The Dayton Fair will begin with a few early events before officially starting on Sunday.
A year after the fair was canceled due to a pandemic, the president of the fair, Larry Marshall, said he was excited about the return of people.
“People are very excited about this year’s fair,” he said. “The office is very busy and many are bringing in entries. Everyone backstage is busy.
But the hustle and bustle behind the scenes is part of Marshall’s favorite part of the fair. It is also a fair with a long history.
“On the other hand, I was able to count the number of days I haven’t been able to attend the fair since I was 16,” he said. “I love this fair. I have been a member of the board since 2009 and chairman since 2013. I like to prepare myself and organize the fair where people want to go. to augment.”
This year’s fair will offer a lot to our guests. The fair will start early on Saturday August 14, with the antique tractor draw scheduled for noon and the first showing of building entrances for major exhibitions.
Entries are received not only by community members, but also by many 4-H members. That’s what Marshall appreciates.
“We still have a lot of involvement in 4-H,” Marshall said. “This is what the kids are looking forward to, and it’s great to see them join in and get excited. “
The Century Farm Awards will take place on Sunday at 6 p.m., followed by a community church service in the grandstand at 7 p.m. and a Fair Queen at 8 p.m.
The fair will officially open at 1:00 p.m. on Monday August 16, with a merry-go-round at 5:00 p.m. on Monday evening, and a Sanctus Real Christian concert at the grandstand. Visitors to the fair have the option of paying an additional $ 5 to stand on the concert floor.
Marshall attributed this Christian concert to the work of the local church.
“We are getting a lot of support from them,” he said. “They bring in a lot of donations, and some local businesses are leaning in to support donations for entertainment. It’s still a big draw.
Tuesday is Senator Joe Pittman’s day at the fair, with a variety of cattle screenings and a concert by country artist Chris Higby at the podium at 7 p.m.
According to Marshall, Higby of Dawson City in Fayette County graduated from IUP. “He plays the violin very well,” he added.
S&T Bank Day will take place on Wednesday. The harness race will take place at the grandstand at noon and the Community Pet Show will be presented on the free stage at 4:30 p.m. There will also be a fun mini horse show at the riding school at 6.30 p.m.
Marshall said the free stage was recently renovated.
“We just changed it,” he said. “It’s a scene where anyone can play for free. You can come to karaoke to play, sing or do anything for free. We welcome you.
Marshall said funding for the renovation was due with help from Elderton Bank. “They really helped our project. We really appreciate them.
Wednesday’s highlight is the power pull event starting at 7pm. This force of attraction was brought to the fair by Lucas Oil and is a Propull league with the open class at the Dayton Fair. The classes covered in traction are: Limited Professional Tractor / Super Agricultural. Superstock 4 × 4 trucks; Limited 4 × 4 Prostock diesel trucks; Prostock 4 × 4 trucks; 8,000 # 4 × 4 Diesel Open Street Trucks; And 10,500 # Farm tractors open.
The lounge offers special discounts for veterans and serving members over 62. Those who meet these conditions can enter for free only on site. For night stand activities, amusement park rides, or other admission fees that require an activity, you must purchase a $ 10 stamp.
We also offer a noon trotting race and an off-road drag race at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
Both functions are performed on the grandstand.
Friday evening, a dismantling derby at 7 p.m. Weekends end on Saturdays and at 7 p.m. with the RafterZ rodeo. There is also a STAR FIRE fireworks display after the rodeo.
For those coming to Dayton Fair this year, there should be something that interests them.
“It’s always a good time,” Marshall said. “I can’t wait for people to come and enjoy the fair. “