The Darke County Agricultural Society held its election of officers on Thursday during the Great Darke County Fair. Four seats and two constitutional amendments were on the ballot.
Two current board members, Dean Neff and Jerry Marker, chose not to run for re-election. With Doug Martin and Dave Niley retaining their seats, there will be two new board members going into 2020. The two new members of the board are Dudley Lipps and Larry Baker.
Martin earned the most votes with 322, followed by Dudley Lipps with 291 votes, Dave Niley with 267 votes and Larry Baker garnered 264 votes.
Other candidates included Heidi May (257), Tim Reck (161) and Ed Morrison (104).
Ella Whitmer, 5, daughter of Kevin and Julie Whitmer, of Greenville, competed as a female KISS rocker, and earned the title of Little Miss Darke County Queen, with ACDC rocker Henry Sutter, son of Matthew and Sarah Sutter being crowned King.
Queen first runner-up Samie Swank; second runner-up Evie Lynn Miller; third runner-up Lillian Shuff.
King first runner-up Urban Schwieterman, second runner-up Eli Brown, and third runner-up Bing Cunningham.
Named Most Photogenic were Haisley Oda and Ivan Rausch.
GREENVILLE – Mother Nature and the sound system did not cooperate at the annual Sunday Show at the Great Darke County Fair. Prior to the concert, Darke County was put under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch and many people could be seen checking their phones to watch the approaching storm.
Night Ranger, who was filling in for Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, played the previous night in Lucas County, but was expecting to have the night off. They were expected to play for an hour, but cut their set short in order to give Three Dog Night an opportunity to take the stage.
The 80’s rock band played most of their hits, as well as a few from other bands the members had been in. They opened the show with Four in the Morning (Can’t Take Anymore) and went on to perform Sing Me Away, Secret of My Success, and When You Close Your Eyes. Fans were also treated to songs from Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and Damn Yankees. Guitarist Keri Kelli formerly played with Alice Cooper and he was featured on 18. Guitarist Brad Gillis, who has been with every incarnation of Night Ranger, also had a 10-year stint with Ozzy. He was featured on Crazy Train. Vocalist Jack Blades has also performed with Damn Yankees featuring Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw and sang the song he co-wrote with band members, Can You Take Me Higher.
That’s when issues with the sound set in and knocked out music and vocals several times during Don’t Tell Me You Love Me and the band’s biggest hit, Sister Christian. Fans were not deterred and sang along when the sound went down.
Prior to coming out on stage, an announcement was made that Three Dog Night would play until it was determined to be unsafe. With a few drops of rain falling, the group took the stage about 10 minutes early and was able to get to their seventh song before the show was shut down by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office due to lightning and storms being within eight miles of the fairgrounds. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning had been issued.
However, the group was able to share several of their hits, including Black and White, Never Been to Spain, Road to Shambala and Out Here in the Country. In the middle of their seventh song, the music was shut down and an announcement was made that the concert was over and concert-goers should leave the Grandstand and seek cover.
Fans were disappointed, but many of them made the best of it singing Three Dog Night’s biggest hit from the balcony as they were filing down the stairs – Joy to the World.
Darke County Agricultural Society President Dean Neff said he was glad they got as much of the concert in as they could. Neff said, “This is the second time since I’ve been on the board in 18 years because of storms. The last time they postponed for about an hour,” he said.
Approximately 4,000 people were in attendance.
The Great Darke County Fair received the blue ribbon award this year for excellence in the harness racing program. Thank you to those of you that helped us receive this award this year. It is an honor to be recognized as one of the top fairs in the country and to all of you that help us achieve these goals.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Great Darke County Fair Little Miss and Mister Pageant. The pageant will take place at the Youth Building on the Darke County Fairgrounds (located behind the Gazebo) on Monday, Aug. 20. The boys will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the girls at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is Hollywood Stars, which is a themed and judged event. Make your favorite Hollywood Star character come alive. Be creative and think outside the box. Children must be between the ages of 3-5 years by Aug. 20 and a resident of Darke County.
