Next week will be the end of an era in Dayton. The 165th Annual Montgomery County Fair will be historic, because it marks the last time the event will take place on 1043 South Main Street.
For multiple generations, the Montgomery County Fairgrounds has hosted this event. That all ends next Saturday July 15th. So one last time, smell the funnel cakes and listen to the kids on the ferris wheel at the corner of main street. But cheer up, this is one heck of a place for a Food Adventure. So… Corn Dog lovers unite, this is your type of festival. Farmers, carnival rides and special events will fill an action packed week.
FIRST FAIR HOSTED IN 1874
After Dayton failed to win a bid for the Ohio State Fair, the City decided to put on their own fair. Dubbed the “Southern Ohio Fair,” the event started September 29th, 1874 at the place we all know as the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds’ saw over 100,000 vistors that week.
Now for this year’s event ….
FAMOUS VISITORS to the MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR:
President Lyndon B Johnson in 1966, with First Lady – Ladybird Johnson
HERE’S THE SKINNY on THE 2017 MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR:
— WHEN: Monday July 10th thru Saturday July 15 (8am- 10pm, except Monday ends 8pm)
— WHERE: 1043 South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45409 (It is on South Main between Stewart and Apple Streets).
— COST: $8 per person, ages 6 and under are free, but the really BIG NEWS is FREE ADMISSION from 11am – 1pm Monday – Friday so you can eat lunch every day at the fair! Also DMM has a $2 off coupon good on Thursday – just print and present at gate!
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— WHAT: There will be swine, and horse races. There are pie and cake auctions. The fair even has live bands, sheep judging and goat judging! Rabbits, poultry, kiddie tractor pulls, a demolition derby, garden club and the list goes on and on.
— FULL SCHEDULE: For a list of EVERYTHING going on and to find what tickles your fancy, click on the link below.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENT
So what is happening in 2017’s fair? You know the usual, livestock contests, pie contests, and 4-H activities. But we like to point out some of the favorites we are anticipating. Horse races and Demolition Derby to name a couple!
HERE IS THE SKINNY on THE BIG EVENTS:
MONDAY – JULY 10th
—7:00pm 501 Diesel Dirt Drags – at the Grandstands
TUESDAY – JULY 11TH
—7:00pm TUG-A-TRUCK, at the Grandstands
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12TH
—7:00pm Truck/Tractor Pull, at the Grandstands
THURSDAY – JULY 13TH
—6:00pm Harness Racing, at the Grandstands
—7:00pm Live Music/Band “Shelby County Line,” in the Entertainment Tent
FRIDAY – JULY 14TH
—7:00pm Live Music/Band “Rolling Stone Rodeo, at the Grandstands”
—7:00pm Live Music/Band “Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers,” in the Entertainment Tent
SATURDAY – JULY 15TH
7:00pm: Demolition Derby at the Grandstands
This is a food blog. we would be remiss if we didnt give you our often imitated, but never duplicated “Must Eats.”
MUST EATS at the MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR:
— THE ASIAN CHICKEN WINGS at DAVE’S CONCESSIONS:
You can’t miss the huge “Broasted Chicken and Broasted Potatoes” sign that drapes this
amazing booth. Also, a huge grill teases the crowd with incredible aromas of chicken cooking. But the thing to get here is the Chicken Wings. Deep fried, served whole and drenched in any sauce you can’t go wrong. Our suggestion is get the Asian Sauce.
— THE DONUT GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH at THE GOURMET GRILLED CHEESE BOOTH:
A glazed donut with cheese, pan grilled and with pickles and tomatoes. It is sweet and a tad salty, but surprisingly good! This kind of stuff is what Food Adventures is all about. No rules, no whiners.
— THE BLACKBERRY COBBLER from JEAN’S HOME COOKING:
Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this literally made our day. It was like being
transported to your grandma’s house and the cobbler had just come out of the oven. Get lost in this dish, and take in the taste. The warm cobbler and the sun, melt the ice cream slowly for a creamy experience. We promise you will be impressed.
— THE HUGE SWEET TEA’S:
It is gonna be warm and humid, and nothing zaps that like an ice cold sweet tea. They have a 99 cent size and a huge ass mega size. Get the biggest one they have … you will kneel with thanks for this
day saving item.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the event and say farewell to the memories in your own way. Go ahead, party like its 1899.
In 2018 the fair will move to Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Twp. Go area and out it on your calendar for July 9-14, 2018.
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