The 147th Hardin County Fair will kick off the day after Labor Day, and last through September 11. Six days filled with fun and entertainment, food and games, rides and displays. There is sure to be something for everyone.

There are free shows daily, including Nick's Kids Show, the Elephant Encounter, and the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers. Nick's Kids Show is new to the Hardin County Fair, and boasts to be a high-energy performance full of lights and sounds. It is also interactive, as kids are encouraged to sing and dance along. Acts include Bebop the Musical Bear and Sandy the Surf Kid.

The Elephant Encounter has made an appearance at the fair before, but is always well-received. This family show gives performances daily, as well as rides.

The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers are also making a first-time appearance at the fair, and the carvings will be for sale. The Wood Carvers will showcase their talents on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the fair.

All three shows will be located north of the machinery building (on the north side of the fairgrounds).

Tuesday, September 6 is the opening day of the fair, and features the opening ceremonies, the crowning of the Junior Fair king and queen, and the high school band show. The opening will be held at the gazebo (in front of the grandstand) at 1 p.m. The crowning and band show begin at 7 p.m. in the grandstand (separate admission charged). Also on Tuesday at 1 p.m .is the kiddie pedal tractor pull, held at the entertainment shelter house.

The Swing Choir Show caps off the activities on Wednesday, September 7, at 7 p.m. in the grandstand (separate admission charged).

Harness racing begins at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, and starts again at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 9 is Senior Citizens Day, and this year, senior citizens will receive a meal ticket for use at any of the commodities' food tents, the Hardin Northern Music Boosters restaurant, or the Grange restaurant. Then they may sit in the grandstand to watch the antique tractor parade while eating their lunch.

Also on Friday, a mobile Blood Mobile will be on the grounds; the truck and tractor pull begins in the grandstand at 6 p.m. and antique appraisals will be available in the Community Building at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the 4-H dog show takes place, as well as the junior fair livestock sale. The A-Bar Rodeo will perform in the grandstand beginning at 8 p.m. (separate admission charged), and also at 8 p.m., the Showman of Showmans Contest takes place in the arena.

Sunday concludes the fair’s activities with an Hour of Inspiration at 11 a.m. in the grandstand, with Dale Minyo of the Ohio Ag Net radio show. The Girl Scout Award program is at 1 p.m. and the 3D Demo Derby takes place in the grandstand at 7 p.m. (separate admission charged).

Wednesday through Saturday offers demonstrations by the Hardin County Homemakers at 1 p.m. in the Community Building.

Daily entertainment can be seen at the Gazebo in front of the grandstand, and at the Entertainment Shelterhouse, north of the Community Building. Performances include Anoited Hearts, Christ Convent Choir, One Voice Quartet, the Pickin' and Grinnin' Country Band, and several baton corps.

Junior Fair judging begins on Tuesday with the swine and goat shows. Wednesday has the horse and pony show, beef showmanship, the rabbit show, sheep breed and dairy shows, followed by sheep showmanship.

On Thursday, dairy feeders will be judged, as well as the poultry, beef feeders, and the steer show.

With all of the events going on at the fair, Fair Board President Don Spar says that Hardin County is truly fortunate to have a network of people who are passionate about the event running smoothly. He noted that the amount of cooperation between the Senior Fair Board, the Junior Fair Board, over 400 volunteers, and the community is outstanding. And the focus is still on the rural aspect of the fair: the junior fair and open class projects.

Admission to the fair is $7 per person, and season tickets are available. Daily ride wristbands are $10. See a complete fair schedule online at, and also in today’s special section on the Hardin County Fair.