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First Fridays in Downtown Greenville

Enjoy different themed events ten times a year during the first friday of every month in downtown Greenville!

Downtown Greenville

S. Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331
Phone: (937) 548-4998
Email: info@mainstreetgreenville.org

MARCH

Bear's Mill Soup 'n Bowl Fundraiser - March 12, 2022

A delightful fundraiser at Bear's Mill that includes a delicious soup dinner and handmade pottery!

Historic Bear's Mill

6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Rd

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 548-5112

Email: info@bearsmill.org

MAY

Spring Open House at Bear's Mill - May 1, 2021

The unofficial kickoff to spring in Darke County! Enjoy a delightful hike along the trails at Bear's Mill as the trees begin to bud, a tour of the mill, live music, and delightful food. This year's event will be held May 1st.

Historic Bear's Mill

6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road
Greenville, OH 45331
Phone: (937) 548-5112
Email: info@bearsmill.com

MAY

Dining by Rail - May 1, 2021

Come and Enjoy Railroad Dining Service a 5 star experience! Chef Michael James serves an elegant meal with delicious food from authentic Railroad Dining Car Recipes. Menu- Chicken Fricasseed, Pork Cutlet with a Mushroom Sauce, Red Potatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Sherry Carrots, Salad and Cream Puffs. 

Bradford Community Club

149 North Miami Avenue,

Bradford, OH

Phone: 937-552-2196

Email: bradfordohiorrmuseum@gmail.com

Website: https://www.bradfordrrmuseum.org/

May

Flat Track Motorcycle Racing - May 1, 2021

Enjoy the thrill of Flat Track Motocycle Racing in Darke County on a 1/4-mile track. You don't have to wait until the fair to get you fix. This event is new to Darke County in 2021 and will be held at the newly built track at J&M Ranch.

J&M Ranch

6129 Reed Road
Ansonia, OH 45331
Phone: (937) 417-2137
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MAY

YOLO Festival of Races - May 8, 2021

Enjoy Darke County's only half marathon, as well as 15K and 5K. Each course is set on a flat and beautiful terrain and runs through the City of Greenville highlighting many historic sites along the way. Start and finish is at the Greenville High School Stadium. Stick around after the race and visit the Garst Museum & National Annie Oakley Center, Historic Bear's Mill, the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center, and many other Darke County attractions.

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 371-9088

Email: info@yoloorg.com

MAY

Join in the family fun during this annual event in Arcanum. Events including kiddie tractor pulls, antique tractor pulls, big wheel races, carnival games & rides, arts & crafts, parade, car show, entertainment, fireworks, many types of food and so much more. The Arcanum Fire Company's annual pancake breakfast will take place on Saturday. Enjoy small-town Ohio before summer gets into full swing by visiting Arcanum!

Downtown Arcanum

George St.
Arcanum, OH 45304

JUNE

MV Mural Unveiling - June 4, 2021, 5 pm

Mississinawa Valley Schools Art Club invites you to the unveiling and dedication of the community art mural that will be installed on the viaduct walls at the corner of Route 571 and Deerfield Road. We will be celebrating the dedication of the mural with free hot dogs, hamburgers, and Kona Ice on Friday, June 4, from 5 - 7 PM.

Misssinawa Valley Mural

Corner of Deerfield Road & SR 571

Union City, Ohio 45390

Facebook: Mural Page

JUNE

Railroad Heritage Festival - June 5, 2021

Family Friendly event for railroad lovers! Children's games and activities Music by Joseph Sharon Jones and the Simple Gifts, Garden G Train layouts, Operation Lifesaver, PRR Historical Society, Carillon Park Portable Train, WWII Railroad Art by Gil Reid

Bradford Railroad Museum

200 North Miami Ave.

Bradford, Ohio 45308

Phone: 937-552-2196

Email: bradfordohiorrmuseum@gmail.com

Website: https://www.bradfordrrmuseum.org/

JUNE

Eldora Speedway - Dirt Late Model Dream - June 9-12

The Late Models take over Eldora Speedway during the Eldora Speedway Dirt Late Model Dream.

If you love late model racing, this is the place to be for not one, but two Dreams. The 27th Dream will be held June 9-10 and the 26th Dream will be held June 11-12. Visit www.eldoraspeedway.com for ticekts or more information.

