MIAMI COUNTY — Kicking off today, the 2016 Miami County Fair offers a full week of fun, from familiar favorite events to a few new entertainment options for fair-goers of all ages.
Between the concerts and rides to pig racing and human tractor pulls, there’s something for everyone at the fair.
Returning this year are the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, said fair manager Jill Wright. These speedy piglets will perform three times a day, rounding the track at a whopping 15 mph.
The Swifty Swine were a fair favorite several years ago, and the board is happy to bring them back another year, Wright said.
The popular chainsaw wood carver, located along the midway, will also return. Stop by the new exhibit and check out the art that’s available for purchase.
New this year are three days of harness racing, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Wright said. The post time is 6:30 p.m. each day.
Music lovers can catch a show on any day of the fair, with a full afternoon of gospel music on Sunday, Aug. 14. The Miami County Fair Gospel Fest kicks off at 1:15 p.m. with the Cove Spring Church Praise Group.
“And of course, there’s the concert,” Wright said.
Headlining this year’s fair concert is Chris Janson, with special guest Carter Winter. Janson is a country music singer and songwriter, who’s written hits for big names like Tim McGraw. His debut album “Buy Me a Boat” reached platinum status.
Tickets are available for purchase at (937) 335-7492, online at miamicountyohiofair.com, or in person at the fair office.
Kids will enjoy the balloon creations of Lucky the Happy Hobo Clown, who will perform every afternoon near the stadium.
Miami County Junior Fair competitors are invited to participate in the livestock scramble on Friday at 7 p.m. in the stadium. Kids in different age groups compete to win prizes in categories from pigs to chickens. Admission to the event is $2.
The fair will also feature amusement rides by the Burton Brothers, a family-run company that got their start in 4-H activities in Indiana.
Daily ticket specials include 20 tickets for $18 and 60 tickets for $50. Girl Scouts and 4-H members are eligible for $13 all-day bracelets with a Junior Fair pass.
On Sunday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Piqua Antique Car Club will be showing an antique car display at the south end of the fairgrounds. There will be approximately 35 units.
Stop in any day of the fair and see the largest exhibit of antique farm machinery displayed at a county fair in this part of Ohio. The exhibit, which will feature tractors, gas engines, horse-drawn equipment and small tools, is located at the north end of the fairgrounds.
And don’t forget any of the many livestock shows throughout the week, especially in the younger categories, Wright said.
“I think they’re really entertaining. It’s always fun to watch the little ones,” she added. “They’re the future.”
The fun begins at noon on Friday, Aug. 12, in the entertainment tent with the opening ceremony.
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