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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! Event details are subject to change, please contact our office with questions – 419-238-9270

Railroad Heritage Weekend – Model Railroad Show & Swap

July 27-28, 2024

Head to the Fairgrounds on July 27-28 to enjoy the Model Railroad Show & Swap during the Railroad Heritage Weekend
  • Vendor tables
  • Operating Layouts
  • Food Court
  • Over 200 vendor tables are available.
  • Admission:
    • $6 for Adults
    • $8 for two-day admission
    • Children 12 and under are FREE!
  • Free stuff for the kids
  • Handicap accessible
Show Information Contact/Tables: Chuck White @ 260-760-1666 or email: railcarman@frontier.com.

*Paid Admission

127 Garage Sale

August 1-4, 2024

The World’s Longest Yard sale. People set up all over, from all over, selling items and treasures! We have over 250 vendors that are set up at our over 400 vendor locations, with open locations remaining for new coming vendors. During this event, we offer camping spots for vendors and travelers!

The World’s Longest Yard Sale
The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale”. That’s because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it’s 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From Lookout Mountain, GA to Gadsden, AL the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway. Both are scenic drives allowing you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of The World’s Longest Yard Sale.

*Free Admission
* Golf Cart Rentals available at the Dairy Barn $20/hour. 

Vendor set up is Wednesday July 31st, 2024 9:00am – 7:00pm. Questions? Contact the Fair Office 419-238-9270

Bluegrass Festival

September 26-28, 2024

Multiple bands, food and concessions, corn hole tournament, wagon rides, raffles, kids activities, and pony poker. Pets are allowed on leash! Camping available. 

*Paid Admission price varies – weekend pass available!

Singer-songwriter Steve Scott, Sr., comes from a musical family. As a young man he was introduced to bluegrass music by his father, Albert Scott. The two of them formed the Bluegrass Gospel-Aires and performed in several states throughout the 1970s. Upon Albert’s passing in the early 1980s, Steve went on to perform in several other bands, all the while introducing and teaching bluegrass music to his sons and nephew.  Eventually, they banded together and formed Steve Scott & The Scott Brothers featuring Steve Sr. on guitar and lead vocals, his sons Stevie Scott on banjo and vocals and Brian Scott on mandolin and vocals, along with nephew Israel Daniels on bass. The band is a crowd favorite wherever they appear. In addition to Steve’s skills as a bandleader he is also a well-known bluegrass promoter in NW Ohio, operating the Bluegrass Opry Barn at Oakwood (Paulding County), as well as promoting the Van Wert County Bluegrass Festival which is presented at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, held the third weekend of September every year.

Stateline Smack Down Open Beef Show

October 6, 2024

Stateline Smack Down open beef show at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Showmanship, breeding heifers, and feeder calves.

Harvest Happenings, Dairy Barn Emporium & Apple Festival

October 18-19, 2024

Who doesn’t love FALL? Join us at the Fairgrounds for one of our most popular events. This weekend is actually three separate events on the grounds, but one great experience. Lots of lovely craft vendors, food vendors, APPLES, apple ciders and sweet treats! Join us Friday October 18th 11:00am-9:00pm and Saturday October 19th 9:00am-4:00pm! 

*Free Admission

Fall Mom 2 Mom

November 2, 2024

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 Fall Mom-to-Mom Sale!