Grace C. Giggles (Submitted photo)
Grace C. Giggles (Submitted photo)

VAN WERT — Being old fashioned does not mean that nothing ever changes. To prove this, check out the new additions to the schedule for the 38th annual Old Fashioned Farmers Days at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. The event runs from Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, and festival-goers can expect a lot of the favorite events and displays this year, and also some new crowd-pleasers.

Making debuts this year will be the classic rock/classic country group, the Dixie Cadillacs who will help celebrate July 4 with a performance at the gospel Pavilion Friday from 1-5 p.m. The Clown with a Heart, Grace C. Giggles will be on hand Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. making balloon animals for the kids and putting smiles on everyone’s face. Also the Van Wert County Fair Board presents a draft horse pull Friday night at the grandstand beginning at 7 p.m. And the grandstand seats offer a great view of the July 4 Fireworks after the pulling is done.

Of course, Old Fashioned Farmers Days means old tractors and equipment will be on display. This year’s featured brand is John Deere, so look for a sea of green tractors on the grounds. These displays will go on all four days, as well as saw milling, threshing, flea markets, a trading post, animal land, barrel rides for the kids, and plenty of great food.

Thursday, July 3 will be Senior Citizen Day with antique auto racing, a car show with 50s music and country gospel music performed by Jess King.



On Friday, July 4, antique auto racing returns to the track, the quilt and needle art show will open, Studio Live Fit will be doing Zumba, and kids can participate in old fashioned cow milking and the kiddie pedal tractor pull. Someone will win the tractor from that pull. Other tractor games will be played for everyone and in the evening, it’s music from Blind Date.

On Saturday, July 5, there will be chain saw sculpting, quilt and art needle work, a Barney Fife look-a-like, an adult pedal tractor pull and antique tractor pull, and the mule, donkey, and miniature horse fun show. Stop in for some old fashioned beans and cornbread. Musically, you can hear Nancy and Company, the fiddle, banjo and harmonica contest, a local talent show and to close the evening, Memories of a King, Elvis Presley by Brent Cooper.

On Sunday, July 6, it’s Free Admission Day, and the day begins with church services with Jess King. Next, a free will donation ham and turkey dinner will be served with all the fixings. Then at noon, the remaining items in the trading post will be auctioned off.

Admission for Thursday through Saturday is three dollars per person per day. Children under 12 get in free. Three-day passes are available for $7 per person. All events at the grandstand are free except for the draft horse pull Friday night which will cost an additional $4 per person. Additional information of the many events of Old Fashioned Farmers Days are available at oldfashionedfarmersdays.com or at (419) 203-2700.