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Darke County fair board talks ticket sales, dog barn

The Darke County Fair Board held a regular meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the recent 166th Darke County Fair.

Director of Darke County Solid Waste Krista Fourman told the board in a report that there was 6.36 tons recycled at the 2022 fair. In 2021, there was 5.36 tons of waste recycled and at the scaled down fair in 2020, there was just .69 tons recycled.

Regarding construction of the dog barn, fair board director Jim Zumbrink said that they plan to meet with the third contractor regarding the barn next week. However, they have not settled on a location as of yet.

“For all the naysayers out there, this is where we are on our building,” he said. “We’ve got the third contractor, he was in the hospital the last time we talked. Hopefully in the next week we will meet with him.”

Fair board treasurer Thomas Shaw requested a motion for the fair to sign with Variety Attractions for the 2023 fair concert talent with the contract not to exceed $150,000. The motion passed. The fair has worked with Variety for the past four to five years.

This year’s general admission tickets sales were $61,082. In 2021, sales were $43,191, with the total sales up $17,891.

During the director reports, director Dudley Lipps said he received a lot of great comments about the fair. 

He added that he thought this year’s harness racing program was one of the best the fair has ever had. The fair board will be having a special meeting regarding harness racing on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The Darke County Fair Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the fair board meeting room across from the fair office.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at

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