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Ottawa County Fair celebrating a half-century
The 50th annual Ottawa County Fair will run July 14-20 at the county fairgrounds, 7870 SR 163, Oak Harbor.
The fair officially kicks off July 14, when Chases Racing Pigs will hold race times throughout the day. In addition to a number of judging events, the Junior Fair King and Queen Contest will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent. Grandstand entertainment will include harness racing at 5 p.m.; presentation of the King and Queen and the Future Kings & Queens Parade at 7:30 p.m.
On July 15, in addition to Chases Racing Pigs, Mike Bishop will present his “Wild Mind Comedy Hypnosis” throughout the day and the rest of the fair. Other highlights include a hog-calling contest at 5:30 p.m.; a corn hole tourney at 7 p.m. and grandstand entertainment featuring an “Almost Anything Goes Contest” at 7 p.m. on the track. July 16 is Senior Citizens’ Day at the fair, which will include free admission for ages 60 and older and a number of special events, such as free blood pressure checks, musical entertainment, bingo, an ice cream social and more. Other Wednesday events include a chainsaw carving demo from 6:30 p.m. until dark; a mounted shooting demo in the arena at 7 p.m. and grandstand entertainment featuring the Phillip Fox Band at 6:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m., The Willis Clan –the family of musicians that are contestants on this season’s “America’s Got Talent.”
Thursday, July 17 will feature Barn Games at the track at 3 p.m.; chainsaw carvings from 6:30 p.m. until dark; mounted shooting demos in the arena at 7 p.m. and a Tug-a-Truck Competition at 7 p.m.
Friday’s highlights include a Youth Euchre Tourney at 1 p.m.; Prettiest Baby Contest at 6 p.m.; chainsaw carvings from 6:30 p.m. until dark and a performance by the Brent Lowery Band at 8:30 p.m. Grandstand entertainment includes a Demo Derby featuring full-sized cars, pickups, compacts and `80s and newer cars at 7 p.m. Spectacular 50th anniversary fireworks will follow.
July 19 will be Veterans’ Day at the fair, which will include free admission for veterans with proper ID; a Veterans’ Lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; plus entertainment beginning at 12:30 p.m. Other Saturday events will include tractor games at 10 a.m.; a Back to the Farm Sale also at 10 a.m.; Cloverbud Stick Pony Races at noon; a Kiddie Tractor Pull at 1 p.m.; Junior Fair Baker’s Roundup and Auction beginning at 2 p.m. and a square dance with Jerry Wittman and Donnie Ray from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Grandstand entertainment will include OSTPA & Lucas Oil Truck & Tractor Pull at 7 p.m., and an auction of chainsaw carvings at 8 p.m.
Kids’ Day will be celebrated Sunday, July 20, with a kids’ fishing derby and an open pinewood derby at 1 p.m. The day’s events will also include a celebration of 100 years of Cooperative Extension Service from noon-3 p.m. and a pie-eating contest at 2 p.m. Grandstand entertainment will include a Brush Pull-Pick-up and Semi-pull at noon.
General admission with parking is $5 for ages 9 and older. Extra charges apply for rides and grandstand events. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.ottawacountyfair.org or call 419-898-1971.
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