Most youth in Northwest Ohio experience a day at the local county fair, and in their lifetime return with their own families to enjoy fair food, rides, grandstand events such as harness racing, musical entertainment, tractor pulls, and the midway games, all at an affordable price.
At the Henry County Fair in Napoleon, Ohio, held August 13 through 19 this year, the Junior Fair is always highlighted with displays and projects presented by the county’s teenagers and 4-H clubs. Participating youth are rewarded by experienced judges, and project livestock is sold at top prices.
Northwest Ohio County Fairs Schedule
Gearing up in Northwest Ohio for Labor Day Weekend is Wauseon’s Fulton County Fair held at the county fairgrounds at 8514 State Route 108, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. Information about the fair’s programs may be obtained by calling (419) 335-6006.
Also annually scheduled for late August/early September are the Hancock County Fair and the Williams County Fair:
Hancock County Fair, county fairgrounds, 1017 East Sandusky Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840, (419) 429-7344.
Williams County Fair, county fairgrounds, 619 East Main Street, Montpelier, Ohio 43543, (419) 485-3755.
Other fairs held each year in Northwest Ohio include:
Defiance County Fair (August), county fairgrounds at 530 South Main Street, Hicksville, Ohio 43526, (419) 542-7575.
Lucas County Fair (July/August), county fairgrounds at 1406 Key Street, Maumee, Ohio 43537, (419) 893-2127.
Paulding County Fair (June/July), county fairgrounds at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding, Ohio 45879, (419) 299-2961.
Putnam County Fair (June), county fairgrounds at 1490 East Second Street, Ottawa, Ohio 45875, (419) 523-4628.
Wood County Fair (July/August), county fairgrounds at 13800 West Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio, (419) 352-0441.
Winners at The Henry County Fair
A Cheerleading competition at the grandstand is a popular annual event of the Henry County Fair. Napoleon won in the Large Varsity and Junior Varsity categories, while Holgate captured victories in the Small Varsity and Junior High events, and Patrick Henry High School went home with the Spirit award hardware.
Adults may also compete in different categories at the fair. Best of Show this year in needlework included:
(Quilts) Jackie Ripke; (Afghans) Joan Waisner; (Comforters/Throws) Lisa Coffman; (Accessories) Margaret Mahlman; (Pillows) Coffman; (Linens) Mahlman; (Machine Sewing) Coffman; (Infants) Rhonda Nagel; (Wall Hangings) Wanda Badenhop; (Framed Pictures) Judy Arps; (Gifts or Toys) Coffman; (Holiday Item) Robin Desgranges; (Children 12 and Under) Kate Casteel; (Special Quilt Block) Badenhop.
Livestock Sales and Auction Winners
The Henry County Fair annually concludes its livestock judging with an auction that rewards the youth who have worked with animal projects throughout the summer.
Top Auction Winners this year included the following:
Grand Champion Market Steer at $2,700 — Mackenzie Meyer — purchased by Sauder Manufacturing Company.
Reserve Champion Beef Steer at $2,675 — Jordan Fisher — sold to Davis Farm Services and Grelton Elevator.
Grand Champion Dairy Beef Steer at $2,200 — Ethan Pahl — purchased by Ag Credit Systems Inc. and Advantage Power Coating.
Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Beef Steer — Lynnsey Maassel — purchased by Culligan Bottled Water and Maumee Valley Bottlers.
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