XENIA — As the animals make their way to the Greene County Fairgrounds this weekend, the community gets ready for a variety of fun at the Greene County Fair Sunday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 5.
Kicking off the week-long entertainment acts Sunday, July 30 include the free Kiddie Calf Scramble and the Senior Calf Scramble 7 p.m. at the grandstand, as well as musicians The Van Dells beginning 8:30 p.m. at the entertainment center.
The Greene County Fair royalty will be crowned Sunday as well. There are 12 applicants to choose from for this year’s royal family. Six young women vie for the coveted queen of the fair, while four vie to be princess. This year there is one prince candidate and one king candidate. Judges look for candidates with leadership qualities and who can represent 4-H at parades, community promotions and banquets. Additionally, the royal youth will attend the next year’s crowning. The event will begin 5:30 p.m. in the Assembly Building.
Other main events: Monday the demolition derby and performance by local musicians Southbound Band; Tuesday will include bull riding, barrel racing, mutton busting (sheep riding or racing), and calf riding and Nashville recording artist Mike Mueller. Fair attendees will have the opportunity Wednesday watch harness racing as well as the David Mullikin Band. Thursday there will be a second day of harness racing and the Richard Lynch Band will perform.
There will be a “no re-entry” policy during the 2017 fair. Purchasing a weekly ticket or Membership Ticket for $30 will not only save entrance fees into the fair for the week, but it also will allow you to re-enter the fair without getting your hand stamped.
Single-day tickets purchased at the gate will allow you admission to the fair only once that day. If you leave at any time and return to the fair later in the day or evening, you must purchase another single day ticket. No dogs or any other animal except service dogs are allowed on the fairgrounds at any time.
The last day to purchase a Membership Ticket is Saturday, July 29 at the Greene County Fair office. Daily gate admission is $6. Children age 9 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Cost of a weekly ticket is $30. Free parking is available outside the Main Fair Entrance.
All entertainment acts at the Greene County Fair Entertainment Center are free.
There are costs to the grandstand events such as Monday and Tuesday events SMASH IT Demo Derby and Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, $15 infield, $5 grandstand. OSTPA Tractor Pull on Friday and Saturday’s ATV/Truck Drag Races will be $10 infield, $5 grandstand
Rides will not be open Sunday, July 30. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 3 rides will open 4 p.m. Prices for the “unlimited ride” wristbands will be $18. Without a wristband, rides will be priced individually. Family Night is 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, and wristbands will be $12. There will be special giveaways for children. Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5, rides will open at 1 p.m.
The Xenia Daily Gazette and its Greene County Newspaper staff will be photographing 4-H, Cloverbud, FFA and Open Class award winners of all ages during the Greene County Fair. Those award photos will appear in print following the fair. All levels of winners are welcome. There will be two scheduled dates and times for winners to bring their awards and or project to the Assembly Building during the fair to have their photograph taken: 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 3 and 1-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.
Photos will also be available for purchase on the Gazette website following the fair. Visit www.xeniagazette.com, browse the photos and find your friend or family member’s award photo. Click and purchase.
If you cannot come to the Assembly Building during these times, be sure to get a photo and information returned to the Gazette no later than noon Monday, Aug. 7. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at at 1836 W. Park Square.
Get into the spirit of the Greene County Fair and win prizes from your hometown newspapers Xenia Daily Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald and Beavercreek News-Current. Follow us before, during and after the Greene County Fair with the hashtag #gazettefair.
There will be several contests this year for our readers and followers. Prizes will be awarded for each contest thanks to our prize sponsors, Nick’s Restaurant and McDonald’s: Instagram scavenger hunt, best food selfie, best animal photo, cutest kid. See the Greene County Fair Preview tab or our websites for more information.
Sending us your photo via Instagram will authorize us to use it on Facebook, Twitter and in print during and after Fair week. Winners will be announced on social media sites and in print.
Information compiled from the Greene County Fair by Merrilee Embs.