In attendance to help cut the ribbon were local, county, state and federal officials (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Great Darke County Fair opens with ribbon cutting

GREENVILLE—The 166th Great Darke county Fair has officially started. The annual ribbon cutting ceremony held Friday morning signified the start of the event.

The fair expects to host between 180,000 and 190,000 visitors during its nine days. Depending on weather and other factors, the fairgrounds could see as many as 200,000 visitors.

In attendance to help cut the ribbon were local, county, state and federal officials, along with the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.

Ohio Rep. Warren Davidson said he always loves to come to The Great Darke County Fair.

“The whole community loves it, people come from all over to experience this,” he said. “This is really probably the iconic Ohio fair, so when you think of anything about a county fair, this is the embodiment of it: food, kids showing their animals or projects they’ve done, people who have traditions here.”

The first Great Darke County Fair was held for two days, in September 1853 on the grounds of the Garst Museum. In 1870, the the fair moved it to its current site on Sweitzer Street.

The fair is a long-standing tradition that unites natives of the county far and wide.

State Senator Stephen Huffman said it was wonderful to be with the community at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“This is a tradition like no other in Southwest Ohio, or even Ohio,” he said. “It brings all the community, the children, and the agricultural, which is the biggest industry in the state of Ohio.”

The Great Darke County Fair is located at 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Ohio 45331. It starts Friday, August 19, 2022 at 8 a.m. and closes for the year on August 27, 2022 at midnight.

For more information, go to For the fair schedule, go to or see the button titled “fair schedule 2022” above.

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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