Your Guide to the 172nd Butler County Fair

July 24—The 172nd Butler County Fair opened on Sunday and Doug Turner, chairman of the Butler County Fair Board, said it was the same fair visitors know and love, with some updates.

“This year we will have three demolition derbies taking place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a tractor pull on Sunday and Thursday and a race on Tuesday, Turner told the Journal-News.

Visitors can also enjoy different rides and try new dishes while enjoying the timeless energy of the fair.

“Every year they change the rides and put in new and different ones,” Turner said. “We also have a few new food vendors this year.”

Attendance at this year’s show is expected to be similar to previous years, with the exception of 2020 where the pandemic significantly hampered the event. To continue with pandemic safety, there will be more than 100 hand sanitizing stations on the fair grounds.

Each day of the week, the Farm Zone Agricultural Educational Fair will have a different theme featuring local organizations, such as the Butler County Agricultural Bureau, OSUE, Butler County and Soil Conservancy and of Butler County Water, with related presentations and interactive activities.

In addition, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Agricultural Service Agency, Butler County Agricultural Bureau, and various departments of OSU, Butler County will also have permanent booths. installed all week.

The Agricultural Zone Agricultural Educational Expo will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Today there is a cabbage contest, bee presentations and more. On Monday there are Hueston Woods presentations. Tuesday includes presentations on canning testing and sun and water safety.

Wednesday will feature flow adaptation activities and Thursday will feature 4-H/FCS cooking demonstrations. On Friday there will be a lamb tasting and on Saturday the presentations are “Gardening 101”.

Each day, the agricultural zone offers interactive activities in the central aisle and exhibits on a variety of subjects.

As with every Butler County fair, the grounds will host several nonprofit vendors and booths, games, rides and animals on display. Parking is free.


It will be very hot and humid when the Butler County Fair opens. Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 95 degrees with a low of 73 degrees.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected Monday with a high of 85 and a low of 68. Morning thunderstorms are expected on Tuesday, when the high is 84 degrees and the low is 68 degrees. Thunderstorms are also forecast for Wednesday and Thursday with highs also in the 80s to 80s both days.


The Journal-News will be present every day on the fairgrounds to provide our readers with coverage of the activities. Visit for photo galleries, videos and articles.



What: Butler County Fair 2022

When: Today until Saturday

Where: Butler County Fairgrounds on Fair Avenue in Hamilton

Cost: $9 for adults, $4 for children with a paying adult

Other: Seniors and veterans get in free on Wednesday

Online: and



11:30 a.m. Garden tractor draw

5 p.m. Draw of an antique tractor


7 p.m. Demolition Derby


7:00 p.m. Broken Horn Rodeo


7 p.m. Demolition Derby


7:00 p.m. Darke Co. Tractor Pullers Association Tractor & Truck Pull


7 p.m. Demolition Derby

Note: Grandstand events may charge higher admission fees than regular lounge admission.


7-10 p.m. Saturday, Country Concert in the Stands featuring Ryan Broshear with special guest Justin Back

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