|Van Wert County Fair Board preparing for 157th edition|
|Sunday, June 01, 2014 8:00 PM|
VAN WERT – Grandstand improvements, a new waterline, a new poultry barn and a new rabbit barn are just a few items to look out for at the Van Wert County 2014 Fair. Less than a hundred days remain before the 158th edition of the traditional event and the Fair Board is announcing some new features for this year’s fair.
“Another first to look forward to this year is the incorporation of the Hot Air Festival into the activities,” Fair Board Director and Grandstand Concerts Chair Ann Marshall said. “Saturday night of the fair (Aug. 30) will offer the Family Night Triple Play with a calf scramble, country music duo Emerald Blue from Nashville, Tennessee, and the Hot Air Balloon Glow.”
Speed Chairman Mike Poling noted that “Van Wert County Fair is still the only county fair in the state of Ohio to offer thoroughbred and quarter horse races” and this year the thoroughbreds will begin at a new start time — noon Sept. 1.
One thing that is not new this year is the ticket prices. Entry into the gate will remain $5 with season tickets the same $18 they were last year.
The Fair Board welcomed a new member at its May 21 meeting. Van Wert Economic Development Director Sarah Smith was moved up from auxiliary member to a more official role. She was named to represent Pleasant Township on the board, replacing Terry Childs, who resigned from the board in April.
“Sarah had come to meetings to offer help with grants as well as sponsorship for events and ideas like the energy expo that will be introduced at this year’s fair,” said Fair Board Treasurer Kyle Gehres. “We had asked her to be an auxiliary member so when the director position for her township became available the decision was easy. The skills and ideas that Sarah brings with business, marketing and development will only help make the fair better.”