Eldora Speedway

13929 St. Rt. 118
New Weston, OH 45348

Phone: (937) 338-3815
Email: mail@eldoraspeedway.com

JUNE

Versailles Poultry Days - June 11-13, 2021

The town of Versailles will be taken over by thousands of visitors for it's annual chicken festival. Enjoy the arts & crafts show, Peddler's Market, flower show, baking contests, egg decorating contests and displays, talent show, "Little Miss Chick" contest, free live entertainment, kiddie rides, children's petting zoo, Grand Parade, antique & classic car parade, 5K Heritage Run, bike tour, golf scramble, softball and ultimate disk tournaments. Sunday night at dusk there will be a fireworks display. Don't forget about the food! Poultry Days is well known for its barbecue chicken, ice cream parlor and beer.

Village of Versailles

459 S. Center St.
Versailles, OH 45380
Email: webmaster@versaillespoultrydays.com

JUNE

Ohio Dreamfest - June 17-20, 2021

Plenty of music and fun as New Golden Age Productions presents Invasion at Ohio Dreamfest. Be sure to visit https://www.ohiodreamfest.com/ for more information.

J&M Ranch

6129 Reed Road

Ansonia, OH 45331
 

JUNE

Eldora Speedway - SRX Racing - June 26, 2021

The Superstar Racing Experience is a new event coming to Eldora Speedway and is the culmination of work put in by racing legends Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham. Come see some of the legends racing across several platforms, including Stewart, Scott Speed, Bill Elliott, Helio Castraneves and many more.

Eldora Speedway

13929 St. Rt. 118
New Weston, OH 45348

Phone: (937) 338-3815

Website: www.e
Email: mail@eldoraspeedway.com

JUNE

DC3 Patriot Run - June 26, 2021

This Poker Run will benefit an organization in the community. Registrations begins at 9:30 and bikes take off at 11 a.m. Food and drinks will be available. All motorcycle clubs are welcome.

Location: The Triangle

4035 SR 502, Greenville, Ohio 45331

Website: https://dc3patriots.org/events/

JULY

Steam Threshers Reunion - July 1-4, 2021

Make this Ohio agricultural tradition a part of your travel experience. Activities include threshing, log sawing, plowing, antique tractor pull, steam engines, tractors, gas engines, flea market, food vendors and spark show every evening. Darke County is one of the largest agricultural counties in the entire state of Ohio, and this event evokes the history and heritage of our farming and agricultural past.

J&M Ranch

6129 Reed Rd
Versailles, OH 45380

Phone: (937) 689-6331
Email: contact@darkecountysteam.com

JULY

Ansonia 4th of July Celebration - July 2nd-4th, 2021

Get ready for three days of fun, food, games, music and a parade.  Food Truck Rally, softball and cornhole tournaments, Little Mister & Miss Red, White & Blue Pageant and much fill this event. The parade will be held at noon on Saturday and Fireworks will fill the sky on Friday night.

Ansonia Ball Park

Ansonia, OH

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JULY

New Madison 4th of July Celebration - July 2nd, 2021

Join the New Madison Community for their annual 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy food from one of several food vendors, beer and corn hole from the Civic Center, and stay for their epic fireworks!

New Madison Civic Center

Tri-Village Schools

New Madison, OH

FACEBOOK

JULY

4th of July Picnic & Children's Parade - July 4, 2021

Arcanum Preservation Society's 2nd annual 4th of July Picnic and Children's Parade will be here before you know it. Join them for this free community event. Bring your picnic basket and join them for a picnic in the park. The Children's Parade is at 2 pm. The registration table will open at 1 p.m. Lineup is at 1:45 p... Register ahead of time by emailing the address below.  

Ivester Park

Arcanum, OH

Email: arcanumpreservationsociety@gmail.com

JULY

Greenville Farm Power of the Past - July 8-11, 2021

Celebrate the agricultural heritage of Ohio with threshing & bailing demonstrations, tractor pulls, gas engine machines, antiques, classic tractors, draft tractors and equipment, flea market, food, music, and camping at the Darke County Fairgrounds. There are over 100 flea market and craft vendors on site during the weekend and a Sunday antique car show. For a mini-vacation close to home, stop by the Darke County Fairgrounds the second weekend of July.

Darke County Fairgrounds

800 Sweitzer St.
Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 547-1845

JULY

Arcanum Walking Tour - July 10, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will lead a walking tour of the downtown, including historical buildings and businesses. Learn little known history of their brick street business district which at first was only swampy streets with board walks.
The rain date is July 17.
Check AWTHS FB page and Event for updates prior to tour.
Please meet at AWTHS by 9:30am for inside tour; town tour begins promptly at 10am.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society

123 W. George St. 
Arcanum, LH 45304

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arcanum-Wayne-Trail-Historical-Society-559944504156999

JULY

Kings Royal - July 14-17, 2021

Eldora will be making up for no races in 2020 and holding two Kings Royals in 2021. One of the most celebrated dirt track races in the country takes place every July in Darke County: the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal! Enjoy a weekend of racing excitement! Come and enjoy the 38th and 37th KIngs Royals.

