Christmas Stocking Stuffer Idea


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.

John Glessner Presents Photo Collage

John Glessner Presents Photo Collage

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.


Historic Great Darke County Fair Vendor Exits

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.

160th Fair Information Released

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
Vendors:                                   312
Judges:                                      114
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)

New Track Records Set At Great Darke County Fair

New Track Records Set At Great Darke County Fair

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.

08.26.2016 Track Record Photo

ODNR Day At The Fair Info

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.

Drones And The Fair

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

Harry D. Stephens Trust

August 2, 2016 – Greenville OH

The Harry D. Stephens Trust recently announced a donation to the Darke County Agricultural Society for capital improvements. The Directors of the Great Darke County Fair are extremely grateful for this donation. 2016 Fairgoers will notice the following capital improvements: new and resurfaced pavement; Swine Barn partial foundation, overhead door and East end siding; Rabbit Barn overhead door; Sheep Barn & Goat Barn skylights; new roof on Speed Barn # 4 and the East lower Coliseum ramp has been renovated.
Harry D. Stephens lived a quiet life after his retirement from the banking world in 1973. A passion of his was his apple orchard, located west of Greenville on State Route 502.

Mr. Stephens stipulated in his Last Will and Testament that a portion of his estate be distributed for the public benefit of the Greenville, Ohio area residents. The interest income was designated to be spent only for charitable, educational, scientific, literary and/or religious purposes.

Distributions of interest income from the Trust are made semi-annually each year. Application forms may be obtained from the Darke County Chamber of Commerce on Walnut Street in Greenville. The deadline for the June distribution is April 1 and October 1 for the December distribution.

The present Trust Fund members include Al Greiner, Jennifer Bish, Dr. Michael Fourman, Dianna Wagner and Rebecca Jenkinson. The committee is happy to announce in the 25 years since the start of the distributions, over $1.5 million in interest income has been returned to benefit Greenville area residents. Mr. Stephens’s contribution to the residents of Greenville will enhance the future of our community.

2017 Band Spectacular Participants

The 2017 High School Marching Band Spectacular Participants have been finalized.  The following xx Bands will be participating in the Band Spectacular on Monday, August 21st beginning at 7pm in front of the Grandstand :


Pre-Fair Chair Policy Reminder

Pre-Fair Chair Policy Reminder

A reminder that per the April 6, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes, the Fairboard approved implementing, that for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation, effective with the 2016 Fair, no chairs will be permitted to be placed on the Fairgrounds until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair.  Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed.  The Pre-Fair chair signage is now in place for safety & final Fair preparations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

2016 No Chair Sign 1

2016 No Chair Sign 2

2016 No Chair Sign 32016 No Chair Sign 4