Landing at Gate Two

Tuesday, August 27

dog training classes

Classes: 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, & 8:00 PM


Hello, I am Marianne Frederick, your friendly Dog Training Instructor at Hawk Haven’s “Good Dog” Obedience Training LLC. I am here to help YOU, train your dog. I LOVE dogs, but they need rules, consistency, lots of praise. Otherwise, they can cause tremendous stress in your life.

Hawk Haven’s “Good Dog” Obedience Training was established in 2009 with my personal goal to help loved ones and their dogs build understanding, respect, and a strong bond. 

The ultimate objective is to transform your dog into a valued family member that you would never dream of giving up. This creates a forever home for that truly “Good Dog”.

**What is the difference between a shelter dog and a “Good Dog”??? Hopefully, it’s taking my class. Dog students from all around Northwest Ohio, Eastern Indiana, and Southern Michigan attend my weekly dog courses. Currently my dog training classes are held in Defiance, Delta, Montpelier, Napoleon, and Van Wert, Ohio. I am looking to expand to other counties.

These classes are being held during the fair for observation, only those who are registered in this class are permitted to participate. 

Wednesday, August 30

Pig Races

Event Start: 6:00 PM

40 Years of Animal Entertainment

Animal-Grams began as 2 sisters dream of making their love for animals their career and also sharing that same love with as many people as possible.  They got their start with exotic animals such as lions, tigers, and bears.  They were quite the duo for many years. As they both began families of their own, they transitioned away from most of the exotics and into a more family friendly approach.  After much thought Judy decided to step away from the business in the ’90s while Joni kept pushing and growing the business as well as her family.  After Joni stepped away from most of her exotic animals, she became known for her 400 pound kissing pig she would take to all sorts of events imaginable.  Today Animal-Grams has grown into the largest animal entertainment provider in Northern Indiana.  Providing petting farms, pony rides, reindeer, living nativities, easter animals, and pig races to hundreds of events every year. 

Thursday, August 29

Kiddie Tractor Pulls – Buckeye State Pedal Pullers

Event Start: 7:00 PM

Join the fun, fast growing sport of Pedal Pulling! Our friends at Buckeye Pedal Pullers will be joining the 168th Annual Van Wert County Fair on Thursday, August 29, at the Landing at Gate 2 at 7:00 pm. We know the kiddos love this event, so we are thrilled to bring it to the Fair this year!

Friday, August 30

2-the-Extreme Power Wheel Drags

Event Start: 6:00 PM

What a rush! We’re bringing back 2-The-Extreme’s Kiddie Power Drags to the 168th Annual Van Wert County Fair at the Landing at Gate 2, Friday August 30 at 6:00 pm. A fun time to be had by all!

Saturday, August 31

2:00 PM – Jeep Show

Coming back for an anticipated return is the 2023 Jeep Show during the 168th Annual Van Wert County Fair! Saturday, August 31 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm you can expect to see Jeeps of all kinds. $15 entry fee includes gate admission for driver and 1 passenger. Registration day of show beginning at 1:30pm. Download the flyer for more information.

Sunday, September 3

1:00 PM Car Show

Come and check out all of these nice-looking rides. Remember… quality never goes out of style.

  • Food, vendors & Activities throughout the fairgrounds
  • Lots of door prizes and goody bags for everyone
  • Live DJ From Magnificent Music Solutions – Hits from the 50s & 60s
  • Dash Plaques to the 1st 75 registrations
  • Vehicles must enter gate 1 – the north gate off Balyeat Ave.
  • Show will be held on North End of Fairgrounds

Monday, September 2

2:00 PM  Motorcycle Show

Join us for the Motorcycle Show! Categories include:

  • Antique Pre 1933
  • Vintage 1934-1954
  • Classic 1955-1985
  • Sport Bike
  • Side Car
  • Trike
  • Touring
  • Harley Cruiser
  • Harley Dresser
  • Harley Sportster
  • Best of Show