Fair Decision Date Set

The Hardin County Fair is still on schedule for September 8th – 13th. While we are all facing many uncertainties, our team is optimistic and continuing to prepare and plan. The safety and well-being of our guests, exhibits, exhibitors, partners, and community comes first, so we are closely following the directives of local and national health agencies.

We will make an informed decision about whether or not to hold the fair as scheduled, based on what’s in the best interest of public health, on or before August 5th, 2020. 

“The Hardin County Fair is our community’s premier event each year,” said Corey Ledley, Hardin County Fair Board President. “We are committed to making an informed decision that is the best-case scenario for our community.”

We are grateful for the community’s patience and support as we move through these unprecedented times together.

Arts & Crafts Building Help Needed

The Hardin County Fair Arts & Crafts department is seeking volunteers be building ambassadors. Volunteers will be asked to engage with building guests, and ensure that all exhibits and entires are safe and remain in their display cases.

Open shifts are:

  • Friday, September 6th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Friday, September 6th 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, September 7th 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Saturday, September 7th 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Interested individuals can reach out to Lori Wilson at (567) 674-0341.

Society Prepares for August Meeting

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guests
  3. Correspondence
  4. Minutes of last meeting
  5. Financial Reports
  6. Bills to Approve
  7. Committee Reports:
    • Executive Committee
    • Strategic Planning
    • Grounds Committee
    • Camping Committee
    • Entertainment Committee
    • Livestock Committees
    • Rides and Concessions
    • JR Fair Board Report
    • Advertising/Sponsorship/Tech Committees
    • Other Committees
  8. Old Business
  9. New Business

Next regular board meeting is Wednesday, August 28 at 7pm in the Community Building.

Fair Tickets On Sale In Community

Hardin County Fair season tickets will go on sale all over the county next week.  This $20 ticket allows one adult and that person’s school age children accompanied by the person free admission to the fair each day of the fair.  The ticket will be punched at the gate and a hand stamp is required for reentry the same day.  School age means until high school graduation.

$8 youth season tickets are available at the fair office, as a convenience to those who purchase a season or membership ticket for older children, who may come without their parent.  Students can still come in free with a parent with a season/membership ticket.

The difference between a season and a membership ticket is that a membership ticket allows a member to vote for directors or run for director.  Membership tickets can only be purchased in the Fair Office.  A season ticket can be exchanged for a membership ticket in the Fair Office.  Fair Office hours begin Monday, August 5th.  The office will be open through the fair Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. 

Regular one day gate admission will be $8 for those ages 9 & over. This price does not include rides.  Daily rides are as follows:  Wristbands for unlimited rides – all day rides – $12.

Season tickets are available at retail stores and banking institutions all over Hardin County.

Kenton & Surrounding Area

  •  Ace Hardware
  • Roger’s Nationwide Insurance Agency
  • Skinny’s
  • Hardin County Council on Aging
  • Kenton Times
  • Diamond M Vet Clinic
  • Mid Ohio Energy Co-Op
  • Tice Construction
  • Heritage Co-Op Agronomy
  • Jumpin’ Jim’s Marathon
  • Triony Hair Salon
  • Root Lumber
  • Heritage Elevator
  • Liberty National Bank
  • Community First Bank
  • Home Savings and Loan
  • Huntington Bank
  • Superior Credit Union
  • Both Kenton Quest Federal Credit Union Locations
  • Pfeiffer Station General Store
  • Hepburn Feed and Grain

Mount Victory & Ridgeway

  • Mt. Victory State Bank
  • Mt. Victory Mini Mart
  • Plaza Inn Restaurant
  • Mini Mart

Alger & McGuffey

  • Alger Carry Out
  • Alger Freeze
  • Foraker Elevator
  • Silver Creek Supply
  • Ram’s Roost


  • Liberty National Bank
  • Quest Federal Credit Union
  • Ferguson Insurance Agency
  • 302 Carryout
  • 4 Season’s Drive-Thru


  • Community 1st Bank
  • Land Tech
  • Martin’s Meat Mart


Bank in Dunkirk selling tickets:  First Citizen’s National Bank.

Meet the 2019 fair honorees: Gary and Patti Casteel

Gary and Patti Casteel

The Hardin County Agricultural Society would like to honor Gary & Patti Casteel for their many years of service to the Hardin County Fair. In the early 1970’s Gary worked after hours from his day time job at United Rural Electric with setting poles and re-wiring jobs at the Fairgrounds. Gary started helping out with electrical work in May of 2007. Some of the major projects he assisted with were changing all of the outdoor lighting over to LED lighting and upgrading all of the electrical wiring in the merchant’s building. Patti has been mowing the fairgrounds and helping take care of the flowers on the grounds for many years.

Gary was a member of the Dunkirk Fire Department for 40 years and was their fire chief for 15 of those years. He worked for United Rural Electric (now Mid-Ohio Energy) for 34 years. Patti worked at Hardin Memorial Hospital as a surgery technician for 15 years and also drove a van for the Senior Citizen’s Center. In November of 2003 Gary and Patti sold their home in Dunkirk and in May of 2004 they started traveling full time in their R.V. They have visited every state in the United States, except Hawaii over the years. They say they have the best of both worlds by spending summers at the fairgrounds and winters in Apache Junction Arizona.

Gary and Patti have 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

New Weight Limit for Dairy Beef Feeder Weigh In

The Hardin County Fair Dairy Beef committee has introduced a new rule for dairy beef feeder exhibitors. According to the committee, to prevent having a maximum weight limit at the fair, a 350-pound weight limit will be enforced at the weigh in on Saturday, May 25th from 8:00 am to 10:30 am.

Fair veterinarians from Diamond M Veterinary Clinic will be at the weigh-in to administer the mandatory vaccines. They will also be providing castration and dehorning services.