Delaware County Fair Kicks Off Today

The Delaware County Fair kicked off today in Manchester – and this is a special year as the fair marks its 150th anniversary.

Fair Manager Jeannie Domeyer says they’ve compiled some of the fair’s 150 year history in a commemorative booklet with lots of photos and information, including how the fair came to call Manchester “home”.

The booklets are free and will be available throughout the week at the fair office and throughout the fairgrounds.

Monday of fair week is a big day for 4-H and FFA members as their projects are judged in the pavilion. The Dog Show was also held at 12:30 pm, the Horse Show starts at 3 pm and the Pen of Three Show begins at 7 pm.

The fair parade kicks off tonight at 7 pm, with line-up at 5:30 pm. And Manchester Fire Chief Mike Ryan reminds everyone there is a slight change in the route due to street construction.

We’ve posted a map of the parade route on our website at Former fair board members will be serving as the parade’s grand marshals. And don’t forget to bring along some spare change as the Manchester firemen will once again walk the parade route collecting donations for their “Fill the Boot” campaign to raise money for the MDA.

And after the parade tonight, stop over at the fairgrounds (free admission all day) for a special opening ceremony – it’s another new addition this year in honor of the fair’s 150th.

Upcoming events this week include Motocross Races on Tuesday night, Big Air ATV Show and Christian music concert with Jordan Feliz on Wednesday night, the Hot Air Balloon Glow on Wednesday and Thursday nights (with lift-off on Thursday morning), the Martina McBride country concert and former fair royalty reunion on Thursday night and 4-H Alumni Day and Cheap Trick VIP Night concert on Friday night. Saturday’s event include the Truck, Tractor and Semi Pull and Pop Rocks concert, along with Draft Horse Show all weekend. And the fair wraps up Sunday with the Demo Derby. The Budweiser Clydesdales are on display Wednesday through Sunday, 4-H and FFA shows throughout the week and plenty of free grounds acts too!

For more details on this week’s Delaware County Fair, check out