160th Darke County Fair opens


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to open the fair festivities

By Tesina Jackson - tjackson@aimmedianetwork.com



The opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the Darke County Fair was followed by the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House where Michael Vartorella, Department of Agriculture chief inspector and director of fair operations, presented the Darke County Agricultural Society with a $50,000 grant check that will be used for a paving project.

The opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the Darke County Fair was followed by the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House where Michael Vartorella, Department of Agriculture chief inspector and director of fair operations, presented the Darke County Agricultural Society with a $50,000 grant check that will be used for a paving project.


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Darke County Jr. Fair Queen Molly Hunt, left, stands next to Brian Rismiller, Darke County Agricultural Society president and Darke County Chamber of Commerce president Sharon Deschambdeau during the 160th Darke County Fair opening day ribbon cutting ceremony.


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State Representative Jim Buchy was honored at the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House after the 160th Darke County Fair opening day ribbon cutting ceremony.


Christina Chalmers | The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE — To mark the opening of the 160th Darke County Fair, city and county officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.

“It’s important to have the ribbon cutting ceremony because that’s the start of the fair,” said Brian Rismiller, Darke County Agricultural Society president. “It’s starts the whole week off. The whole thing about having a fair, the activities that we have, it helps develop the youth and that’s why we’re here, to carry on the tradition.”

Darke County Jr. Fair Queen Molly Hunt kicked off the ceremony by singing the national anthem while Pastor and former county commissioner Terry Haworth gave the opening prayer.

“It’s 160 years, that’s a long time,” Haworth said. “With all those years there’s a lot of experiences and a lot of memories.”

Haworth asked those who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to recall some of their fair memories while sharing some of his own memories growing up and attending the fair throughout the years with his family.

“The past produces memories, the present produces opportunities and the future produces hopes and dreams and the fair today is greater than it was 10 years ago, 50, even 160 and it will be greater in the future as we continue to move forward in this county,” he said.

The opening ceremony was followed by the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House where Michael Vartorella, Department of Agriculture chief inspector and director of fair operations, presented the Darke County Agricultural Society with a $50,000 grant check for a recent paving project.

“We have to keep our fairgrounds in good working condition, we have to teach our FFA and our 4-H, we have to keep them interested,” Vartorella said. “I want this to happen every year so we have to keep this up and keep great support here.”

The opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the Darke County Fair was followed by the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House where Michael Vartorella, Department of Agriculture chief inspector and director of fair operations, presented the Darke County Agricultural Society with a $50,000 grant check that will be used for a paving project.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/08/web1_RibbonCutting1.jpgThe opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the Darke County Fair was followed by the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House where Michael Vartorella, Department of Agriculture chief inspector and director of fair operations, presented the Darke County Agricultural Society with a $50,000 grant check that will be used for a paving project. Tesina Jackson | The Daily Advocate

Darke County Jr. Fair Queen Molly Hunt, left, stands next to Brian Rismiller, Darke County Agricultural Society president and Darke County Chamber of Commerce president Sharon Deschambdeau during the 160th Darke County Fair opening day ribbon cutting ceremony.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/08/web1_RibbonCutting2.jpgDarke County Jr. Fair Queen Molly Hunt, left, stands next to Brian Rismiller, Darke County Agricultural Society president and Darke County Chamber of Commerce president Sharon Deschambdeau during the 160th Darke County Fair opening day ribbon cutting ceremony. Tesina Jackson | The Daily Advocate

State Representative Jim Buchy was honored at the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House after the 160th Darke County Fair opening day ribbon cutting ceremony.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/08/web1_RibbonCutting3.jpgState Representative Jim Buchy was honored at the traditional breakfast at the Fairlawn Steak House after the 160th Darke County Fair opening day ribbon cutting ceremony. Christina Chalmers | The Daily Advocate
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to open the fair festivities

By Tesina Jackson

tjackson@aimmedianetwork.com

This writer may be reached at 937-569-4354. Join the conversation and get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

This writer may be reached at 937-569-4354. Join the conversation and get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.