#HomeGrownStories – Stories from the Miami County Fair

The Miami County Fair is one of the biggest annual events in the county and it’s a summer tradition for many families and friends. It’s also the culmination of 4-H and FFA projects for younger generations. The Miami County Agricultural Society sponsors the week-long fair during August. The Society was founded in 1846 to operate an annual agricultural fair. It’s a family-friendly event with farm shows, fair food, and entertainment. 

Parker and Oliver, from Laura, Ohio and their cousin Carter from Dayton, Ohio (Parker and Oliver are wearing t-shirts from Wright On High in Covington)
What brings them to the Miami County Fair this year:
Parker – Showing pigs. I got third and fourth place this year!
Oliver – My brother shows pigs.
Carter – I’m here to see Parker, my cousin, show his pigs.

How many years they’ve been coming to the fair:
Parker – This is my second year showing my pigs. This is my second year coming to the Miami County Fair.
Oliver – Uh, like three.
Carter – I don’t remember how many times I’ve come.

Their favorite thing at the fair so far:
Parker – Oooh. Seeing all the animals.
Oliver – I might be able to show chickens at the fair next year.
Carter – My favorite thing would probably be being able to hang out with my cousins.

Over 100,000 visitors attend the fair each year. The midway is full of rides and all manner of fair food, including local food trucks. The exhibit halls display art, flower and produce from local Miami County residents. Seminars are offered on a variety of gardening and horticultural topics, some of which focus on gardening like a Raised Bed Gardening Seminar and How to Become a Master Gardener. Others focus on fauna in the garden like Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators and Choosing Plants to Attract Butterflies.

Karen from Piqua, Ohio
What brings her to the Miami County Fair this year: I’m watching my grandchildren show at the hog show.

How many years she has been coming to the fair: I’ve been coming to the Miami County Fair for 28 years.

Her favorite thing at the fair so far: The Flower Show.

Horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and goats are on display and compete for Best of Show. Chickens, turkeys, ducks, and rabbits compete as well. In the stadium, visitors can watch shows like Harness Racing and Mini Horse Pulls.

A variety of musical entertainment is part of the fair experience as well. This year Chris Lane performed at the stadium on Sunday evening. Special guest and Covington, Ohio native, Clark Manson performed as well. Sugar Grove Bluegrass Band and Seventh Street Band are also musical entertainers this year.

Samantha from Arcanum, Ohio and Ethin from Troy, Ohio

What brings them to the Miami County Fair this year:
Samantha – I’ve been showing livestock here in open classes. I’m showing sheep, breeding sheep, and market lambs.
Ethin – I’ve been showing market, dairy and beef steers.

How many years they have been coming to the fair:
Samantha – Around five years.
Ethin – I’ve been coming all my life, around fifteen years.

Their favorite thing at the fair so far:
Samantha – Watch shows and be a part of shows.
Ethin – Show and eat!

There are several special days this week that offer free admission. Tuesday is First Responder Day and Wednesday is Armed Forces Day. Veterans and their spouse get into the fair for free.

Garry and Anita from Troy, Ohio
What brings them to the Miami County Fair this year: We started going to watch see our grandkids’ 4-H projects. Adding our own participation made going more fun for all us. I compete in the horticulture show and the OAGC flower shows.

How many years they have been coming to the fair: We’ve been seriously coming since 2005. Occasionally, since the 1960s.

Their favorite thing at the fair so far: We love how it represents the values of our rural, small town Ohio community. We also enjoy seeing people and the horticulture and art entries. Watching kids showing their animals. Eating funnel cakes and Cove Springs pies.

Fair week is a time to celebrate Miami County’s rich agricultural heritage! It’s also a wonderful time to catch up with friends and family. The Miami County Fair is a summer tradition we have been celebrating for well over a hundred years!


Miami County Fair
650 N. County Road 25-A Troy, Ohio 45373
miamicountyohiofair.com
Facebook: @MiamiCountyFair


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