On Friday, Sept. 1, The Fulton County Fair is kicking of its 160th year. Running through Thursday, Sept. 7 at the “Top of Ohio” Fairgrounds, this year’s fair boasts delicious local food from over 100 vendors as well as concerts, activities, animal exhibits, competitions, crafts and rides for all ages.
Since 1857, fairgoers have enjoyed the weeklong celebration featuring the best of Northwest Ohio. This family-friendly fair is now among the top three largest fairs in the state and remains among the most affordable venues for local entertainment in the area. Regular adult gate admission is $5 and children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free, too.
This year, there is a notable entertainment lineup, including Grammy-awarding winning country megastar, Travis Tritt, taking the grandstand stage on Labor Day evening. Caroline Kole, who is currently touring with Reba McIntire, will open up for Travis Tritt. Sunday night’s show features the always popular rock band, Loverboy as well as “Eye of the Tiger” songwriters, Survivor.
Free shows at the fair include performances from Blend, an a capella 50s and 60s group taking the South Stage on Thursday, Sept. 7. Local fan favorite, The Van Dells, are also back for a free show on Saturday night on the South Stage.
This year, fair organizers are excited to welcome Mobile Glass Studios to the north end of the Arts & Crafts Building from Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4. These skilled glassblowers turn a 2,000-degree liquid into numerous items from vases to cups to fish and wildlife sculptures.
Fairgoers can see free demonstrations of the lost art of glassblowing, which promise to educate and amaze. Glassblown items will be auctioned off at the fair.
Families with children of all ages are invited to check out the new Family Adventure Zone. Complete with an inflatable obstacle course, laser tag and more, activities in the Family Adventure Zone are absolutely free of charge.
Red Dragon Laser Tag will run games Sept. 2 through Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Family Adventure Zone is located in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.
The Fulton County Fair also draws exceptional Junior Fair projects and open class shows that feature animals of all kinds. Stop by the fair if you’ve never milked a cow, carved butter or competed in a costumed animal show.
If you own a motorcycle, semi-truck, ATV, buggie or even a riding lawnmower, bring it down to the fair on Wednesday, Sept.6 for KOI Drag Racing. This action-packed competition is a race to see whose vehicle goes the fastest down a hardened dirt strip. Don’t miss your chance to see who ends up at the top of their class.
Starting at 7 p.m., grandstand admission is $10 and pit passes are also $10. KOI Drag Racing experts will also have classes for kids, ATV/Dirt Bike classes, modified and open classes. For more information, visit www.koidragraacing.com
Fulton County Fair’s “Derby Hat Day” will take place on Saturday, Sept. 2. This inaugural event is part of Saturday’s Harness Races in the grandstand. Come dressed to impress and ready to win prizes.
An interactive fire-fighting demonstration designed to educate children about fire safety and survival through hands-on activities is available Saturday through Tuesday during the Fair. Other free entertainment includes four days of a 6-Draft Horse Hitch team demonstration, Christian entertainment each day, and free concerts on the South Stage every day of the Fair.
The Fair also honors designated groups, offering free admission to veterans and spouses on Saturday, Sept. 2 until 6 p.m. Veterans are invited to attend a free ham and bean dinner sponsored by the Fulton County United Veterans Association beginning at noon on Saturday.
Tuesday, Sept. 5 is Junior Fair Day, and the day that all school children receive free admission until 6 p.m., plus discounted ride prices from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Fairgoers ages 65 and older will be admitted at no charge until 6 p.m. for Senior Citizens’ Day.
To keep the Fair family-friendly, there’s also a private comfortable area for mothers with infants in the Ag Organization Building, just north of the Township Building.
Gate or free admission does not include ticketed shows.
Regular gate admission to the Fulton County Fair is $5 per person and includes free parking. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Season tickets may be purchased for $15 prior to the Fair from 4-H and service clubs, at the Fair office, or at area businesses. Season tickets are available at the gate Friday and Saturday of Fair for $20.
The Fulton County Fair is among Ohio’s largest fairs and is considered a premier county fair, drawing national attention and world-class performers. More than a quarter-million fairgoers are expected again this year.
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