Auglaize County Fair begins Sunday


By Melanie Speicher - mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com



WAPAKONETA — The 163rd Auglaize County Fair will open its gates for fairgoers Sunday, Aug. 2. The fair runs through Saturday, Aug. 8, at the fairgrounds located in Wapakoneta.

The fair will begin Sunday at noon with the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Performances in the Mike Swaney Free Entertainment Tent will be provided by Another Round from noon to 4 p.m. Nashville Crush will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

The 100th anniversary of the Fruit Hall will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The first place and best of show cake auction will be held in the kids tent at the east end of the commercial building.

A Truck vs. Truck event will be held in the free grandstand at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Junior Fair activities for Sunday include the open class beef breeding show at 2 p.m., which will be followed by the live part of the carcass judging, the open steer and feeder show and Cattlemen’s born and raised steer show. The 4-H style review will be held at 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 3, is Men’s Day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Men will have free admission with a donation of a canned good or nonperishable item. The Junior Fair King and Queen Coronation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the grandstand. The cheerleading contest will follow the coronation.

Also on Monday, the Adult Pee Week Pork Producers Showmanship will begin at 5 pm. The Auglaize County Pedal Pull will be held at 7 p.m. at the free entertainment tent, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Legacy Five will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the gospel tent.

In the Junior Fair on Monday, the horse and pony show begins at 9 a.m. The swine showmanship also starts at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, is Kids and Senior Citizens Day. Seniors with a Golden Buckeye Card or other proof of age 60 or older, will receive a $2 discount on their fair admission. Kids are free up to 18 years of age from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday is also Beer Barrel/Happy Daz Day. Coupons are available at the restaurant for $5 admission to the fair.

Also on Tuesday, Stevens Puppets will be performing “Rumpelstiltskin” will be performed at 12:30 p.m. at the kids tent and 3 p.m. under the grandstand. Mike Hemmelgarn, who is a comedian, juggler and ventriloquist, will be performing at 3 p.m. at the kids tent. He will also be strolling the fairgrounds from 12:30 to 3 p.m,

Beer Barrel Boys will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the free entertainment tent. Brian Free and Assurance will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the gospel tent.

Events Tuesday for the Junior Fair participants include the rabbit showmanship and show at 8 a.m.; FCCLA show at 9 a.m.; market boat and boer breeding goat show at 9 a.m.; dairy show and showmanship at noon; and showmanship, sheep breeding and market lamb show at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, is Ladies Day from 8 a.m, to 5 p.m. All ladies are admitted free with a donation of a canned good or nonperishable item.

The T-102 Country Star Playoffs will be held Wednesday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the free entertainment tent. The Dove Brothers Band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at the gospel tent.

Junior Fair activities on Wednesday include market hog show at 9 a.m.; design your own bird poultry showmanship at 10 a.m.; beef breeding and feeder calf show followed by beef showmanship at 2 p.m.; horse contesting show at 6:30 p.m.; and dairy and market steer shows, 7 p.m.

Two-nights of harness racing are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 6, is Veterans Day. All veterans will be admitted free with proof of service. A veterans program will begin at 6 p.m. at the free entertainment tent. The Earthquakers will be performing from 8 to 11 p.m. at the free entertainment tent.

The Goat Pee Wee and Adult Showmanship will be held Thursday at 3 pm. at Show Barn No. 1. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be open from 1 to 6 p.m.

Activities for Junior Fair participants on Thursday include goat showmanship and dairy, pygmy and kinder goat show, 9 a.m.; 4-H Cloverbud presentations at 6 p.m.; and showmanship sweepstakes at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 7, Mike Bishop will be performing at 7 p.m. at the free entertainment tent. Naked Karate Girls will be on stage from 8 to 11 p.m. at the free entertainment tent.

Soul’d Out Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the gospel tent. The Monster Trucks Show will begin at 7 p.m. at the grandstand. A pig and calf scramble will be held at 8 p.m. at the grandstand.

Junior Fair activities on Friday include horse roping show followed by horse fun show at 9 a.m.; junior fair livestock sale for steers, dairy milk, rabbits and goats at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8, is Kids Day with free admission for kids up to 18 years of age from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Stevens Puppets will be performing “Sleeping Beauty” at 12:30 and 3 p.m. under the grandstand. Mike Hemmelgarn will be performing at 2 and 5 p.m. under the grandstand. He will also be strolling the grounds from noon to 4 pm.

Southern Extreme Bull Riding will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the grandstand. WAR Wrestling will be held from 2 to 4 pm. at the entertainment tent. The Moon City Nationals NTPA Grand National Tractor Pull will begin at 6 p.m. at the grandstand. Midnight Special will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. at the entertainment tent.

On Saturday, the Junior Fair livestock sale will begin at 9 a.m. for hogs and sheep. The 4-H dog show will begin at 9 a.m. The best dressed animal and animal calling contest will be held at 7 p.m.

Big Amusements will have the rides at the fair. Individual ride tickets are 20 tickets for $20 or $1.25 per single ticket.

Rides will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Wristband prices are $15 for 1 to 5 p.m. and $16 for 6 to 11 p.m.

For Kids Day on Tuesday and Saturday, kids can ride all day long for $18. Rides will be open from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m.

General admission is $8 per person with children 9 and under admitted free. Season passes are $25 for the week.

For more information about the fair, visit www.auglaizecountyfair.org.

By Melanie Speicher

mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com