TROY — “It is my role today to welcome you to the Miami County Fair,” Miami County Commissioner John O’Brien said at the opening ceremony of the Miami County Fair, and what a welcome it was. With blue skies, rides, and deep fried food, there was no reason to feel uninvited.
“The fair doesn’t happen overnight,” O’Brien continued. “It’s no small task to put on the fair.”
On Friday, the opening ceremony included fair board directors, local and state representatives, and other community members, many of whom gave speeches welcoming the community to the fair. Directors stated all of the efforts that were put into the fair this year, as well as shared interesting facts. Yearly, over 110,000 visitors come to the fair.
“We are celebrating rich agriculture and tradition,” said Jill Wright, fair manager. “Our fair is successful due to the board of directors, volunteers, and community leaders.”
Along with O’Brien, were other local and state representatives who were present during the opening ceremony, including: Joe Braden, auditor of state; Jim Stubbs, Miami County Treasurer; Dick Cultice, Miami County commissioner; Brian Bauman, regional representative present on behalf of Secretary of State Jon Husted; Steve Huffman, representative of the Ohio House; and Jessica Lopez, Miami County Recorder.
Although Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor could not be present at the opening ceremony, they wrote a letter in regard to the Miami County Fair that was read. The letter made statements such as the Miami County Fair holds an “importance to culture and economy,” and is “an ideal way to celebrate the summer and enjoy delicious food.”
“I just want to congratulate all participants for their hard work, and I’m congratulating everyone on a great Miami County Fair,” Ohio House Representative Steve Huffman said.
“What a beautiful day,” regional representative Brian Bauman said. “We appreciate the agriculture community and are happy to be here.”
O’Brien introduced the royalty of the fair court, with each member describing details about themselves. The following were present: Brianna Ellish, fair queen; Katie Bendickson, first fair queen runner-up; Isabel Eichkorn, fair princess; Kenal Staley, sheep princess; Katie Bodenmiller, lamb and wool queen; Kristina Romle, third fair queen runner-up; Brenna Miller, pork princess; Danielle Danielson, pork queen; Brandon Newton, fair king; Madeline Brown, fourth fair queen runner-up; Savannah Hoke, beef queen; Eliza Hershberger, goat queen; Kearsten Kirby, goat princess; Thomas Burkett, third fair king runner-up; Drake Burkett, fair prince; Emma Eichenaur, poulty queen; Nicholas Gratz, poultry king; Natalie Gratz, poultry princess; Caitlyn Cusich, second fair queen runner-up; Jason Shiltz, first fair king runner-up; and Wyatt Netu, poultry prince.
The Miami County Fair will continue through Thursday, Aug. 20 and is located at 650 N. County Road 25-A in Troy.
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