Eldora Speedway

13929 St. Rt. 118
New Weston, OH 45348

Phone: (937) 338-3815

Website: www.eldoraspeedway.com

Email: mail@eldoraspeedway.com

JULY

North Star Community Picnic - July 16-18, 2021

North Star is known for being the home of legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley and its close proximity to Eldora Speedway, but this small community also knows how to have a good time. Join them for a lot of fun, food and a parade during their community picnic.

North Star

Phone: 937-423-7427

Email: northstarfd13@gmail.com

JULY

Legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales - July 22-24

The biggest sales of the year line the streets of downtown Greenville during The Legendary Sidewalk Sales, inconjunction with Annie Oakley Days and The Gathering at Garst.

Come for the sales, stay to learn about legendary sharp-shooter, Annie Oakley during the festival named after her. Hop on an air-conditioned motorcoach for the historical tour of Darke County courtesy of the Annie Oakley Festival; visit the National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum; stroll the grounds of the museum for The Gathering at Garst, shop 'til you drop downtown. There's plenty to do to make it a getaway weekend to Darke County!

Downtown Greenville

S. Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 548-4998

Email: info@mainstreetgreenville.org

JULY

Annie Oakley Days Festival - July 23-25, 2021

Come celebrate and learn about our legendary sharp-shooter, Annie Oakley during the festival named after her. The majority of the event is held at the Darke County Fairgrounds, but be sure to get your spot in downtown Greenville for the annual Annie Oakley Festival parade on Saturday morning.

Darke County Fairgrounds

800 Sweitzer St.

Greenville, OH 45331

Website: https://www.annieoakleyfestival.org/

Email: president@annieoakleyfestival.org

JULY

The Gathering at Garst - July 24-25, 2021

Experience this exceptional event held outside on the beautiful grounds of Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio.  Featuring juried artists, antique dealers, garden exhibits, skilled historical craftsmen, along with musical performances and unique food vendors.  A living history encampment with participants from the French and Indian War through the Civil War is staged nearby.  The sound of cannons and muzzleloaders will ring out along with the clip clop of trotting horses as carriage rides are offered both days on the tree lined street bordering the Garst grounds.  Visit Garst Museum's comprehensive collection of Annie Oakley memorabilia, local Native American Indian artifacts, and the history of The Treaty of Greene Ville.

Garst Museum

205 N. Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 548-5250

Email: information@garstmuseum.org

AUGUST

127 Worlds Longest Yard Sale- Aug. 5-8, 2021

The 127 Yard Sale now covers 690 miles from Addison, MI to Gadsden, AL and boasts thousands of vendors every year.

For more information on the sales, contact the Darke County Visitors Bureau at (937) 548-5158 or info@visitdarkecounty.org.

AUGUST

Oakley Chapter PTSD Bike Show - Aug. 7, 2021

Come Join Oakley Chapter PLEMC in their debut Event! Registration Starts at 4 p.m.! Live Music, 50/50 Raffle, and the star of the Event, A Bike Show! The band, Prime8, goes live at 4:30 p.m.! Judging Starts at 5 p.m.

Hogg Shop

3564 St. Rt 49 South

Arcanum, OH 45304

Click HERE for Events Page

AUGUST

Versailles Fare Fest - Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

Receive a complimentary wine glass while enjoying 3 hours of unlimited food, beer, and wine from restaurants and beverage distributors throughout the Miami Valley, plus live musical entertainment. Tickets can be purchased after July 1st at the Inn at Versailles, 21 W. Main St., or call (937) 526-3020; must be 21 to attend; $45 presale; $55 at door (cash or credit card only); $25 food-only.

Village Square

Versailles, OH 45380

Phone: (937) 526-3020

AUGUST

The Great Darke County Fair - Aug. 20-28, 2021

Named "Best County Fair" for 2015, 2016, AND 2017 by the readers of Ohio Magazine, the GREAT! Darke County Fair is one of the longest running county fairs in the state of Ohio. Featuring an unrivaled midway, spectacular headlining concert, incredible entertainment, fantastic fair food, agricultural and art showcases, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Darke County Fairgrounds

800 Sweitzer St.

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 548-5044

Email: contact@darkecountyfair.com

SEPTEMBER

World 100 - Sept. 8-11

Eldora will once again make up for its cancellation in 2020 and hold two events in 2021. Four great nights of racing are coming your way. Don't miss out.

