Fair Season

Greene County Fair Book, 1959 (MS-66)

Since their appearance in the United States in the early 1800s, agricultural fairs have always been a gathering place. Rural farm life was isolating, and farm families found both education and a chance to socialize. As state and county fairs developed, so did their content, eventually including displays of technology, educational programs, and competitive activities of domestic arts and agricultural prowess. Following the harsh realities of the Civil War, fairs after 1870 became more permanent fixtures, adding elements which are now tradition, including food and games along the midway.

It’s well into fair season in southwestern Ohio, which brings to mind all the games, food, and fun that comes with going to a fair of any size. The Ohio State Fair is in full swing this week, and in case you can’t get enough of going to the fair, here’s a list of the county fairs in our Miami Valley region this year:

Logan County: July 11 – 17, 2011
Clark County: July 22 – 29, 2011
Shelby County: July 24 – 30, 2011
Preble County: July 30 – August 5, 2011
Greene County: July 31 – August 6, 2011
Auglaize County: July 31 – August 6, 2011
Champaign County: August 5 – 12, 2011
Mercer County: August 12 – 18, 2011
Miami County: August 12 – 18, 2011
Darke County, August 19 – 27, 2011
Montgomery County: August 31 – September 5, 2011

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