Delaware County fair to include shows, races and music

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The 175th annual Delaware County Fair Sept. 13-20 will offer an entertainment schedule appealing to people of all interests.

In addition to the Little Brown Jug, this year's jam-packed fair schedule also offers a variety of shows, races, musical performances, contests and traditional fair rides.

Fair board president Kent Hastings said, "The theme this year is 'something for everyone.' We are concentrating on finding something for all our fairgoers. For instance, the opening day we get a lot of kids, so we get acts that appeal to them."

A Sept. 13 highlight will be a 5 p.m. "tailgate party" on Pavilion Hill, the same night as the Ohio State University-University of Southern California football game.

Dinner will be catered by Hoggy's and musical entertainment will be by Vinntage, a rock and roll band. Admission is $25 a person and all proceeds (including proceeds from a live and silent auction) will benefit the Junior Fair Scholarship Program.

Throughout the fair, clowns, magicians and jugglers will travel around the fairgrounds to entertain the crowds.

"We find that the kids really enjoy that," Hastings said. "In addition for the kids, we've got the farm tent where they can see the small farm animals and sometimes pet them. There will also be animals in the junior fair buildings through Wednesday."

Admission will be $20 on Thursday, Little Brown Jug Day, for both the fair and the race. The first heat will begin at 3 p.m.

Reserved, grandstand and stadium seats are available.

"Many people bring their long chairs and set up around the track. There is plenty of seating and lots of room to sit," Hastings said.

Theme days will include:

• Saturday, Sept.13 (Opening Day): pedal tractor pull, grand opening ceremony, Delaware Tae Kwon Do, Optimist Club cheerleaders, school bus races and Sound Connection.

• Sunday, Sept. 14 (Family Day): The Wings of Grace Church Service, Budweiser Clydesdales, harness racing, Ohio Heartland Sweet Adeline chorus, variety show, the Buckeye Valley Alumni Band, demolition derby, Grassahol (Bluegrass) and Loosely Strung (Bluegrass), along with "Rockin' on the Hill" featuring country-rock-blues bands Double Barrel, The Country Sunshine Band and Barrel House Blues Band.

• Monday, Sept. 15 (Kids Day): harness racing, Clowns on Call, Joe Lyons Magic, Delaware Tae Kwon Do, Christy Angeletti Band (Country) and school bus races.

• Tuesday, Sept. 16 (Senior Day): Meet the authors presented by the Delaware County District Library, Diverse Reflections by Karen Piper (local trio band), harness racing, rough truck and tug of war, and Teachr'z Pet (band with three local teachers).

• Wednesday, Sept. 17 (Jugette Day): Mayor's Breakfast, Budweiser Clydesdales, pre-Jug party auction, Tom Marshall jam session and motocross.

• Thursday, Sept. 18 (Little Brown Jug Day): Kettering Banjo Society, 63rd annual Little Brown Jug, Budweiser Clydesdales.

• Friday, Sept. 19 (Divas and Dudes): corn hole contest, Delaware Divas & Dudes Finals (singing competition) and demolition derby.

• Saturday, Sept. 20 (bicentennial celebrations): Corn hole contest, chili cook-off, horseshoe tournament-singles and doubles, car cruise-in show, Stars of Ohio martial art expo, motorcycle poker run, Budweiser Clydesdales, truck-tractor pull and music by rock bands Station Break, Gas Pump Jockeys and Phil Dirt and the Dozers. In addition, there will be a first-ever presentation of fireworks at 9 p.m.

Admission to the fair is $5; children 12 and under get in free. An all-day ride pass is $15 and a half day pass is $12 (for either 11a.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Most entertainment events are free. For some events there are added fees for priority seating. A week-long fair pass is $30. See