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.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.