The Montgomery County Fair begins July 8. CONTRIBUTED

Montgomery County Fair will feature more participants, improvements

The 2019 Montgomery County Fair will be just the second in the new home for the fairgrounds, but organizers expect more participants and more new features.

The fair will be held from Monday, July 8, through Sunday, July 14, at the 645 Infirmary Road grounds.

The move to Jefferson Twp. came after 166 years in Dayton.

Nearly 27,000 people attended the fair last year, which was an increase of about 13,000 from 2017, according to the Montgomery County Agricultural Society.

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Since the 2018 Montgomery County Fair, the new location has added some upgrades as July 8 approaches.

“We will be adding handicap doors to our restrooms and some of our exit doors. We will also have some paved walkways that we didn’t have last year,” said Montgomery County Fair Director Greg Wallace.

There will be even more food and commercial vendors this year as well, according to officials.

A new grandstand event also is planned.

The fairgrounds escaped the damage caused by the Memorial Day tornadoes, and organizers said the storms haven’t affected the amount of 4-H members who will be competing at this year’s fair.

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“There will be more 4-H members this year than there were last year,” explained Montgomery County Farm Bureau Trustee John Yancik. “The tornadoes did not affect us and there will definitely not be a decrease in 4-H participants because of it.”

Wallace said that in addition to traditional events, a Skid Steer Rodeo is planned for the grandstand.

“This will be in addition to our typical tractor pulls and demo derby,” said Wallace.

According to Apple Farm Service Inc., in a Skid Steer Rodeo, contestants hop into a brand-new skid steer machine and complete a series of obstacles. The operator with the fastest time will walk away with a cash prize of up to $500.

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There is a $10 entry fee to compete and you can register at AppleFarmService.com/Rodeo.

Gate admission to the fair is $10/person with children ages 6 and younger free with a paying adult. The price includes all grandstand events and shows. The fair will offer $20 all-day wristbands for sale. All rides open at 1 p.m. daily.

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