Warren County Fair resumes this week without carnival rides, games

Tori Kenline, left, and Emily Fox, both of Lebanon, spent part of Friday spreading straw through out a pen for dairy cattle in preparation for the 4-H Junior Fair at the Warren County Fair. They said the animals would be arriving in their pen on today July 17.  The Warren County Fair will begin Monday in Lebanon.  ED RICHTER/STAFF
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Tori Kenline, left, and Emily Fox, both of Lebanon, spent part of Friday spreading straw through out a pen for dairy cattle in preparation for the 4-H Junior Fair at the Warren County Fair. They said the animals would be arriving in their pen on today July 17. The Warren County Fair will begin Monday in Lebanon. ED RICHTER/STAFF

After pausing for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors to the 170th Warren County Fair will see some big changes when it opens this week but organizers say the event will continue to be family focused.

With Kings Island located nearby in Warren County, Fair Secretary Becky Osborne said it was decided to drop the carnival rides and games from the county fair this year.

“We’ll have a good, old-fashioned county fair with lots of activities for families,” she said. “We’re excited to have people back on the grounds this year.”

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The fair will run from today through Saturday. It will have a number of events, Osborne said, as well as plenty of fair food for visitors. That includes a new kids activities building, Kiddie Tractor Pull and Kiddie Drag Racing.

The 2021 fair will also feature a full Junior Fair schedule of livestock shows and sales, horse shows and youth general project exhibits. There will be evening track entertainment and the Animal & Me show, the Little Miss & Mister competition and the Veterans Day Program returns for 2021.

The fair will also feature two programs of Harness Racing on Monday, and the KOI Drag Racing of ATVs on Wednesday and trucks on Thursday.

Osborne said the event center will be open for visitors to relax in the air conditioning while checking out the general project displays and open class exhibits. The beer garden will be open from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Live music will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and a car cruise-in is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. A veterans program will be held on Tuesday, and a Faith and Family program with contemporary Christian music will be on Friday.

The junior fair livestock auction will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday.

More than 300 youth showed and sold their market livestock at the 2020 Warren County Fair, which was closed to all except the Junior Fair. The 2020 Junior Fair auction totaled more than $600,000 in sales.

The Junior Fair includes about 900 4-H members that have submitted project entries this year, Osborne said, and about 300 entries will be judged in the Senior Fair.

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The 2021 Fair will again have a walk-in gate located near the event center. Public parking is in front of the event center and in the lot to the south. There is also a gate near the horse show arena or rabbit/poultry barns.

Admission for visitors ages 9 and up is $5; children 8 and younger are free. Parking is included in admission.

A membership or season ticket costs $30 each and allows unlimited admission throughout the week of the Warren County Fair and supports all fair programming. Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Fair Office until Tuesday.

More fair information is available at www.warrencountyfairohio.org