Hartford Fair ends Aug. 12

The 159th Hartford Fair — The biggest little fair in the world, concludes Saturday, Aug. 12. Although the fair is outside of Delaware County, the Big Walnut area is still represented.

Take the Commodity Royalty, for example. Two of the 16 members were Big Walnut High School students — Dairy Princess Rachel Sherman and Horse King Jacob Howard.

According to its website, “The Hartford Independent Agricultural Society, or better known as the “Hartford Fair” is located in the Northwest corner of Licking County. It is a unique fair in comparison to other Ohio fairs. It incorporates directors from Licking County and two neighboring counties, Delaware and Knox. Because Licking County does not have a County fair, the Junior Fair includes exhibitors from all of Licking Co. and portions of Delaware and Knox Counties.”

Remaining events at this year’s fair includes:

Thursday: Dairy Cattle 9 a.m.; Red Cross Bloodmobile 2-7 p.m.; Tamela Knight 5-7 p.m.; Barefoot McCoy 5:30-7 p.m.; Fast Traxx Motocross Racing 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Super Showmanship 9 a.m.; Llama and Alpaca Show 11:30 a.m.; Farm Chore Olympics 1 p.m.; Jackpot Hog Show 1:30 p.m.; FFA Challenge 3 p.m.; Goat Show 3:30 p.m.; Rough Truck Contest 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Free Admission Day: Draft Horse Classic 10 a.m.; Pony Pull 4 p.m.; Hartford Fair Idol Competition 5-7 p.m.; Horse Pull 7 p.m.; Square Dancing 8:30 p.m.


From Columbus:

Take I-71 North to the Sunbury exit State Route 37 East through the town of Sunbury. Drive 16 miles to the edge of the Johnstown city limits then turn left onto Croton Road. Drive 6 miles through Croton (also known as “Hartford Village”). The Hartford Fairgrounds is located approximately ½ mile from the village on the right side of the road.

2016 Admissions

Admission Information – All admission information is listed below.

General Gate Admission: (Does not include rides) – Cash only accepted at the gates. ATM located at the Grandstand and inside Merchant’s Building.

$7 Sun – Sat (Ages 8 and over)

$3 Monday (Senior Citizen’s Day and Veteran’s Day 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.)

Children ages 7 & under are free

Tickets — Good for seven days , rides not included

Season Tickets $40 — will go on sale July 1st at the locations listed below:

Heartland Bank — (Croton, Johnstown, Newark)

Park National Banks — (Newark, Heath, Johnstown, Utica)

First Knox National Bank — (Centerburg)

Washington Carquest — Centerburg, Johnstown, Mt. Vernon, Newark, Sunbury

Hartford Fair Office

Membership Tickets $40

You must be 21 years of age and live in Licking County or one of the following townships in Delaware or Knox Counties

Delaware County: Harlem-Trenton-Porter-Berkshire

Knox County: Milford-Hilliard-Miller

Membership ticket is only available at the Hartford Fair office 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.


Grandstand and bleacher seats are free. There is no reserved seating, and blankets DO NOT save your seat. Track Seats available for Monday


No Charge for General Parking

Perferred parking located behind swine complex/First Aid Bldg.- $20 for the week

Shuttle Train Operates Daily


Gate admission does not include amusement rides or games.

Rides operate noon to 5 p.m., reopen 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting

A wrist band may be purchased to ride continuously. The cost is $8 to ride from noon-5 P.M. and $9 to ride from 6 P.M.- 11 P.M.


There are 500 permanent campsites with water and electric provided. The cost to camp fair week is $250 for permanent sites (with water and electric hookups) and $200 for primitive campsites (no water or electric hookups). Call 740-893-4881 for more information.

Office Hours:

Year Around- Monday thru Friday (9 A.M.-4 P.M.)

Fair Week August 7th thru 13th, 2016 ( 9 a.m.-9 p.m.)

Closed Holidays

Phone: 740-893-4881

Fax: 740-893-4810

Email: hartfordfair@embarqmail.com

Address: 14028 Fairgrounds Road, Croton, OH 43013-9794

Website: www.HartfordFair.com

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The 2017 Hartford Fair Commodity Royalty includes Big Walnut High School students Rachel Sherman (second from left) and Jacob Howard (wearing cowboy hat).
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/08/web1_DSCF9467.jpgThe 2017 Hartford Fair Commodity Royalty includes Big Walnut High School students Rachel Sherman (second from left) and Jacob Howard (wearing cowboy hat).

By Gary Budzak