Two concerts will headline the entertainment at the Allen County Fair, which begins Friday and continues through Aug. 26 at the fairgrounds just east of Lima. Country music singer Dustin Lynch, with special guest Neal McCoy, are set to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the grandstand. Tickets range from $40 to $100 and can be purchased online or in the fairground box office. Visit allencofair.com for more details. Contemporary Christian artist Jeremy Camp will take the grandstand stage at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range in price from $25 to $40 and can be purchased online at www.jerichoconcerts.com. Daily fair admission is $7 for anyone age 7 and older. Children under 7 are free. Prior to the fair opening, adult season passes for ages 10 and over cost $30. Youth season passes for those between the ages of 7 and 9 are $15. Admission is free for veterans until 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, and for seniors until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, tickets may be purchased at the gate for $2 off admission between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a can of food to be donated to the West Ohio Food Bank. Admission is $2 off on Wednesday, Aug. 23, with a coupon from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the gates only. More information can be found at allencofair.com. Amusement rides will be open each day. On Friday, Aug. 18, rides will open at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Every other day, rides will be available from noon to 11 p.m. Unlimited ride bracelets can be purchased for $25. Wristband specials will be available for $15 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. A schedule can also be found here: http://thecourier.com/local-news/2017/08/15/dustin-lynch-headlines-allen-co-fair/
A Precision Ag Field Day will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 23 at Kellogg Farms, 17392 Township Road 50, near Forest. Registration will be at 8 a.m. Although the event is free, registration is required at go.osu.edu/hardinprecisionagday or by calling the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 by Aug. 16 in order to plan for meals and other event arrangements. Some program highlights: Aaron Heilers, project manager for Blanchard River Demonstration Farms, will discuss water quality and nutrient management goals of the three farms in Hardin and Hancock counties. Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension agronomist, will discuss how edge-of-field research is addressing nutrient management issues in Ohio. Kirt Wells will show how farmers can get started with precision data management to make their farming operation more efficient. Kevin Ward will explain how precision agriculture equipment can be used by the smaller producer. Wells and Ward are from Findlay Implement Co. Logan Haake of Legacy Farmers Cooperative, and Kyle Haselman of Haselman Ag Management will show how farmers can use precision ag data in making accurate soil sampling and fertilizer recommendations. Mike Gilkey of 3D Aerial, and John Fulton of OSU Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering will answer questions about how drone technology is collecting imagery to help grain producers make crop health management decisions. During lunch, Megan Burgess of the Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss cost-share opportunities and local programs that farmers can use to improve nutrient management and address conservation. Harold Watters, OSU Extension agronomist, and Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension educator, will explain how producers can make adaptive nitrogen management decisions to meet the needs of their growing corn crop. Lunch will be provided by vendors, the Ohio Farm Bureau and OSU Extension. Fertilizer certification credit will be available to farmers and commercial applicators for participating in the entire field day. It will be one of the final fertilizer certification programs offered before the Sept. 30 deadline for all farmers and commercial applicators who apply fertilizer to 50 or more acres of crops.
Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio is offering assistance to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The agency has started a new support group which is open to any grandparent living in Hancock County. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the center, 1941 Carlin St.
50 North will host special programs this month. A program at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23 will focus on house cleaning without the use of harsh or dangerous chemicals. Participants will learn how to prepare and use a range of natural products to scour and freshen everything from laundry to windows. Sarah Williams from Willow Moon Botanicals will lead the presentation. Registration and a $10 fee are required by Friday. Call 50 North at 419-423-8496 for more information.
Findlay Old Millstream Toastmasters will host an open house from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library to meet members and observe two speech contests. The event will feature a humorous speech contest, comprised of prepared speeches intended to attain the audience’s interest, attention and laughter; and a table topics speech contest, with club members being given a random topic to speak on for one to two minutes. Findlay Old Millstream Toastmasters’ mission is to provide a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. For more information, email Danielle Shay at email@example.com.