DCCA News: Darke County’s favorite thing


No doubt about it—almost every local citizen’s favorite thing is The Great Darke County Fair. Each year, the Fair is happily anticipated, heartily enjoyed, and fondly remembered. Additionally, each fair attendee counts on enjoying their very own favorite thing at the fair—which could be the food, the animals, the races, the tractor pull, the entertainment, the opportunity to see people you only meet at the fair, the rides, the flower show, the farm implements, the Domestic Arts exhibits, the 4-H projects, or any other of the many attractions offered and savored at the beloved annual event.

Darke County Center for the Arts will once again have a booth in the Coliseum at the fairgrounds, promoting the fact that the arts count, inspiring creativity and enhancing lives. In addition to season brochures outlining the amazing artists DCCA will be presenting throughout next year, you can pick up a bookmark featuring the list of Family Theatre Series’ twentieth anniversary shows. Once again, coupons offering a discount on tickets for DCCA’s annual Halloween season fundraiser, the Ghostwalk, will be available at the fair booth, where you can also fill out a brief survey (which helps DCCA with programming as well as marketing) to be automatically entered in a contest offering a chance to win two tickets to a DCCA performance as well as the grand prize—two tickets for DCCA’s Special Event at historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on October 7, One Night in Memphis, recreating the memorable night Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins got together for an impromptu jam session at legendary Sun Studios.

But wait, there’s more! Genre-bending singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Myles and his trio open DCCA’s Artists Series on September 9; take advantage of DCCA’s “Fair Special, which offers $5 off the $20 ticket price for this talented musician who performs country, folk, doo wop, jazz, and Bluegrass. In fact, you can order all your DCCA tickets at the Fair booth, snagging the best available remaining seats. I’d highly recommend picking up your tickets for the band that has won the most awards ever in Bluegrass history, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, because you can count on that concert selling out long before it happens on January 20.

Tickets make excellent gifts, offering worlds of wonder that leave an impression lasting long after the performance has ended. Why not order tickets to DCCA’s Family Theatre Series at the fair for your favorite youngsters; the season includes A Very Electric Christmas on November 19, Charlotte’s Web on February 18, and Guess How Much I Love You on April 18. Seats cost just $5, a real bargain which is even more economical when you purchase the entire season for $12.

If you are already a DCCA subscriber or member, please stop by the booth to say hello to the DCCA staff, board members, and volunteers who will be working there. If you are not yet a member, you can become a supporter of the arts in your community by making your membership donation while at the fair.

Almost nobody wants to miss the Great Darke County Fair; the long, long list of fair enthusiasts includes Darke County Center for the Arts, which understands how much members of our community count on the fair to make their summer complete. DCCA’s presence at this iconic Darke County event reminds fair goers how the arts count in the lives of people of all ages, uniting two of Darke County’s favorite things for the benefit of almost everyone.

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By Marilyn Delk


Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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