From Our Editors
Established: Before 1950
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Poor Jack Amusements
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
With a non-continuous history that dates back to before the Civil War, the Mercer County Fair has solidified itself as part of the fabric of Ohio's legacy. As it did more than 160 years ago, the event showcases and rewards entrants for what judges deem the best agricultural products and techniques, with awards going out to everything from the best steer to the finest homemade pickles to whichever beefsteak tomato looks best in a bathing suit. But the fun extends far past what's going on in the grandstand. As both kids and adults visit animals and learn about farming, others participate in a slew of activities that have ranged from dachshund races to amusement-park rides and ATV demonstrations. And, in 2014, the fair will also count country artist Rodney Atkins as well as the Swon Brothers from NBC's The Voice amongst its live musical acts.