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Tuesday, August 06, 2013 12:06 AM


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LIMA — The Allen County Fair is set to celebrate its 163rd year with the gates opening Aug. 16 and running through Aug. 24.

Allen County Fair Manager David F. Grimm, CFE — an Ohio native who grew up in Port Clinton — said that even though this is his first year presiding over the Allen County Fair, he has had 25 years experience managing private fairs in Burlington, Vermont.

“It’s been a change working for a public fair,” he detailed. “There are many similarities.”

Grimm said that there is a lot of new entertainment coming to the fair this year.


“The all new teen ?show features Austin Mahone and Bridgit Mendler,” Grimm said with excitement. “Thompson Square, who just had a No. 1 Top 40 hit on the charts will also be performing.”


On Aug. 17, Austin Mahone and Bridgit Mendler will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Grandstand. Tickets are priced at $43 and $39 and include all service charges.

On Aug. 18, Josh Turner and Thompson Square will be in concert at 8 p.m. in the Grandstand. All tickets are reserved, tickets are $40 for AAA section, $37 for Track section, and $33 for Bleacher or Grandstand seating; tickets prices include all service charges.

There will be three brand new grounds attractions including Tiger Talks, an entertaining and educational look at eight Bengal tigers; The Flying Pages, a family high wire act; and The Dazzling Mills Family, a group of three talented jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats from Marion.

Grimm said they have also freshened up and increased the musical talent this year. Performing on the Plaza Stage will be Nashville Crush, Appalachian Trail, Fisch Styx and Hypnotix.

“There will also be an Allen County Historical Society and Museum booth,” Grimm said.

The new show arena fans, which were donated by Delphos and Lima businesses, will cool the animals and the spectators during the shows.

“I’m very impressed with how benevolent people are and willing to give from the heart to improve the fairgrounds,” Grimm said.

The fair board also took a look at some electrical improvements, per the suggestions of the patrons.

“We have new lighting off the SR 309 entrance,” Grimm detailed. “We’ve also added lighting at four north commercial buildings.”

Many of the same events will be back this year, including the Kewpee Showcase of Bands, Wrestling, Wood Carving, Demolition Derby, Cheerleading Competition, Antique Tractor Pull, Harness Racing, Truck Tug, Baton/Flag Corp Competition and the Truck, Tractor & Semi Sled Pull.

“We’ll have over 30 rides at the carnival,” Grimm added.

Admission prices are free for kids 8 years and younger and $7 for all others attending.

“The Allen County Fair is the best entertainment bargain,” Grimm said proudly. “A family of four can spend all day at the fair — including food — for $50 or $60.”

There are deals on rides for the kids through the week during the afternoons. With "Moonlight Madness" kids can ride from 6 p.m. to midnight for $20 each.

Concert tickets are on sale at the fairgrounds box-office or may be purchased online at, or by calling 419-228-7141.

Gate admission tickets can be purchased when buying concert tickets, making it faster to enter the fair on concert night.

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 06, 2013 7:15 PM

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