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!
Arcanum, OH 45304
Versailles Poultry Days
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
Eldora Speedway - Dirt Late Model Dream
The Late Models take over Eldora Speedway during the Eldora Speedway Dirt Late Model Dream.
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.
6129 Reed Rd
Versailles, OH 45380
Phone: (937) 689-6331
Greenville Farm Power of the Past
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
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!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Darke County Fair
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!
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.
Versailles, OH 45380
Phone: (937) 526-3020
YOLO Festival of Races
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.
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!
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!
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.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
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.