horse races

Tuesday:

9 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock sale

Music Pavilion Schedule

Wednesday:

7-9 p.m. Ohio Has Talent

Thursday:

5-6 p.m. Sgt. James Roehm & K9 Kane demonstration

7-10 p.m. Rebel Roots Band

Friday:

7-9 p.m. Olga Kipp, Jubilees, Masters Own

Saturday:

9-11 a.m. Children

1-3 p.m. Brandon Joseph

4-5 p.m. Van Wert Comm. Band

5:45-6:30 p.m. Catholic Mass

7-11 p.m. Deuces Wild Band

Sunday:

10 a.m. Church service

3 p.m. Mark’s Ark Exotic animals

6-9 p.m. Trinity & Jim Brady Trio

Monday:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children Choosing Christ

3-4 p.m. Gabrielle Emerick

5-8 p.m. Bydus Band

KENTON — The 154th Hardin County Fair begins Tuesday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 9.

Behind the scenes, work has been done on the children’s side of things.

“Jami Dellifield, from [the] OSU Extension, is implementing some new programs with a children’s cookie judging, a teen chop challenge and a girls’ group progressive fair dinner. She’s getting those youth involved and building a program from the ground up,” said Kolt Buchenroth, marking and communications director for the Hardin County Fair.

The fair is bringing a Dino Roar show to the grounds for the children, as well.

“For the kids we are having Dino Roar, a dinosaur educational program. They are doing four shows each day but they also have a fossil tent set up in their exhibit so kids can go learn about fossils. They have this half robotic suit device that someone is in and they will be walking around our fairgrounds,” said Buchenroth.

The Columbus Zoo will be at the fairgrounds at 2 p.m. Friday.

“It was a huge hit last year, and the kids really enjoyed that. So we’re bringing them back as well,” said Buchenroth.

Durant Amusements is the fair ride company, and they promise to bring at least 12 rides. All day wristbands cost $12, and the rides open at noon daily.

The fair promises excitement for the big kids, as well.

“We have a tug a truck competition, which we had before but had taken a break from; we’re bringing that back. That is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening, and includes free admission to the grandstands,” said Buchenroth. “On Thursday, we are holding two sessions of harness racing, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., which again includes free grandstand admission. We’ll have tractor pulls on Friday.”

The tractor pull admission is $6 for adults, with children five and under admitted free.

Buchenroth is most excited about the country concert, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

”Our big ticket item is our Dylan Scott and Brown and Gray concert. That’s something we’re very excited about. We started the concerts three years ago and have had some success with that and look forward to continuing that success this year with these two groups,” said Buchenroth. “Brown and Gray, will be opening up for Dylan Scott. They are an up and coming duo and sort of scratching the surface on satellite radio — good stuff all the way around.”

Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission with children five and under admitted free or $20 for reserved seats or $25 for track seating. Visit www.hardincountyfair.org to purchase tickets online or visit the fairgrounds.

FILE - A cut-out of singer Dolly Parton smiles as Lucy Whitmer, 10, left, Kenzie Kugel, 10, and Logan Smith, 13, select free library books from Hardin County Public Library free book display at the 2017 Hardin County Fair.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Hardin-County-Fair_001co.jpgFILE - A cut-out of singer Dolly Parton smiles as Lucy Whitmer, 10, left, Kenzie Kugel, 10, and Logan Smith, 13, select free library books from Hardin County Public Library free book display at the 2017 Hardin County Fair.
FILE - Caitlyn Stover, 17, washes her dairy beef steer named, Pablo 2.0, before showing at the 2017 Hardin County Fair. Stover is a member of the Ada FFA.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Hardin-County-Fair_01co.jpgFILE - Caitlyn Stover, 17, washes her dairy beef steer named, Pablo 2.0, before showing at the 2017 Hardin County Fair. Stover is a member of the Ada FFA.
Playing with Sphero robots on an obstacle course are Mariana Smith, 18, foreground, Jon McClain, 16, and Justin Powell, 16, in an exhibition hall at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. All three are members to the Hardin County Junior Fair Board . Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Hardin-County-Fair_02co.jpgPlaying with Sphero robots on an obstacle course are Mariana Smith, 18, foreground, Jon McClain, 16, and Justin Powell, 16, in an exhibition hall at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. All three are members to the Hardin County Junior Fair Board . Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
Gordon and Jane Donnelly of Kenton, look over the photography exhibition at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Hardin-County-Fair_03co.jpgGordon and Jane Donnelly of Kenton, look over the photography exhibition at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
Held by his mother, Jessi, Hudson, Davis, 5, is all smiles after winning four canes after playing a ring toss game at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. The Davis family is from Kenton. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Hardin-County-Fair_04co.jpgHeld by his mother, Jessi, Hudson, Davis, 5, is all smiles after winning four canes after playing a ring toss game at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. The Davis family is from Kenton. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
Held by her mother, Jessi, Annabel Davis, 3, is all smiles while playing a ring toss game at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. The Davis family is from Kenton. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Hardin-County-Fair_05co.jpgHeld by her mother, Jessi, Annabel Davis, 3, is all smiles while playing a ring toss game at the Hardin County Fair on Thursday. The Davis family is from Kenton. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Hardin County Fair

FAIR HOURS: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

GATE ADMISSION: $8 for anyone age 9 and over or $20 for a season ticket or membership ticket.

PARKING: Free parking in east and west parking lots. Main grounds parking: $15

RIDE BRACELET: $12 daily, open to close

Grandstand activities:

Tuesday:

7 p.m. Crowning of Junior Fair King and Queen followed by county High School Band Show

Wednesday:

7 p.m. Kids/Children’s activities

Thursday:

11 a.m. Harness racing

6 p.m. Harness racing

Friday:

7 p.m. Hardin County Truck & Tractor Pull

Saturday:

7 p.m. Dylan Scott with opening act Brown & Gray country concert

Sunday:

10:30 a.m. Hour of inspiration

1 p.m. County Show Choir

6 p.m. Demolition Derby

Monday:

12 p.m. Thoroughbred horse races

Tuesday:

9 a.m. Junior Fair Livestock sale

Music Pavilion Schedule

Wednesday:

7-9 p.m. Ohio Has Talent

Thursday:

5-6 p.m. Sgt. James Roehm & K9 Kane demonstration

7-10 p.m. Rebel Roots Band

Friday:

7-9 p.m. Olga Kipp, Jubilees, Masters Own

Saturday:

9-11 a.m. Children

1-3 p.m. Brandon Joseph

4-5 p.m. Van Wert Comm. Band

5:45-6:30 p.m. Catholic Mass

7-11 p.m. Deuces Wild Band

Sunday:

10 a.m. Church service

3 p.m. Mark’s Ark Exotic animals

6-9 p.m. Trinity & Jim Brady Trio

Monday:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children Choosing Christ

3-4 p.m. Gabrielle Emerick

5-8 p.m. Bydus Band

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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