WAPAKONETA — “The Family Fair” begins Sunday, July 29, as the 166th Auglaize County Fair kicks off a weeklong event at the fairgrounds in Wapakoneta. The fair runs through Saturday, Aug. 4.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Sunday at noon at the main gate on Auglaize Street, signifying the start of the fair.
Events planned for Sunday in the senior fair includes the open horse show at 9 a.m.; open horticulture show at 10 a.m.; open can goods and bake goods show, 1 a.m.; district Holstein cattle show, animals in place at noon; open horseshoe pitch tournament, 12:30 p.m.; Children Choosing Christ, dinosaur dig at the gospel tent, 1 to 3 p.m.; Super Heroes touring the fairgrounds from 1 to 4 p.m.; open beef breeding show, 2 p.m., followed by open steer and feeder calf show, Cattlemen’s Born and Raised Steer Show; open class barrow and gilt show, 2 p.m.; cake auction, 5 p.m.; wine tasting, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; truck vs. truck, 6 p.m.; Karma’s Pawn, 7 p.m.; and Legacy Five, 7:30 p.m.
Junior Fair activities for Sunday include 4-H Style review, 1 p.m.;along with the beef shows.
Monday, July 30, is Senior Day at the Auglaize County Fair. The first 200 senior citizens will receive a free dessert bar during the activities from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Junior Fair Building.
Activities include a craft demo from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.; New Knoxville Historical Society displays and demonstrations, noon to dusk; Adult and Pee Wee Pork Producers Showmanship, 5 p.m.; open horseshoe pitch tournament, 6:30 p.m.; Junior Fair king and queen coronation, 6:30p.m.; Cheerleading Contest, 7 p.m.; District 12 Holstein Show, 7 p.m.; Auglaize County Pedal Pull for children, 7 p.m.; and The Erwins at the gospel tent, 7:3 0 p.m.
Other Junior Fair activities for Monday include the 4-H demonstration contest, 9 a.m; horse and pony show, 9 a.m.; swine showmanship, 9 a.m.; and market goat and Boer breeding goat show, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, July 31, is Kid’s Day and harness racing at the fair. Kids activities include arts and crafts, games, bounce house, magician and juggler from noon to 4 p.m.
Craft demonstrations are planned from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Other events include Cridersville Historical Society displays and demonstrations, noon to dusk; dinosaur dig, noon to 3 p.m.; Zumba, 1 p.m.; Croxx Maxx, 2 p.m.; beekeeping presentation, 6 p.m.; harness racing, 6:30 p.m.; Logan Ross Band, 7 p.m.; The Nelons, 7:30 p.m.; and pig/calf scramble, 8 p.m. Junior Fair events include the rabbit showmanship and show, 8 a.m.; dairy show and showmanship, and 10 a.m.; sheep breeding, showmanship and market lamb show, 4 p.m.
Harness racing will be held again on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Other activities for the day include the craft demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.; New Bremen Historical Society displays and demonstrations, noon to dusk; dinosaur dig, 1 to 3 p.m.; 4-H Scholarship wood carving auction, 4 p.m.; horseshoe pitch, 6:30 p.m.; Rowdy Ron T-102 Happy Hour, 5 to 7 p.m.; 23 Southbound concert, 7 to 11 p.m.; floral show, 7 p.m.; baking contest, 7 p.m.; homemade wine and beer judging, 7 p.m.; Collingsworth Family, 7:30 p.m.; and school pride rock auction, 8 p.m. Junior fair activities include the market hog show, 9 a.m., beef breeding and feeder calf show, 2 p.m., horse contesting show, 6:30 p.m.; and dairy and market steer show, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 2, is Veteran’s Day at the fair. The program honoring the veterans begins at 6 p.m. The demolition derby is also slated to being at 7:30 p.m. Craft demonstrations are planned from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Other events include Auglaize County Historical Society displays and demonstrations, noon to dusk; dinosaur dig, noon to 3 p.m.; Auglaize County Born and Raised barrow/gilt show, 9 a.m.; goat pee wee and adult showmanship, 3 p.m.; goat pee wee and adult showmanship, 3 p.m.; American Red cross bloodmobile, 1 to 6 p.m.; Cornhole, 6:30 p.m.; miniature and full size draft horse pulls, 7 to 9 p.m.; Karen Peck and New River, 9 p.m.; Earthquakers, 8 to 11 p.m.
Junior Fair events on Thursday include poultry showmanship, market broiler and market turkey show, 8:30 a.m.; goat showmanship and dairy, pygmy goat show, 9 a.m.; FFA social, 5 p.m.; 4-H Cloverbud presentations, 6 p.m.; and showmanship sweepstakes, 7 p.m.
The livestock sale for hogs and sheep begins Friday, Aug. 3, at 9 a.m. There’s also a horse roping show at 9 a.m. Other events include Craft demonstrations are planned from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Other events include Minster Historical Society displays and demonstrations, noon to dusk; dinosaur dig, noon to 3 p.m.; Party Poison/Little People, 5:30 p.m.; open born and bred market goat show, 5:45 p.m.; jackpot market lamb show, 6:45 p.m.; horseshoe pitch, 6:30 p.m.; Southern Extreme Bull Riding, 7 p.m.; Soul’d Out Quartet, 7:30 p.m.; T-102 Country Star Playoff final, 6 to 9 p.m.; and Another Round, 9 p.m.
The sale of steers, poultry, dairy, milk, rabbits and goats will begin Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. on the second day of the livestock sale. The Schaub 4-H Scholarship presentation will be held at 8:45 a.m. prior to the start of the auction. Other junior fair activities include the best dressed animal and animal calling contest at 7 p.m.
Saturday is also Kids Day. Events planned for the day include the speed show in the horse arena at 11 a.m.; Uniopolis and Buckland Historical Society displays and demonstrations, noon to dusk; Stevens Puppets, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Cornhole tournament, 1 p.m.; skid steer rodeo, 1 p.m.; Karma’s Paul, 3 to 7 p.m.; woodcarver auction, 4 p.m.; The Guardians, 6 p.m.; baggo tournament, 6 p.m. Moon City Nationals NTPA Grand National Tractor pull, 6 p.m.; Monster Truck and Thrill Show, 8 p.m.; and Naked Karate Girls, 8 to 11:3o p.m.
The sports challenge course will be open all week during the fair. There is also a warrior and kids challenge course, open each day of the fair. Hammer Brothers Circus will present paint-ball shooting at real live Zombies each day of the fair.
In addition, there will be a Jungle Island Zoo and Petting Zoo open each day of the fair. Dinosaur Xperience is also part of the fair. Tom ahl is sponsoring a 4-H bale decorating contest. The bales of hay will be on display around the fairgrounds.
There will be a three-ring circus at the fair Tuesday through Saturday. They will perform three shows daily.
Admission to the fair is $8 for anyone older than 12 years old. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Season passes for the week are $30 per person. All-day ride wristbands are $10 for all people. Individual ride tickets are $20 for 20 tickets or $1.25 for individual tickets. Some rides require more than one ticket.