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LIMA — Ventriloquist Darci Lynne, an “America’s Got Talent” winner, headlines entertainment at the Allen County Fair, which opens Friday and continues through Aug. 25 at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima.
“Darci Lynne and Friends” will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the show range from $30 to $55, with $100 VIP seating available. The ticket price does not include general gate admission to the fair.
In other entertainment, a pair of tribute bands will be featured Sunday night. New Frontiers, featuring Journey songs, and Fleetwood 2 The Max will headline a free show beginning at 7 p.m.
Other traditional fair events include the Kewpee Showcase Of Bands, harness racing, a demolition derby, tractor pulls and a livestock scramble.
Daily entertainment programs include the Bengal Tigers, BMX Stunt Show, Jungle Island Zoo, Bear Hollow Wood Carvers and Crazy Mike V as the Village Idiot.
Daily admission to the fair is $7 for those 7 and older. Admission is free to those under 7.
Season passes, which are good for all nine days of the fair, also can be purchased. Prior to Friday, the season pass costs $30 for those 10 and over, and $15 for those ages 7-9. After the fair begins the season pass is $35 for those 10 and over, and $20 for those ages 7-9.
All-day wristbands for amusement rides are $25. Prior to the fair, wristband vouchers are $20. Special $15 wristbands are available from noon to 5 p.m. Monday and noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Fair highlights include:
The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. every Saturday through August.
Areas open to visitors will include the restored 1843 house; reconstructed summer kitchen; restored workshop; 1850s kitchen garden; an outdoor bake oven; and extensive grounds. Docents will be available to interpret the homestead’s history each weekend.
The 1854 barn will be open the last Saturday of each month only. Special activities will take place the second Saturday of each month: June 9 — making butter in the summer kitchen; July 14 — children’s games; Aug. 11 — working with tools in the workshop.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and younger and members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.