There will also be a most photogenic contest for a boy and girl this year. Please include a 5×7 or smaller photograph with no enhancements with your entry fee and registration form. Please make sure the picture is labeled with name and address.
There is a $15 non-refundable entry fee due at the time of registration. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. No applications will be taken after this date with any exceptions. Please drop off or mail your registration and picture to The Flower Patch, 104 Rhoades Ave., Greenville, Ohio 45331.
Applications can also be printed from www.theflowerpatchgreenville.com and www.darkecountyfair.com.
For more information, contact The Flower Patch at 548-5675.
Camper storage will begin for the season on October 16th. Our rates for the year have not changed from past years and are as follows. New cow pavilion with sprinkler will rent at $1.00 per square foot for the season, the secured storage will rent for .85 per square foot for the entire season and unsecured open sided storage is renting for .65 cents per square foot for the season. Thank You for your business.
Bear Hollow Wood Carvers will be returning to perform at The Great Darke County Fair in 2018. They will provide 4 shows per day for all 9 days (August 17-25). The Show times and the location will be determined in the near future. Again like last year there will be an auction on Friday night so that you can take one of these impressive pieces home with you.
Bear Hollow’s Traveling Shows bring the excitement of the full-throttle art form to events across the Nation. All carvings produced at The Great Darke County Fair will be auctioned/sold.
For more information on Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, please www.bearhollowwoodcarvers.com
Great videos of their work can be viewed at www.bearhollowwoodcarvers.com/videos.html
March 6, 2017 – Greenville OH
In an effort to shorten the online ticket purchase process, effective today you can create an account in the Great Darke County Fair Box Office software without having to purchase a ticket by following this link https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/DARK/index.php?acct_maint=true
From this page, you can do 1 of 2 things. 1) Existing customers can login by entering their user name and password. Once you have logged in, you will see Account Maintenance – Order History in red letters. You will also see options to click on. a) Event Schedule; b) Update Account; c) Change Password; d) Logout. There is also a Forget Your Password? function from this screen. From that same page, new customers can 2) create an account by completing the required fields.
NOTE: The Create Account, Change Password and Update Account functionality works properly but intermittently displays this message: “Error occurred contact box office” and you may be re-directed to Choiceticketing.com. The system still inputs your account/password/update. Please know that although there was an error message displayed, your account was updated/created.
The concert seating chart configuration can be viewed online at https://darkecountyfair.com/grandstand-information/.
If you have any questions, please call the Fair Box Office at 937-548-5044 during normal office hours of Monday-Friday: 8am to 4pm. If you call to inquire about your account, as a security measure, the caller will be required to provide information to the Fair Office to verify their identity.
Tickets for the Sunday, August 20th 8pm Josh Turner concert with Special Guest Jo Dee Messina go on sale Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9 AM via internet (https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/DARK/) and by phone, 937-548-5044 using a debit or credit card. Beginning Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8 AM, tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH.
February 22, 2017 – Greenville OH – Kissel Brothers Shows, Inc. have announced their 2017 online specials for the 161st Great Darke County Fair that runs August 18-26. The 3-tier online purchase pricing and time periods are as follows:
Tier # 1. March 1 to April 30.
3-day pass $30.00
5-day pass $50.00
9-day pass $75.00
20/tickets for $18.00
Single day armbands $14.00
Tier # 2. May 1 to June 30.
3 day $40.00
5 day $65.00
9 day $105.00
20/ tickets for $20.00
Single day armbands $16.00
Tier # 3. July 1 to August 17.
3 day pass $45.00
5 day pass $70.00
9 day pass $110.00
20/tickets for $22.00
Single day armbands $17.00
Beginning March 1, 2017 visit kisselbros.com and click on Darke County to make your online purchases. Submit any questions using the Contact Us link.