The Holmes County Fair takes place for 6 days each summer. The 2014 Fair marks the 91st year of presenting one of the most family-friendly and affordable entertainment experiences of the area's summer season. We look forward to another sucessful fair, and we are very excited as we move forward with the relocation project. Hopefully the 2015 fair will be in our new location at "Harvest Ridge".
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* PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD:
We have scheduled a community clean-up day at the fairgrounds for Saturday, July 12, beginning at 9AM. The fair board could use any and all help for a few hours. Over the last week fair board members have invested approximately 150 man hours removing mud and debris from the roadways, cleaning the 4H building and the hog barn, as well as the restrooms and offices. All roadways are graded, and in good shape. Remaining tasks for the work day include removing debris from fence rows and the parking lots. Additionally, we will be working on clean-up of the show barn, FFA building, stage area and grandstand. Everyone is asked to wear boots and bring work gloves. Scoop shovels, garden and leaf rakes would be helpful.
Again, please help spread the word about this clean-up, and we thank you in advance for your assistance. With less than four weeks to the start of the fair, we want to get the grounds back into shape. In the event of inclement weather, please listen to WKLM. You can also follow updates on the Holmes County Fair Facebook page.
*Harvest Ridge Press Release 03-14-2014
The Holmes County Agricultural Society is pleased to make two announcements regarding the Harvest Ridge complex that will annually host the county fair. First, the show arena building will receive $500,000 in funding from the biennial capital budget that will be considered by the Ohio House and Senate in the coming weeks. State Representative Dave Hall was aggressive and effective in advocating for this project as he is confident it will have a positive impact on the Holmes County community and economy for decades to come. Being the chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Representative Hall particularly appreciates how this building will be used throughout the year to host a variety of livestock shows and other agriculture-related events. During the week of the county fair, the show arena will be used for the various livestock shows and for the livestock sale held on Thursday and Friday during the fair. Preliminary plans are to construct a 36,000 square feet multi-purpose facility which will be highly versatile so that it can be used not only for livestock and agriculture-related events but also to supplement the adjacent exhibit hall. The society is very appreciative of Representative Hall's efforts of bringing home the largest single appropriation from the state's capital budget in Holmes County history. Society president, Kerry Taylor, stated, "This funding is a huge boost toward moving the project forward in a timely manner and we are grateful for Dave's hard work to secure these much needed funds."
The second announcement is that after a long-brutal winter, Fechko Excavating has moved in their heavy equipment to begin the excavation of the Harvest Ridge grounds. They will immediately start moving the 450,000 cubic yards of dirt necessary to transform the Harvest Ridge property into the ideal setting to host commercial and agricultural events throughout the year including the county fair. Excavation is expected to last until mid-summer immediately followed by utility and infrastructure installation.
With the addition of the $500,000 in capital budget funding, the Harvest Ridge project has accumulated over $4.2 million in cash, in-kind pledges and grants. Fundraising continues, with a goal to collect an additional $1 million in new cash and pledges by July so that the excavation phase can be completed, thus allowing additional phases which include time sensitive grants to be completed without interruption.
For more information, please contact Tom Wilke at 330-763-2954 or Kerry Taylor at 330-674-3806.
* Fair Dates Announced - August 4 - 9th, 2014
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The Holmes County Fair are located just west of Millersburg on State Route 39. Millersburg Ohio is located in the heart of the largest Amish population, making your visit to the Holmes County Fair a unique and enjoyable experience.