The Van Wert County Agricultural Society is a non-profit organization comprised of a governing board of elected representatives from Van Wert County Townships and society members. The society operates under constitution and bylaws in accordance with the State of Ohio. The main purpose of The Van Wert County Agricultural Society is to celebrate and honor Van Wert County Agriculture through a county fair.
On August 8, 1855, the society began planning for the first county fair. On October 30 of that year, a location was selected, and the very first one-day fair held at the former Dull Lumber Company location north of Jackson Street. After that first fair, the event quickly outgrew that location and a purchase of land — 5.67 acres for $184 — was made preparing for the first two-day fair October 27-28, 1857. In September 1871, the first three-day fair was held, and in August of 1963, the fair was extended to 7 days. These days we boast a full seven days of Junior and Senior Fair activities, paid and free entertainment, many games and activities and lots of fair food.
Over time, additional land was purchased by the society to meet the needs of the expanding exhibitors and public interest. As of 2023, The Van Wert County Agricultural Society owns 96 acres, 49 buildings, barns and arenas with plans to prosper and grow into the future to continue to meet the needs of exhibitors.
How you can support the Van Wert County Agricultural Society
Much of our growth and success can be attributed to longstanding relationships with our business and agricultural community that choose to financially support The Van Wert County Agricultural Society and the Van Wert County Fair. We invite you to learn more by visiting our sponsorship page.
The mission of the Van Wert County Agricultural Society is to educate, enhance and preserve our agricultural roots through our youth and our community.
The Van Wert County Agricultural Society staff and directors host multiple events that support the Van Wert County Fair’s ability to showcase and promote agriculture represented in Van Wert County while engaging and entertaining the community at large.