Versailles News: Fair vs. Fare


It’s Fair time or should I say FareFest time? Fair and Fare are homonyms or two words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. This weekend we have both the Great Darke County Fair, which begins today, Friday, August 18 and Fare Fest which will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. Saturday, August 19 on Main Street in Versailles.

Although the words have different definitions the events have commonality. For example fair means an exhibition, such as the 161st Annual Great Darke County Fair which runs through August 26. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight each day. At the Darke County fair you can enjoy art, agriculture, amusement rides, horse racing, arcade games, horticulture, exhibits, and food and drink galore. The operative words are “food and drink”. Now consider the 9th Annual Versailles FareFest this Saturday, August 19 from 2 – 5 p.m. For one price you receive a complimentary wine glass and enjoying three hours of unlimited food, beer, and wine from restaurants and beverage distributors throughout the Miami Valley, as well as live musical entertainment of Free Lance and Ohio Brewed.

Although food and is an integral part of our society, it’s really the social element of the fair and Fare Fest that far exceeds the enticement of an funnel cake, elephant ear or a glass of beer. After all most fair food has become accessible at area restaurants, for instance, Dairy Queen® now has a funnel cake topped with an ice cream sundae and everyone can drink beer in the privacy of their home. Hope to see you socializing and enjoying the ambience of these events this weekend.

Fairgoers may find it helpful to view the Darke County Fair’s schedule online at


Monday, August 21 the library is hosting a solar eclipse party which begins at 1 p.m., viewing/safety glasses and snacks will be provided, but bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets. Also on Monday the Fair offers Ministers, Children (age 11 and under) and Senior Citizens (60 and older) free admission. Also Monday the YMCA of Versailles and Greenville have open registration for classes, which includes, Aqua Zumba® , Kinetic Strength, Yoga, Zumba®, ReFit ®, VeraFlow, Cardio drumming, various Silver Sneakers Fitness Classes, and even more. September’s classes begin Tuesday, September 5.

Wednesday, August 23 at the Fair is Armed Forces Veteran’s Day. Veterans and immediate family members living in the same household are admitted free.

Thursday, August 24 at the “Fair is Free until 3 Day”. No admission will be charged at the gate until 3:00 pm and Kissel Brother Ride wristbands are half price all day.

Mark your calendar for the annual “Breakfast at with the Tigers” at the football field on Sunday, September 2, from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. The meal consists of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice for $6. Eat in or carry out. There will also be the opportunity to purchase a chance for the annual football drop.

Members of the Versailles Rotary Club have tickets for their upcoming BBQ chicken dinner for sale. Presale tickets can be purchased at Phelan Insurance (526-3111), Second National Bank (526-3287)

or any Rotary member. The carryout dinner can be picked up at the old fire station (corner of Wood and Center Street) from 3:30 – 6 p.m. on Friday, August 25.

Happy birthday to newborn Charlotte Louise daughter of Mallory and Matt Kissel, Barb Westgerdes, Cole Carity, Kim Middendorf, Cheryl Collins, Cole De’Nise, Ronda Stammen, Dwight Keihl, Lynne Schlater, Stephanie Giere, Bob Paulus, Dan Richhart, Gary Poling, Bonnie Kinser, Jeremy Yagle, Tony Lewis, Karen Mescher, Amelia Goubeaux, Mark Hilgefort, Kendall Keihl, Ralph Schulze, Rocky Van Cleve, Jennifer Koogler, Allison Irey, Bob Nieport, Theresa Boerger, Jan Monnin, Jessica Weaver, Cindy Goubeaux, Maggie Dabbelt, Audrey Lutz, Chris Baugher, Lisa Heaton, Matthew Rhoades, and Margaret Hartzell as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes to Paula and Dan Varvel (9), Carolyn and Daryl Shrader (10), Katie and Nick Ellis (11), Tracy and Tony Mueller (18), Michelle and Keith Buschur (20), Jeannie and Gary Grosch (21), Eileen and Chris Cox (35), Mary and Tom Juette (39), Jeanie and Alan Henry (40), Linda and Jim Davidson (51) and Donna and Pastor Bob Akins (52).

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Jerry Paulus, Tim Bayless, Pooch Barga, Anthony “Bucky” Francis, Mildred Levering, Chris Apple, Wilma Heiby, Dick Ware, Carl DeMange, Rosie Cordonnier, Romaine Berger, Irene Gehret, Judy York, Bill Luthman, Miriam Harman, Jack Monnin, Mary Batty, Norma Magoto, Terry Black, Betty Kremer, Denny Grilliot, Beverly Brown, Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Mary Barga, Anabelle Subler, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Dan Monnin, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Cyril Frantz, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Samantha Smith, Brian Voisard, and all those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, ailing, suffering, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers and their caregivers.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Kylee Wells (24), William Lyle (30), Alice Faye Schlecty (66), Tammy Jo Shapiro (68), Delores Peltier (92) and also remembering within our hearts the lives of Phyllis Overholser, Vernon Allison, John McEldowney, Wanda Staley, Irene Broering, Bernie Treon, Mary Thornhill, Alberta Palmisano, Bob Denlinger, Cathy Eckstein, Roy Henry, Judy Harman, Walter Frey, Mike Phlipot, Dr. Leroy Steinbrecker, Betty Oehrtman, Naomi Sharp, Wayne Wendel, Bob Hollingsworth, Matt Monnin, and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” ~Julia Child

“Drinking in the middle of a State Route makes dancing in the streets even better.” ~Anonymous

“Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we detox!” ~C. Edwards

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By Kathy Magoto

Versailles News

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. 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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