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For some, the Ottawa County Fair may not mean much.

But for others, it’s a special time of the year – the one week every year when you can see a demolition derby, pig races, a hog-calling contest and a tractor pull all together in an event that features something for everyone.

Next week, from July 15-21, the Ottawa County Fair will be celebrating its 49th year. Joe Camp, president of the Senior Fair Board and a man who has been involved with the event for over 20 years, spoke about the fair and its importance.

“It gives people in the county an opportunity to show off the hard work they’ve put into their projects,” he said. “Some people have put anywhere from two to 10 months into their projects. It gives people the chance to present their projects to the county and to Northwest Ohio. (These people) have put a lot of hard work into (their


(Press file photo by Laura Norden/

projects) and it’s our responsibility to help them.”

According to Camp, approximately 15,000 to 17,000 people attended the festivities last year.

When I was in the Junior Fair, it was the highlight of the year,” Camp said. “You looked forward to the fair and you wished it lasted two weeks. As you grow older, though, it becomes more and more work. The reason people join the board of directors is to give back to an organization that gave back to them. You’re paying your dues after you’ve reaped your rewards (from your days as a kid).

“That way, you’re able to give some kid another opportunity to have the enjoyable experiences I had when I was a kid,” Camp said.

And that’s what makes the fair such a special event — the fact that so many people in the community work hard to provide for others, especially children, the opportunity to have an enjoyable week in the middle of summer while seeing the hard work they’ve put into the projects pay off.

Each day of the week features at least one major event. This year, they are as follows:

• Monday — Harness Racing, 5 p.m.

• Tuesday — Cheerleading Competition, 7 p.m.; Tug-of-War Competition, 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesday — Rodeo, 7 p.m. (Tickets are $8)

• Thursday — Open Pick-Up & Semi Pull, 7 p.m. (Tickets are $5)

• Friday — Demolition Derby, 7 p.m. (Tickets are $5)

• Saturday — Antique & Farm Stock Pull, 8 a.m.; Lucas Oil PPL & OSTPA Truck & Tractor Pull, 7 p.m. (Tickets are $10)

• Sunday — Mounted Shooting Demonstration, 1 p.m.

“There’s something for everybody,” Camp said. “It’s a $7 gate admission so you’ve got to find ways to entertain everybody. The entertainment committee tries to find a diverse entertainment schedule — not everybody wants to go to the derby, not everybody wants to go to the tractor pull, but some people might want to see the livestock exhibits. We’ve got a magician coming and there will be the pig scramble.

“We’ve got the harness races that have been a tradition here for a number of years, and then we’ve got the cheerleading and tug-of-war contest. There are bands playing during the week and we’ve also got square dancing on Saturday night. We try to pull different people in from around Toledo, Sandusky and Tiffin and give them a reason to come out.”

The fairgrounds, located at 7870 State Route 163 in Oak Harbor, is also home to several other events this year, among them the Flea Market (Aug. 9-11), the Holiday Arts & Crafts Show (Oct., 2013), the Fall Family Halloween Weekend (Oct. 2013) and the Open Horse Show and the Annual Ottawa Co. Building Fund Raffle, both of which are still to be scheduled.

For more information, visit the website,, or call the Senior Fair Board by phone 419-898-1971 or email

(Press file photo by Laura Norden/




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