July 1, 2016

County Fair opens July 24; Rodney Atkins to headline on July 26

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Cloverbud Parade, 2015

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 1, 2016) – Country music star Rodney Atkins will headline the entertainment lineup at this year’s Clermont County Fair, which will be held July 24-30 at the county fairgrounds in Owensville.

Atkins will perform at 8 p.m. on July 26 at the grandstand. He will be preceded by Nashville recording artists Sam Tate and the Dan Varner Band.

“We really wanted to focus on entertainment at the fair this year,” said Fair Board President Dan Hodges. “We wanted to bring in bigger-name acts, and Rodney Atkins, who’s had several No. 1 hits on the country music charts, is just the kind of act we were looking for.”

The fair will kick off Sunday, July 24, with a parade in Owensville at 1 p.m.; Royalty Competition at 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building; and the Veterans Recognition Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building. Admission is free on Sunday.

Fair hours are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $10 per person, which includes rides.  Wednesday, July 27, is Senior Citizens Day, and admission is $3 for those 60 and older. A complete fair schedule can be found on the fair’s website.

Junior Fair numbers are strong this year, says Kelly Royalty, County Director of the OSU Extension. Almost 900 4-H members are entering more than 2,400 projects for the Fair. Goat projects – at 399 – lead the categories.

Hodges said members of the Fair Board have been working hard in the past year to make improvements to the buildings and grounds. Among the changes are new metal siding and electric at the Junior Fair Office; new siding at the Gibbons Show Arena; upgrades to LED lighting fixtures; new landscaping, and finishing touches to the Lykins Family Pavilion, which opened last year.

“Our Fair Board is not afraid to get together and do the work necessary to continue the heritage of the fair and make sure the future of the fair is strong,” Hodges said. “We have held work weekends, when we worked together on several projects – all done through volunteers!  I hope the community sees a difference in the grounds and buildings.

“We are focusing our attention to making the fair bigger each year with something new for fairgoers,” Hodges added. “We’re also working on obtaining grants and partnering with sponsors to get a new livestock arena and replace some of the existing barns.

“Come to the fair and hear the music, see the magic, the lumberjacks, and the petting zoo,” he added. “We truly have attractions for all ages.”

About 50,000 people attended last year’s fair.

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For more information, contact Dan Hodges, 513-515-1927; ccas1846@zoomtown.com.