OTTAWA A parade Saturday night will help kick off the 163rd Putnam County Fair.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. on Main Street in Ottawa. The theme is Pioneer Days to Modern Ways.

The fair, which officially opens Monday and runs through next Saturday, is the first in the area each year.

It will feature a demolition derby; a tug a truck event; a Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Show three times a day for children; a kiddie tractor pull; harness racing; and an Ohio craft beer tasting.

The kiddie tractor pull will be held Tuesday, and registration closes at 1:15 p.m. that day. Head to the Junior Fair Building to watch. For rules, visit

Harness races will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at the grandstand. For information on entries, visit the fairs website.

An Ohio craft beer tasting is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the entertainment tent.

On Friday, a tug a truck event is to be held at 7 p.m. at the grandstand. More information is at

The demolition derby will be at 7 p.m. next Saturday at the grandstand. Visit for more information on how to register.

One-day fair admission for adults and children over the age of 10 is $6 per person. Season passes and membership passes are each $25.

Seniors over 65 and veterans will be admitted free on Monday. Children under 16 will be admitted free until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday, a carload of people can be admitted for $20 from 5 p.m. until close.

A fair schedule will be published in Saturday’s Courier.