Eldora Speedway

13929 St. Rt. 118

New Weston, OH 45348

Phone: (937) 338-3815

Website: www.eldoraspeedway.com

Website: https://www.eldoraspeedway.com/

SEPTEMBER

Xtreme Roughstock Rodeo Tour - Sept. 11

The Xtreme Roughstock Rodeo Tour is coming to the Darke County Fairgrounds. The event features all of the action of a rodeo along with the Greenville Feast & Fest Food Truck Rally and Craft Show. This all day event begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m.

Darke County Fairgrounds

800 Sweitzer St.

Greenville, Ohio 45331

Tickets are available:

Call - 937-548-5044

Website - www.darkecountyfair.com

SEPTEMBER

Rolling 50's Classic Fall Cruise-In - Sept. 11, 2-8 p.m.

This is one of Ohio's largest cruise-ins, you won't want to miss it! Dash plaques to the first 450 cars | Cruise-in entry fee - $10.00 | Proceeds are donated to the following charities: The Shriner's Children's Hospital and the Cancer Association of Darke County | No burnouts or flame throwing allowed​

Downtown Greenville

Dave Niley 937-548-4517 

Kenny Erwin 937-337-6703

SEPTEMBER

Illumination Festival - Sept. 18, 2021

Illumination Festival is a Christian music festival in Darke County, OH bringing the best Christian music and activities to the area!

Darke County Fairgrounds

800 Sweitzer St.

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 459-2516

Website: www.illuminationfestival.org

Email: conniemccabe@illuminationfestival.org

SEPTEMBER

Prairie Days - Sept. 25 & 26, 2021

Apple butter cooking over the fire; pioneers in and around the Log House; vendors displaying their wares; tall-tales being spun; crafts to make... must be Prairie Days! This is THE event for Darke County Parks. Each year, this Free Family Event brings in 4,000 people to Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

Held annually the last full weekend of September, this event focuses on the prairie way of life in and around 1780-1810 and will feature many crafts, games and trades of the time period. Many crafts are free for children and with a select few requesting a small donation. Bring your family to the Prairie and step back in time! 

Shawnee Prairie Preserve

4267 St. Rt. 502

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 548-0165

Email: info@darkecountyparks.org

OCTOBER

Bradford Pumpkin Show - Oct. 12-16, 2021

Celebrate Fall during the annual Bradford Pumpkin Show, a celebration of changing leaves and cooler nights! The festival features terrific food, a parade, games & rides, live music, and much more.

Bradford, OH 45308

Email: jwysong3853@gmail.com

NOVEMBER

Bear's Mill Christmas Preview - Nov. 13, 2021

Get into the Holiday Spirit early. Bear's Mill will kick-off the holiday season with its annual Christmas Preview. Stop in and get your shopping done early. 

Bear's Mill

Phone: (937) 548-5112

WEBSITE

Email: info@bearsmill.org

NOVEMBER

Hometown Holiday Horse Parade - Nov. 20, 2021

Downtown Greenville plays host to the annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade featuring lighted, horse-drawn carriages. Bring the entire family to enjoy this event and see Santa Claus come to town! The parade will include carolers, bands, bell choirs and lighted carriages pulled by horses through the streets of Historic Downtown Greenville at 7:00 pm. Many of the downtown shops and restaurants will be open late!

Downtown Greenville

Phone: (937) 548-4998

Email: info@mainstreetgreenville.org

DECEMBER

Bear's Mill Christmas Open House & Walk, Dec. 3, 2021

A delightful holiday evening in the country, free to the public. Enjoy shopping in the Mill Store & Gallery and then bundle up for a gorgeous nighttime walk along the banks of Greenville Creek, lit by stunning luminaries.

DECEMBER

Walking in a Winter Wonderland- Dec. 4, 2021

This holiday season, join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through the Winter Wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! There will be over 350 luminaries lighting the way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As families hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, they can enjoy crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening. In the log house, the fire will be warm with holiday snacks and drinks to sample. Enjoy pioneer music of Christmas’ past while relaxing in the comforts of the 18th century. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available upstairs in the log house and in the Nature Center to fuel the memories of this staff-favorite event. The Nature Center and Gift Shop will be open throughout the event, offering a chance to discover a selection of unique gifts or that perfect holiday stocking stuffer! Don’t forget to bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path! Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Start a family tradition this year.

Shawnee Prairie Preserve

4267 St. Rt. 502

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: (937) 548-0165

Email: info@darkecountyparks.org