General daily admission is $8 per person, including free admission to rides and entertainment during the fair. Season passes are available for $24 and permit daily admittance to the fairgrounds. Membership in the Gallia County Agricultural Society, the sponsoring agency for the fair, is $2, and only entitles members to vote in the annual directors election in September. It does not guarantee admission to the fair.
Children under 2 are admitted free (no ride privileges), and seniors are admitted free with their Golden Buckeye Card on Tuesday, Aug. 4 only. Parking is free.
The fair opens with a dedication ceremony on Monday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. on the main stage of the Gallia County Fairgrounds, although judging of various projects and livestock shows begin that morning and continue until Thursday, culminating in the Master Exhibitor program in the show arena at 7 P.M. Thursday.
The Little Miss Gallia County Contest starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday on the main stage, followed by the Little Mr. Gallia County Contest at 7:30, sponsored by the Gallipolis Lions Club.
The Fair Queen pageant is at 9:30 p.m. on the main stage. Thirteen candidates are in contention for the crown now worn by 2008 Queen Carissa Gilmore, and they are Brittany Burnett, Gallia Academy High School; Megan Daines, South Gallia High School; Emily Hammond, River Valley High School; Amy Meeks, Gallia Academy; Rachael Merry, independent; Ashley Miller, South Gallia; Molly Moore, River Valley; Janelle Parsons, Gallia Academy; Kaci Shoemaker, Gallia Academy; Kayla Smith, River Valley; Melissa Stump, Ohio Valley Christian School; Lauren Swisher, River Valley; and Carli Wallenfelsz, Gallia Academy.
Tuesday, Aug. 4, is Religious and Senior Citizen Night, highlighted by four-wheel drive truck and semi pulls at 6:30 p.m. on the pulling track, and a performance by Karen Peck and New River on the main stage at 8:30 p.m.
Top Wednesday, Aug. 5 events include motocross at 7 p.m. on the pulling track and Chuck Wicks on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 6, Eddie Money will be the main entertainment on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Field stock tractor and stock gas 4-by-4 pulls are on the pulling track at 6:30 p.m., with the annual Kiwanis youth program set for earlier in the day at noon.
Friday, Aug. 7 will see the first of sales events at the show arena at 9 a.m. with the 58th annual market steer sale, followed by the 27th annual tobacco sale at 10 a.m. and the 51st annual market lamb sale at 10:30 a.m. The 49th annual market hog sale is Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m.
Friday will also see the sanctioned tractor pull at the pulling track at 7:30 p.m., with Roman’s Highway and Southern Thunder Band taking the main stage for an 8:30 p.m. show.
The demolition derby will be a major highlight of the fair’s last day Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., with Rick K and The Allnighters closing out the program with a main stage show at 8:30 p.m.