GREENVILLE — The anticipation and preparation finally came to fruition Monday morning under blue and sunny skies as the 159th annual Great Darke County Fair opened the gates, and the ribbon was cut on the festivities.
Darke County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) President Brian Rismiller welcomed the gathered crowd to the fair’s opening and introduced the Conway brothers, Cylas, Seth and Cale, a string trio, who played the national anthem as the flag was raised.
Following the flag-raising, the ribbon was cut, hosted by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce, to a cheer of, “Great Darke County Fair!”
“It’s a beautiful day to start the Great Darke County Fair,” Rismiller said. “We hope everyone comes out and has a great time.”
The opening ceremony was followed by the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House, where Rismiller introduced members of the board, as well as local and state dignitaries who were in attendance.
Velma Campbell, this year’s fair parade marshal, was recognized for her years of contribution to the fair.
“We appreciate all your time on the board,” Rismiller said.
Campbell replied, “Thank you for allowing me to serve. I truly love the fair.”
Terry Haworth offered the blessing, recognizing the dedicated community coming together to make the fair a success, and praying for protection over the activities and events of the week.
A proclamation honoring the Great Darke County Fair was presented from the state.
Fair Manager Daryl Riffle thanked everyone involved in making the fair a success and noted that the “weather forecast looks awesome” for the duration of the fair, which continues through Aug. 29.
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