The 2017 Great Darke County Fair Demolition Derby information is available for viewing. The event takes place Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 10th.
Click here for the 2017 class information Demolition Derby
Click here for the 2017 rules www.smashitderby.com
The 2017 Great Darke County Fair Speed Program is now available for viewing. Please click below to see the 38 races that will take place in 5 sessions.
2017 Speed Program Schedule
Awesome news!!!! The readers of Ohio Magazine have voted The Great Darke County Fair the best in the state! Thank you to everyone who voted. We “Greatly” appreciate your support! Also, congratulations to all of the winners, especially the 10 winners from Darke County.
Click here to see all winners, especially the “10” Darke County winners!
Looking for a Christmas Stocking Stuffer? The 9-day, 2017 Fair tickets are on sale now for $20.00 each in the Fair Office under the Grandstand Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm. Call 937-548-5044 for additional information.
November 15, 2016 – Greenville OH
The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society recently received a framed photo collage from John Glessner. John and his wife Rosella lived on Martz Street at the time of the December 27, 2013 fire that destroyed the 60′ by 240′ Beef Palace; the 60′ by 240′ Dairy Palace; the 50’ by 50’ connector and the 12’ by 20’ Cattle Office. The 34 photo collage includes images of the actual fire, the demolition, site preparation and construction of the new 170-foot by 240-foot all steel Beef and Dairy Pavilion. The picture shows Mr. Glessner holding the photo collage along with the 11 Board Members and Fair Manager at a recent meeting.
Greenville OH: After 54 years, a historic Great Darke County Fair vendor has decided to not return to Greenville. In 1963, Melvin Moore from Lancaster OH first brought the Arcade Express to the Great Darke County Fair. Melvin operated the arcade until his son, Jon Moore, took over the business in 1970. John’s daughter Holly and her husband Mike Williams became the owners in 1997 and have continued the tradition by returning to Greenville for the annual event that always begins the 3rd Friday in August. It was a very emotional decision and Holly spoke with her year old 93 grandfather before she and husband Mike confirmed they would not return. Holly’s father, Jon passed away in 2009. Holly stated it was strictly a business decision only. Holly and Mike reassure everyone that they are not going out of business, they are just minimizing their travel distances and overnight setups and teardowns. The entire Moore and Williams families wish to extend a sincere thank you to everyone that has played and enjoyed the arcade these past 54 years.
Here are some Official 160th Great Darke County Fair statistics. This data will be include additional categories once all numbers are confirmed.
Attendance: 186,333 (excludes individuals under the age of 12)
Gate Receipts: $500,977.00
Livestock Sale Revenue: $557,895.00 (excludes market price)
Checks Written: 1,004
Trash Removed (tons): 65.84
Gazebo Entertainers: 26
Junior Fair Market Exhibits: 1,094
Junior Fair Non-Market Exhibits: 903
Junior Fair Group Exhibits: 2,335
Total Junior Fair Exhibits: 4,332
New Trot Track Record: 1.55 2/5th (old record 1:59)
New Pace Track Record: 1.52 (old record 1:52 4/5th)
Grandstand Event Attendance
Band Spectacular: 1,148
Chicago Concert: 5,898 (sellout)
Darke County Tractor Pull: 686
NTPA Pull August 23; 2,993
NTPA Pull August 24: 2,447
Demolition Derby: 4,603 (sellout)
On Friday, August 26, 2016 2 new track records were set at The Great Darke County Fair. The 1 mile trot new track record of 1:55 2/5 was set by ALLGROOVEALLTHETIME. The old trot track record was 1:59. The 1 mile pace new track record of 1:52 was set by ATTA BOY DAN. The old track record was 1:52 4/5.
The ODNR Day at The Great Darke County Fair will be Sunday-August 21 beginning at 12:00 pm and lasting until 6:00 pm.
Groups that will be attending are: ODNR Divisions of: Natural Area and Preserves, Parks and Recreation, Watercraft and Wildlife. The following Conservation Organizations will also be represented: Darke County Fish and Game Association, Pheasants Forever and Safari Club International. Also, the Darke County 4H Shooting Sports Club will be there as well.
There will be presentations given by ODNR, Parks and Recreation, and Wildlife as well as Pheasants forever. Topics will include Ohio’s deer herd and its management, hunting opportunities on state lands along with a discussion regarding how to attract pollinators and the new pollinator habitat creation program. These presentations will last 15 to 20 minutes with a question and answer session following. Presentations will begin on the hour with Ohio’s Deer Herd Management occurring at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Pheasant Forever will discuss Pollinator’s and Their Habitat given at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm and ODNR Parks and Recreation will present their topic at 3:00 pm. If Parks does not offer a presentation, Wildlife will have a brief one discussing upcoming opportunities to hunt on state lands.
In addition, there will be learning opportunities available that include: Safari Club International’s sensory trailer, a trailer full of hands on activities, mounts, furs and skulls; ODNR Watercraft’s personal watercraft trainer, a self-contained training unit that provides a realistic experience how to safely operate personal watercraft; ODNR Parks and Recreation will have Ohio’s furbearers displayed; and the archery trailer along with the BB gun range from ODNR Wildlife which will be staffed by the 4H shooting sports club.
These demonstrations will take place at the same location as the Elephant, Tiger and Alligator Shows in past years.
The Darke County Agricultural Society has an active Drone Policy and it will be enforced during the 160th Fair that takes place August 19-27, 2016. The Darke County Agricultural Society bans the use of all remotely controlled devices such as aircraft, cars, etc.
• No remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices are authorized to operate on, above or below Darke County Agricultural Society property at any time without the express written consent of the Darke County Agricultural Society and also the proper law enforcement authority.
• This procedure includes, but is not limited to unmanned aircraft systems, radio controlled model aircraft, other devices that can be operated in airspace and remote controlled cars/ground vehicles.
• Possession or operation of such remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices without prior written consent will result in the confiscation of all related materials, removal from Darke County Agricultural Society property, and/or a response from law enforcement authority.
• The Darke County Agricultural Society will notify the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and/ or any other law enforcement authority deemed necessary of any incidents involving airborne aircraft or any other unauthorized remote controlled ground based vehicles.
• Events requiring the use of any such prohibited items listed above must receive a prior written notification of approval from the Darke County Agricultural Society or the proper law enforcement authority. Any and all entities requesting to utilize a remotely controlled device must sign the appropriate documentation prior to bringing any such equipment on to, above or below Darke County Agricultural Society property.
• Drones must be less than 55 pounds, must be operated by a pilot who has passed a written test and is at least 16 years old; can only be flown below 400 feet, during the day, and at least 5 miles away from airports.
• Individuals given approval to operate drones by the Darke County Agricultural Society must provide a picture of the drone; current physical address/phone number; a copy of their drivers license.
Adopted May 4, 2016; revised July 6, 2016
Click here for a PDF version of this policy