For 158 years now, celebrating the end of summer has meant one thing to many living in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan – attending the Fulton County Fair.
Thousands of families, both near and far, have enjoyed the annual event for generations, taking in the Fair’s winning combination of world-class entertainment and old-fashioned family fun, all at a reasonable price.
The 158th Fulton County Fair kicks off on Friday, Sept. 4 and runs through Thursday, Sept. 10 at the “Top of Ohio” Fairgrounds, just north of Wauseon on Rt. 108 at Ohio Turnpike Exit 34.
Over the years, the Fulton County Fair has become known as one of the top fairs in the state of Ohio. Time-honored traditions like carnival rides, animal shows and crop competitions have remained. Each year also brings with it innovative attractions and current names in musical entertainment. This year’s Fair is staged to offer the same exciting mixture of old and new.
Classic rock powerhouse Lynyrd Skynyrd is set to perform Sunday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Boasting a catalog of over 60 albums, Lynyrd Skynyrd has been bringing their music to life for 41 years through timeless crowd pleasers like “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Country music favorites Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard hit the grandstand stage on Monday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. for the Fair’s Labor Day Country Concert. Concertgoers can sing along to top hits like Lynch’s “Cowboys and Angels” and “She Cranks My Tractor” and Frankie Ballard’s relatable lyric-driven songs like “Helluva Life.”
An array of contests, exhibits and competitions fill each day’s schedule, from the Out of Field & Antique Tractor Pulls in the grandstand starting Friday morning to Ohio’s Greatest Demolition Derby on Thursday night.
There are plenty of activities for kids, especially on Tuesday’s Junior Fair Day, where all school children are admitted for free until 6 p.m.
As attendees take in the sights, they can fill up on tasty fare from nearly 100 different vendors, sampling everything from homemade donuts, sausage and rib eye sandwiches to funnel cakes, and let’s not forget the milkshakes available in chocolate or vanilla.
Fairgoers can keep up-to-date on all the action during the 7-day run at www.fultoncountyfair.com, through the Fair’s Facebook page, Twitter (@fultoncntyfair) and Instagram for details and pictures of the Fair’s jam-packed schedule of events.
In addition to ongoing rides and attractions throughout the day, Fair events include:
Friday, Sept. 4 – Judging agriculture, including fruits, vegetables and canned goods. ALSA Open Llama and Alpaca Show in Spangler Arena. Culinary and floral judging. Baked Goods Auction on the South Stage and beef breeding judging in the Spangler Arena. Flag Raising Ceremony with the Veterans’ Association in the Grandstand followed by NTPA Sanctioned Tractor and Truck Pulls.
Saturday, Sept. 5 – Veterans’ Day – Veterans and Spouses Admitted for free until 6 p.m. Jr. Fair Hog Judging in Sale Arena, Jr. Fair Horse Show in Osthimer Horse Arena, Horseshoe Championship, Jr. Fair Feeder Calf Judging, a free Ham and Bean Dinner for Veterans and Family at noon, Harness Racing with Pari-Mutual Wagering in the grandstand, Fulton County Saddle Club Open Speed Show, Classic Car Display in Sale Arena, Jr. Fair Steer Show, Pickup Truck Pull in the Grandstand, Jr. Fair King and Queen Crowning on the South Stage, 50s and 60s concert featuring the Van-Dells and a Catholic Mass Service in the Christian Music Building.
Sunday, Sept. 6 – Jr. Fair Horse Show and Rabbit Judging, Worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the Christian Music Building, Golden Wedding Party, Tractor Operating Contest, Corn Hole Contest, Labor Day Weekend Champion of Champions Horseshoe Tournament, free throw & Three Point Basketball Contest, free Christian music concerts, Michigan Miniature Horse Pull, Game On! Youth Event, Classic Rock Concert featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bits & Harness Pony Pull.
Monday, Sept. 7 – Labor Day – Jr. Fair Sheep Show and Dairy Judging, Horseshoe Pitching Tournament, Versatility Horse Show, Corn Hole Mixed Doubles Tournament, Goat Cart & Pack Exhibition, Jr. Fair Goat Judging, Cottonwood Cloggers, Post N’ Rails Pleasure & Contesting for ages 8 and under, Guys & Gals Sheep Lead Class, Labor Day Country Concert in the Grandstand featuring Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard, Cow Milking, Butter Carving and Costumed Animal Contest.
Tuesday, Sept. 8 – Junior Fair Day – Free Admission for All School Children until 6 p.m. with Special Ride Pricing from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Open Class Horse and Pony Judging, Jr. Fair Dog Show, Open Livestock Judging, Floral Judging in the Arts & Crafts Building, Youth Corn Hole Contest, Junior Horseshoe Pitching Championship (ages 9 – 17), Straw Loading Contest, Money Scramble (ages 6 and under), Pedal Power Pull, Harness Racing with Pari-Mutual Wagering, Showman of Showmen and Golden Gloves Boxing.
Wednesday, Sept. 9 – Senior Citizens’ Day – Citizens age 65 and over admitted free until 6 p.m. Open Class Goats Judging, Senior Citizens’ Party in the Veterans Pavilion, Draft Horse & Pony Show, Women’s Day Activities, Senior Horseshoe Tournament, Club Calf Classic Feeder Calf Show, Doubles Horseshoe Pitching Tournament, Jr. Fair Small Animal Sale and Lost Nations Rodeo Co. Event in the grandstand.
Thursday, Sept. 10 – Closing Day – Jr. Fair Large Animal Sale, Ohio’s Greatest Demolition Derby in the grandstand at 7 p.m., free concert on the South Stage featuring Shades of Blue, Flag Lowering Ceremony at 10 p.m. and close of the Fulton County Fair at 11 p.m.
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. Money-saving 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.
Gate or free admission does not include ticketed shows. Persons who want information regarding Grandstand entertainment, should visit the Fair’s web site: fultoncountyfair.com or call 419-335-SHOW (7469).