Events on the Grounds

We are excited to bring exciting and family-friendly events to Van Wert County!

Check out what’s coming up next! Download our event flyer to your phone to stay in the know all year long!

Reverse Raffle

March 25, 2023

Join us for a fun night and a chance to win big prizes! Enjoy dinner catered by Gibson’s BBQ, games, silent and live auction items, plus a 50/50 drawing! Tickets are available for purchase by stopping in the Fair office or from a Fairboard Director. Limited number available.

*Paid Admission

Spring Mom-2-Mom Sale

April 8, 2023

Imagine a building filled to the brim with gently used children’s clothing, toys, accessories and more from area moms just like you. Find your next bargain at the Spring Mom-to-Mom Sale!

Note: This event has been moved to a later date to accommodate facility construction projects. Thank you for understanding.

Van Wert on Tap

April 15, 2023

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring the best regional breweries to Van Wert, Ohio for our inaugural craft beer festival.

Enjoy unlimited tastings of selected wine and craft beer from some of the best breweries in the region including, Land Grant, Moeller Brew Barn, Buffalo Rock Brewing Co., Two Bandits Brewing Co., Findlay Brewing Co., Gongoozlers Brewery, 1820 BrewWerks, Lake Rat Brewing, Second Crossing Brew Co., 4KD Crick Brewery, and Lincoln Brewing Co. Multiple food trucks including Smashdawgz will offer food for purchase. Event information: Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce. 

VIP Tickets: $50.00 Includes extra tasting hour, collectible tasting glass and unlimited tastings
Admission: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

General Admission Tickets: $30.00 Includes collectible tasting glass and unlimited tastings.
Admission: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Chamber would like to thank Premier Sponsor First Federal Savings and Loan as well as Cheers Level Sponsor, Red Oak Realty for their support of the event.

Clean up Green up

April 29, 2023

Community members are invited to join 4-H members, Senior and Junior Fair Board members in cleaning up the fairgrounds for the 2023 events. Tasks will be assigned upon arrival. There is something for everyone!

Spring Fest

May 5-6, 2023

Spring Fest is held in early spring to start prepping your beautiful outside lawn and garden! Come visit us at Spring Fest for plant sales of annuals and perennial, landscaping equipment sales, such as lawn mowers, weed whackers, hedge trimmers, etc. OSU Extension and local landscapers to pass along some lawn and garden care tips, as well as education on proper management techniques. Entertainment to be announced, car show, food and craft vendors!

*Free Admission

Flat Track Motorcycle Racing

June 3, 2023

Amateur motorcycle racers with classes that include 50cc, 65cc, 85cc, Supermini, 2501m, 450am, Open am, Open Vintage, 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+, Open Singles, Open Money and Hooligan National Race.

*$10 admission. Concession Stand available

Freedom Truck Meet – Hosted by Cole Motors

June 16-18, 2023

Fun for the whole family! Show and shine, dirt drags, monster truck rides, burnout contest, Dyno, cruise route, DJ, on-site camping, kiddie pedal pull & power wheels racing, food vendors, meet & greets and more! A portion of the proceeds gets donated to Riley Children’s Cancer Foundation. Learn more about this event by visiting colemotorstruckmeet.com/

*Admission Price varies with options

Carry in coolers are allowed. Alcohol is allowed, but no glass of any kind. General admission passes will get you anywhere on the grounds other than the pits. A separate $10 pit pass must be purchased and waiver signed at the events sign up table. Use common sense! We are here to have a good time, but anyone caught doing burnouts, donuts, or any other form of reckless driving on the grounds will be told to leave immediately. Revving engines is 100% ok! Quiet time on the grounds will be from 12:00am to 6:00am. Waiver & Release Liability By reference of the Cole Motors Freedom Truck Meet.

By reference of the Cole Motors Freedom Truck Meet. By use of this ticket and attendance at the Van Wert County Fair, Holder (on behalf of Holder and any minor accompanying Holder) acknowledge and assumes all risks and dangers incidental to the Van Wert County Fair as it relates to contracting COVID-19. Holder agrees that none of the Van Wert County Fair, Fair Board members, Junior Fair Board members, the participating exhibitors, and any other Van Wert County Fair owners, partners, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, customers, purchasers, independent contractors, licenses, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, successors and assigns, or the Van Wert County Agricultural Society (the “Release Parties”), shall be responsible or liable or liable for the Holder or result of such risks or dangers.

BY ATTENDING THE VAN WERT COUNTY FAIR, HOLDER (ON BEHALF OF HOLDER AND ANY MINOR ACCOMPANYING HOLDER) IS DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN A FULL RELEASE OF LIABILITY TO THE RELEASED PARTIES. IF HOLDER DOES NOT WISH TO OR IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO GRANT ALL THE RIGHTS, RELEASES AND WAIVERS SET FOURTH IN THIS TICKET ON BEHALF OF ANY ACCOMPANIED MINOR(S) OUT OF THE FAIRGROUNDS

Open class all vehicles allowed. Burnouts will be stationary on the big cement pad directly in front of the grandstands and not on the tiny POS pad like it was in 2020. Each vehicle will be timed and given up to 1 minute once stationary on the burn out pad. Judging will consist of 4 pre chosen judges that will have score cards on a 1-10 scale and those scores will be added together and tallied. The top 3 scores will place and be paid out accordingly. Rules subject to change. No passengers allowed.

Dirt Drag Daily Driver Street Class Rules

Each truck will be allowed 2 practice runs before competition racing starts. Competition will either be bracket style or round robin double elimination. Professional style Christmas tree lights.

This class is meant to be for daily driver trucks and SUVs.(Tech officials will have all rights to remove any trucks from the class that they deem not to be a daily driver) Trucks must be street legal that have valid plates and registration. Dot approved tires, all lights must be in working order, Ladder/traction bars are allowed. Tuners and aftermarket exhausts are allowed, Factory turbo/turbos and superchargers are allowed. No nitrous or any other injected power adders are allowed. Removal of headlights or any other body components before racing is prohibited.  Passengers are allowed. Seatbelts must be worn for every person in the vehicle. Rules are subject to change.

DIRT DRAG MODIFIED CLASS RULES

Each truck will be allowed 2 practice runs before competition racing starts. Competition will either be bracket style or round robin double elimination. Professional style Christmas tree lights.

This class is meant to be for modified street/strip trucks and SUVs.(Tech officials will have all rights to remove any trucks from the class that they deem not to be fit for the class) Trucks must be factory full bodied but hollowed beds and stripping interior etc. to cut weight is allowed. Current plates or registration is not required. Dot approved tires, all lights must be in working order, Ladder/traction bars are allowed. Tuners and aftermarket exhausts are allowed, Turbos and superchargers are allowed. Nitrous and other injected power adders are allowed. Passengers are allowed. Seatbelts must be worn for every person in the vehicle. Rules are subject to change.

More classes may be added depending on demand.