Friday, August 17, 2007


This is opening day for the 2007 Great Darke County Fair. The county’s first fair was held on September 7 and 8 in the year 1853. The location was the Garst farm just to the east of the Garst home (Museum).

In 1858, the location for the fair was moved southwest of Greenville near where the Brethren Home is today. Oakwood and Oak Streets actually follow part of what was then the harness racing track. In 1870, the fair moved again to its current location.

A novelty poster from the 1894 fair. The attached cord would indicate it was meant to be worn hanging from your neck.

This one is from the 1898 fair.

Since the beginning there have only been three years in which the fair was not held. In 1862 and 1863 there was no fair due to the Civil War. In 1949 it was canceled due to an epidemic of polio that was spreading through the county. RMB

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