Another Great Darke County Fair Opens Friday


GREENVILLE — Eighty-nine-year-old Charles Lane attended the Great Darke County Fair Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Friday, August 18.

Lane said his grandparents used to drive in their horse and buggy to the fair, 17 miles from Union City, Indiana.

“He was a horse breeder – that is what he was interested in,” Lane said of his grandfather. “They said they would leave early at the break of the day and get back before dark. I remember coming in the old Model T. I think this fair is above all the rest in the country. There is just something about it. I’ve been to some of the other fairs, and I just think this one here is more appealing to people.”

In addition, Vince and Karen Knueven, of Cincinnati, came in for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Karen’s parents are from Greenville and she grew up with the fair. But it was not until Vince met Karen that he attended a county fair.

“Darke was the first for me and I’m like what?” He said. “The midway is almost like a movie set. It is unbelievable when it is lit up at night.”

The Darke County Chamber of Commerce with President Sharon Deschambeau, facilitated the Darke County Agricultural Society in opening its gates to another Great Darke County Fair. Finnley Greene, of Greenfield, Indiana, played the “National Anthem” on her violin. Fair Manager Brian Rismiller greeted the crowd, with all of the fairboard members, including: President Dean Neff; Vice-President Doug Martin, Treasurer Jerry Marker, Russ Bennett, Richard Delk. Ed Erisman, Dave Niley, Cindy Riffle and James Zumbrink. An opening prayer was given by Rev. Terry Haworth.

“Father, because you are such a great God, we do anticipate your presence here at the fair.” he said. “We ask Father, that you will give protection to everyone that is involved, and Father, we pray that you give wisdom and a special portion of energy to the directors as they carry out their responsibilities this week.”

The fair runs August 18 – 26; 7 a.m.-midnight. Vendors are open 10 a.m.- 10 p.m and rides are open noon-11 p.m. The fair is located at the Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville, Ohio. For more information, visit www.darkecountyfair.com

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The Darke County Chamber of Commerce with President Sharon Deschambeau, facilitated the Darke County Agricultural Society opened its gates to another Great Darke County Fair, Friday, August 18, in Greenville, Ohio.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_fair-opens-1.jpgThe Darke County Chamber of Commerce with President Sharon Deschambeau, facilitated the Darke County Agricultural Society opened its gates to another Great Darke County Fair, Friday, August 18, in Greenville, Ohio. Carolyn Harmon | The Daily Advocate

Finnley Greene, of Greenfield, Indiana, played the “National Anthem” during the opening of the fair, Friday. “Since I am a fourth-generation musician, I enjoy playing music with my family,” she said.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_fairopens2-1.jpgFinnley Greene, of Greenfield, Indiana, played the “National Anthem” during the opening of the fair, Friday. “Since I am a fourth-generation musician, I enjoy playing music with my family,” she said. Carolyn Harmon | The Daily Advocate

Rev. Terry Haworth prayed over the fairboard members: Fair Manager Brian Rismiller, President Dean Neff, Vice-President Doug Martin, Treasurer Jerry Marker, Russ Bennett, Richard Delk, Ed Erisman, Dave Niley, Cindy Riffle and James Zumbrink. “Father, because you are such a great God, we do anticipate your presence here at the fair.”Haworth said. “We ask Father, that you will give protection to everyone that is involved, and Father, we pray that you give wisdom and a special portion of energy to the directors as they carry out their responsibilities this week.”
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_faircut3-1.jpgRev. Terry Haworth prayed over the fairboard members: Fair Manager Brian Rismiller, President Dean Neff, Vice-President Doug Martin, Treasurer Jerry Marker, Russ Bennett, Richard Delk, Ed Erisman, Dave Niley, Cindy Riffle and James Zumbrink. “Father, because you are such a great God, we do anticipate your presence here at the fair.”Haworth said. “We ask Father, that you will give protection to everyone that is involved, and Father, we pray that you give wisdom and a special portion of energy to the directors as they carry out their responsibilities this week.” Carolyn Harmon | The Daily Advocate
Darke County Chamber holds ribbon cutting

By Carolyn Harmon

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