2017 Auglaize County Fair July 30-Aug. 5

Staff Writer

The Auglaize County Fair will allow attendees to test out their warrior strength in 2017.

The new challenge course will be at the fair throughout its July 30-Aug. 5 run at the fairgrounds in Wapakoneta.The course will include a tunnel, ladder wall, concave wall, tires, dive window, apex ladder, crawler, barrel run, balance beam, rope climb, and over and under. There are individual and team events, with prizes for the best individuals and a donation to a favorite charity for team winners. From Sunday, July 30 to Friday, Aug. 4, the course is open to any age for $5 per attempt and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $10 per attempt. The team events will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $25 per team member, three members per team. From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., the course is open to any age for $10 per attempt. On Saturday, Aug. 5, the course is open to all ages from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $5. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the individual finals will be contested. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a team event. From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., the course is open to any age for $10 per attempt.

Also new for 2017 are the Hammer Brothers Haunted Circus, with paintball shooting at zombies, Barnyard Express shows throughout the week, a Dinosaur XPerience from Tuesday to Saturday and miniature draft horse pulls at the horse arena on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

Free Grandstand

  • Tractor Pulls: The Moon City Nationals NTPA Grand National tractor and truck pull will again star at the Auglaize County Fairground on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. The event features light pro stock tractors, 4-by-4 modified trucks, modified tractors and two-wheel drive trucks.
  • Demolition Derby: The Smash-It demlition derby provides one of the Auglaize County Fair’s favorite events year after year. The free event takes to the grandstand on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Rodeo: The Southern Extreme Bull Riding event is a sanctioned SEBRA event, with dozens bulls and cowboys along with rodeo clown Bobby Cox at 7p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.
  • Truck Vs. Truck: Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m.
  • Cheerleading Competition: See cheer squads from around the area compete at the grandstand on Monday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
  • Harness Racing: The Auglaize County Fair hosts harness racing on Tuesday, Aug. 1 and Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. each night.

Gospel Tent

  • Guy Penrod: One of the most popular artists featured on the Gaither Homecoming Video Series, Penrod spent 14 years as the lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band before launching a successful solo ministry with combined career sales now in excess of four million units. Penrod will perform at the Auglaize County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m.
  • Brian Free & Assurance: Brian Free is the most recognizable southern gospel tenor of our generation. Since 1982, he has been at  the forefront of southern gospel music since first joining Gold City Quartet, then moving on to form his own group. The group will perform on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Legacy Five: Year after year Legacy Five are recognized as one of Gospel music’s favorite southern gospel groups and the group will return to the Auglaize County Fair’s gospel tent on Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Soul’d Out Quartet: The Georgetown, Ohio, quartet is young, energetic, and exciting, but they still include a vintage style of gospel music while keeping current with more modern styles. The quartet will perform on Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Jim Brady Trio: Jim Brady, formerly a member of the popular Booth Brothers, joines his wife Melissa and Tim Patton. Jim and Melissa merged their songwriting gifts and have now penned more than 200 songs. The trio will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Ball Brothers: The Ball Brothers are two brothers, Andrew and Daniel Ball along with brother-in-law Chad McCloskey and  newcomer, Matt Davis.  The group travels world-wide, singing their distinctive brand of Christian music. What can someone expect when they hear the Ball Brothers? A mix of musical styles, melted together by  tight,  four-part  harmony.  Each  song  is  hand-picked  to  be  message-driven,  and  theologically  sound.  Their   goal is to spread the message of the Gospel and encourage believers. The Ball Brothers perform on Monday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Collingsworth Family: Excitement,  spiritual  anointing,  family-emphasis,  and  musical  excellence  are  what  you  can  expect  to  find when you step across the threshold of the auditorium for an Evening of Family Worship and Praise with The Collingsworth Family.  Their boundaries of infl uence have expanded until they have sung and played  all over the United States (as well as internationally) into their 27th year of ministry. Their constant, persistent  attention  to  cutting-edge  arranging,  musical  excellence,  and  a  proper  balance  of  spiritual  emphasis  are  the   keys to success God has helped them tap. The Collingsworth Famiily perform on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Entertainment Tent
Naked Karate Girls: The Cincinnati four-member band entertains with funny choreography, costume changes, props and audience participation to entertain and please the crowds. They perform on Friday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.
— The American Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Free Entertainment Tent will also feature Nashville Crush on Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m., the kiddie tractor pull on Monday, July 31 at 7 p.m., the Beer Barrel Boys on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., The Country Star Playoffs on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m., the veteran’s day program is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 and Another Round perform at 8 p.m. Party Poison/Little People is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Karma’s Pawn will play from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, followed by the Earthquakers from 8-11:30 p.m.

Other Entertainment

  • Sunday, July 30: Super Heroes, Marvelous Mutts, Farmer John, 7-foot T-Rex Dinosaur
  • Monday, July 31: Marvelous Mutts, Farmer John, 7-foot T-Rex Dinosaur
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1: Mike Hemmelgarn, Stevens Puppets, Super Heros, One Man Band, Marvelous Mutts, Farmer John, 7-foot T-Rex Dinosaur
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2: One Man Band, Marvelous Mutts, Farmer John
  • Thursday, Aug. 3: One Man Band, Marvelous Mutts, Farmer John
  • Friday, Aug. 4: One Man Band, Marvelous Mutts, Farmer John
  • Saturday, Aug. 5: Mike Hemmelgarn, Stevens Puppets, One Man Band, Marvelous Mutts, Farmer John.