Family fun at Fulton County Fair


This year marks the 159th annual Fulton County Fair

This year marks the 159th annual Fulton County Fair


Submitted photos

The combine derby returns to the Fulton County Fair this year.


Submitted photos

The walkways at the Fulton County Fair will again be filled with vendors.


Submitted photos

159th Fulton County Fair: Important Times:

Rides:

Friday, Sept. 2: 4 p.m. – Close

Saturday, Sept. 3: 11 a.m. – Close

Sunday, Sept. 4: Noon – Close

Monday, Sept. 5: 11 a.m. – Close

Tuesday, Sept. 6: 11 a.m. – Close (Special Ride prices from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 7: 4 p.m. – Close

Thursday, Sept. 8: 4 p.m. – Close

Merchant Buildings/Tents:

Friday, Sept. 2: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4: Noon – 10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: Noon – 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7: Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Noon – 10 p.m.

Exhibit Buildings:

Friday, Sept. 2: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4: Noon – 10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: Noon – 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7: Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Noon – 10 p.m.

Where can you take your entire family for good food, great fun and plenty of entertainment for everyone? Where can you see prize-winning animals, art, and record-breaking pumpkins? The same place you’ll be able to feast on a hearty ribeye sandwich while enjoying a cool, creamy milkshake – the 159th annual Fulton County Fair! With more than 100 food vendors and over 40,000 of those delicious milkshakes sold each year, it’s among the top three largest fair in Ohio and it runs from Friday, Sept. 2 through Thursday, Sept. 8.

Fulton County Fair organizers have a passion for getting families involved by keeping the tradition of the county fair alive and affordable. Since 1857, fairgoers of all ages have enjoyed the week-long celebration of life in Northwest Ohio. Popular attractions include the excitement of tractor and truck pulls and harness racing, a classic car display, corn hole and horseshoe contests, plus competitions and judging of livestock, floral and culinary entries, and a demolition derby that’s always a smashing hit!

And this year, the popular combine demolition derby returns. Contestants strip down old combines, while reinforcing the header for maximum punch. Combines are eliminated when the header is completely destroyed, or the vehicle is immobilized. A bone-rattling good time is had by all!

Thrill-seekers can ride the midway. History buffs can travel back through decades of agricultural history by way of the historical agricultural display with a focus this year on horse-drawn equipment. Those with a competitive drive can sign up for contests ranging from straw-loading to basketball-shooting.

A lineup of entertainment has been booked to appeal to a variety of fans, including classic rock, Christian music, and rock-and-roll oldies enthusiasts. On Monday, September 5, the Fair’s Labor Day Grandstand Show will feature Larry the Cable Guy, a popular stand-up comedian and actor.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Cheap Trick, will take the Fulton County Fair Grandstand Stage on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the 50s & 60s will come to life as the Van-Dells take the stage. Another free concert, popular with Fairgoers year-after-year, will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. as The Shades of Blue brings a unique version of Motown to the South Stage.

Heart-pounding, stand-shaking excitement envelopes the Grandstand beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 as the Fair’s NTPA-Sanctioned Tractor and Truck Pulls roar into action. It’s easy to see why the pulls have become a favorite of fairgoers, and draws pullers from across the nation. The wildly popular uproar of power continues Saturday, Sept. 3, with pickup truck pulling battles overtaking the Grandstand infield at 7 p.m.

The 2016 Fulton County Fair will include plenty of muscle-driven horsepower, as well. Equestrian events begin on Saturday, Sept. 3 with harness racing that includes Pari Mutuel Wagering at 12:30 p.m. and the Fulton County Saddle Club Speed Show at 5 p.m. The fun continues for horse lovers and buckaroos as the Michigan Miniature Horse Pulls hit the gate at 4 p.m. and the Bits & Harness Pony Pull begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4.

For 159 years, the Fulton County Fair has been known for offering plenty of free activities and entertainment. An interactive fire-fighting demonstration designed to educate children about fire safety and survival through hands-on activities is available Saturday through Tuesday during the Fair. Other free entertainment includes four days of a 6-Draft Horse Hitch team demonstration, Christian entertainment each day, a fascinating model train display, and free concerts on the South Stage every day of the Fair.

The Fulton County Fair draws exceptional Junior Fair projects and open class shows that feature animals of virtually every variety. If you’ve never milked a cow, the Fair is your chance to do so. Cow milking, butter carving and a costumed animal show are slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

Honoring designated groups with free admission, the Fair offers free admission to veterans and spouses on Saturday, Sept. 3 until 6 p.m. Veterans are invited to attend a free ham and bean dinner sponsored by the Fulton County United Veterans Association beginning at noon on Saturday. Tuesday, Sept. 6 is Junior Fair Day, and the day that all school children receive free admission until 6 p.m., plus discounted ride prices from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 is Senior Citizens’ Day, during which, Fairgoers ages 65 and older will be admitted at no charge until 6 p.m. In keeping with the Fair’s family focus, a comfortable and private area for mothers with young babies is designated in the Ag Organization Building, just north of the Township Building.

Regular gate admission to the Fulton County Fair is $5 per person and includes free parking. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Money-saving season tickets may be purchased for $15 prior to the Fair from 4-H and service clubs, at the Fair office, or at area businesses. Season tickets are available at the gate Friday and Saturday of Fair for $20.

Gate or free admission does not include ticketed shows. Persons who want information regarding Grandstand entertainment, should visit the Fair’s web site: fultoncountyfair.com or call 419-335-SHOW (7469).

The Fulton County Fair is among Ohio’s largest fairs and is considered a premier county fair, as it draws nationwide attention and world-renowned performers. More than a quarter-million fairgoers are expected again this year. The “Top of Ohio” Fulton County Fairgrounds, just north of Wauseon on State Route 108 at Turnpike Exit 34 is home to the family-friendly, fun-packed event.

This year marks the 159th annual Fulton County Fair
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/08/web1_Fair-Sign.jpgThis year marks the 159th annual Fulton County Fair Submitted photos

The combine derby returns to the Fulton County Fair this year.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/08/web1_Combine-Derby.jpgThe combine derby returns to the Fulton County Fair this year. Submitted photos

The walkways at the Fulton County Fair will again be filled with vendors.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/08/web1_Overhaed-fair.jpgThe walkways at the Fulton County Fair will again be filled with vendors. Submitted photos

159th Fulton County Fair: Important Times:

Rides:

Friday, Sept. 2: 4 p.m. – Close

Saturday, Sept. 3: 11 a.m. – Close

Sunday, Sept. 4: Noon – Close

Monday, Sept. 5: 11 a.m. – Close

Tuesday, Sept. 6: 11 a.m. – Close (Special Ride prices from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 7: 4 p.m. – Close

Thursday, Sept. 8: 4 p.m. – Close

Merchant Buildings/Tents:

Friday, Sept. 2: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4: Noon – 10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: Noon – 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7: Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Noon – 10 p.m.

Exhibit Buildings:

Friday, Sept. 2: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4: Noon – 10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: Noon – 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7: Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Noon – 10 p.m.