Maybe it’s the pygmy goats, the tractor pulls, the quilts, or the pies and cakes that draw you there. Maybe it’s the cotton candy and the midway, or the demolition derby. The Clermont County Fair, celebrating Clermont’s agricultural heritage, truly has something for everyone. The fair kicks off with Preview Day on Sunday, July 20, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, and goes through July 26.
Commissioner Bob Proud will host "A Salute to Our Veterans, Our Troops and Their Families" at 6 p.m. July 20. Recent military recruits will be sworn in by retired Marine Col. Danny Bubp. Keynote speaker will be Joe Johnston, a Clermont County Veterans' Service commissioner who is also national commander of Disabled American Veterans. The ceremony will pay tribute to families of recruits and veterans, as well as Gold Star families, said Proud. "This is a way that we as a community can show our gratitude to those who have served, those who are serving and those who will serve," he said.
Representatives from Clermont’s Board of County Commissioners, including the Community and Economic Development Department, will staff a booth in the Commercial Building during the fair. The County Engineer, County Auditor, General Health District, Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the Mental Health and Recovery Board will also host individual booths.
Youth groups participating in the Junior Division of the fair include 4-H, Future Farmers of America, the Grange, American Heritage Girls, Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts. From 4-H alone, about 800 youth will participate in the fair, said Kelly Royalty, 4-H Youth Development Educator. “Youth can participate by exhibiting livestock which includes poultry, rabbits, swine, cattle, dairy cattle, goats, pygmy goats, dairy goats, lambs, horses and small animals,” she said. “4-H members can also exhibit projects which range from creative arts projects to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects.” 4-H kids start to work on their fair projects in March, she noted.
“It’s rewarding to see so many young people from Clermont County become engaged with the County Fair and participate in so many exhibits and competitions,” said David Uible, President of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners, whose daughter has belonged to 4-H for 12 years.
Other fair highlights will include a baby contest, a cheerleading competition, and various music acts. ”The County Fair offers a great week of entertainment for Clermont families, whether you prefer the agricultural exhibits, the food contests or the rides,” said Commissioner Ed Humphrey. Admission is $10, and includes rides. For a complete schedule and other details, go to wwww.clermontcountyfair.org.