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160th Great Darke County Fair Information

February 8, 2016 – Greenville OH

With the 160th Great Darke County Fair rapidly approaching, the Board of Directors want to remember the rich and cherished history over the many years of existence and the reason that we call our Fair “Great.”  This year’s Fair is going to see a few changes and we as the directors of the Darke County Agriculture Society want to share them with you. To help celebrate our 160th year, on Thursday, August 25th, the Fair gates will be open “Free Till 3”, and everyone will have free admission for entrance until 3 pm. This will be coupled with half price ride bands from Kissel Brothers Shows “ALL DAY” as well. The Board is also finalizing plans for a youth friendly event that will take place in front of the Grandstand that early afternoon. Also from 11:00am to 3:00pm that day, some Fair Vendors will be offering items for $1.60. A listing of the Vendors volunteering to participate in this program will be coming later in the Spring.  That same Thursday, to continue with the atmosphere of promoting our youth, please make plans to attend the annual 4H Awards Program and Parade of Champions that will begin at 9:30am. The Board encourages you to attend these events and cheer on all the young adults who work hard all year on their projects.  Effective with the 2016 (160th) Fair, daily admission prices will increase from $6.00 to $7.00, but the $20.00, 9-day membership/weekly pass price will remain the same. The additional dollar per day will permit the Board to continue to repair, maintain and grow our already wonderful Fair. Most of the Fair’s buildings were built when our parents and grandparents were coming to the Fair and overall we need to update and maintain what we have so we can carry on this great tradition for generations to come. With the announcement of Chicago as our entertainment, we have heard many people excited to hear them perform. Chicago has been one of the bands that the Fairboard has been trying to get for many years, but the band’s touring schedule never seemed to lineup with the Fair’s annual concert schedule. We are excited to have them perform and visit our 160th Fair. This is where another change is coming. The Box and Reserved Grandstand seating pricing will change to reflect the program changes for events that take place in front of the Grandstand. Box seat tickets will increase from $65.00 to $70.00 per chair; and Reserved seat tickets will increase from $50.00 to $60.00 per chair. The costs associated with providing quality entertainment continue to rise and this price increase is needed for us to keep up with the times, keep us competitive with other Fair and Non-Fair venues in the area, and is similar to cost of living increases periodically made to wages. The Board strives to get programs and acts to entertain across the ages and our past history of entertainment proves that with sellout crowds.  Due to changes in insurance coverage for the Tractor Pull events, we are now able to extend the infield/pit pass entry requirement to match the Grandstand entry requirements for the general public. For the 2016 (160th) Fair, persons under 3 years of age will be admitted free providing they sit on the lap of a paying infield/pit pass ticket holder. The Board is excited that we will be able to offer this option to those with young children who want to view this event a little closer.  The Board appreciates your continued attendance and support of The Great Darke County Fair. We also thank you for your commitment to the future generations of fair goers by the additional money paid through your attendance. If you have concerns or comments, Fairboard meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month under the Grandstand in the office board room at 7:30 pm.

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