July 27, 2016

These kids are fans of Clermont County

We’ve had such a great time at the 2016 Clermont County Fair this week (July 24-30), making our booth into a quasi-photo booth. A lot of parents have let us take pictures of their kids. Thank you, parents! We appreciate it! You can find most of the photos on our Facebook page.

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Landon and Claire Plunkett of Loveland

Erica Moore.Amelia

Erica Moore of Amelia


Abby, Audrey, Olivia, and Grant — looking feisty!



July 12, 2016

Annual Salute to Veterans & Troops to feature Rep. Wenstrup, WW II veteran

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 12, 2016) – The annual Salute to Veterans, Troops and Their Families, one of the kickoff events for the Clermont County Fair, will take place at 6:30 p.m.  Sunday, July 24, in the Multipurpose Building at the Fairgrounds.

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, will perform a ceremonial swearing-in of Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force recruits from Clermont County. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Charlie Bailey, 94, of Owensville. “Mr. Bailey served in World War II as a combat engineer in the Army,” said Commissioner Bob Proud, who organizes the event. “He received five Bronze Stars for heroic achievements during that war. This is very rare, and we are honored to have Mr. Bailey appear during the Salute.”

The Salute will also feature comments from Sheriff A.J. ‘Tim’ Rodenberg, who served as an officer in the Marines, and will retire from the Sheriff’s Office at the end of 2016. “So many of our law enforcement officials are also veterans,” noted Commissioner Proud. “This gives us the opportunity to thank them for serving the country, and for serving their community.”

Howard Daugherty, Executive Director of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission and a decorated veteran from the Vietnam War, will also speak.

“Our county residents have always been big supporters of our troops and of our veterans,” Commissioner Proud said. “We invite people to come out that Sunday and show their appreciation, especially for these new recruits as they begin their training, and their families too.  It’s not easy to say goodbye to your son or daughter as they enter the military.”

Admission to the fair is free for members of the military with proper ID, and veterans with DD214 ID. The Clermont County Fairgrounds are located on Locust Street in Owensville.


The County Fair website: http://clermontcountyfair.webs.com/

Rodney Atkins to headline County Fair entertainment

July 1, 2016

County Fair opens July 24; Rodney Atkins to headline on July 26

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Cloverbud Parade, 2015

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 1, 2016) – Country music star Rodney Atkins will headline the entertainment lineup at this year’s Clermont County Fair, which will be held July 24-30 at the county fairgrounds in Owensville.

Atkins will perform at 8 p.m. on July 26 at the grandstand. He will be preceded by Nashville recording artists Sam Tate and the Dan Varner Band.

“We really wanted to focus on entertainment at the fair this year,” said Fair Board President Dan Hodges. “We wanted to bring in bigger-name acts, and Rodney Atkins, who’s had several No. 1 hits on the country music charts, is just the kind of act we were looking for.”

The fair will kick off Sunday, July 24, with a parade in Owensville at 1 p.m.; Royalty Competition at 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building; and the Veterans Recognition Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building. Admission is free on Sunday.

Fair hours are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $10 per person, which includes rides.  Wednesday, July 27, is Senior Citizens Day, and admission is $3 for those 60 and older. A complete fair schedule can be found on the fair’s website.

Junior Fair numbers are strong this year, says Kelly Royalty, County Director of the OSU Extension. Almost 900 4-H members are entering more than 2,400 projects for the Fair. Goat projects – at 399 – lead the categories.

Hodges said members of the Fair Board have been working hard in the past year to make improvements to the buildings and grounds. Among the changes are new metal siding and electric at the Junior Fair Office; new siding at the Gibbons Show Arena; upgrades to LED lighting fixtures; new landscaping, and finishing touches to the Lykins Family Pavilion, which opened last year.

“Our Fair Board is not afraid to get together and do the work necessary to continue the heritage of the fair and make sure the future of the fair is strong,” Hodges said. “We have held work weekends, when we worked together on several projects – all done through volunteers!  I hope the community sees a difference in the grounds and buildings.

“We are focusing our attention to making the fair bigger each year with something new for fairgoers,” Hodges added. “We’re also working on obtaining grants and partnering with sponsors to get a new livestock arena and replace some of the existing barns.

“Come to the fair and hear the music, see the magic, the lumberjacks, and the petting zoo,” he added. “We truly have attractions for all ages.”

About 50,000 people attended last year’s fair.


For more information, contact Dan Hodges, 513-515-1927; ccas1846@zoomtown.com.