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!

Bluegrass Festival

September 21-23, 2023

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 8, 2023

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


Showmanship starts at 11:00am

$5 entry age winners win cash prizes

Breeding Heifers and Feeders

Payout for each ring:

  • Grand Champion $500
  • Reserve Champion $400
  • 3rd Overall $300
  • 4th Overall $200
  • 5th Overall $100
  • Top 5 in each ring will also receive banners.
  • Class Payouts $40-$30-$20

Questions? Contact Phil 260-433-5104 or Adam 567-259-8968

Harvest Happenings, Dairy Barn Emporium & Apple Festival

October 20-21, 2023

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!

*Free Admission

Gun Show & Gun Bash

November 4, 2023

This November 4th, join us in the Junior Fair Building for the first Gun Show/Gun Bash! $100/ticket includes meal and entry for gun drawings.
  • 5:30- Doors open
  • 6:00- Meal
  • 7:00- Raffle begins
Tickets can be purchased in the Fair Office or from Fairboard Directors!

Fall Mom 2 Mom

November 18, 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 Fall Mom-to-Mom Sale!