The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

Lots of free entertainment at County Fair

VW County Fair information

Did you know that the Van Wert County Fair has all kinds of free things to do?  With paid admission into the fair, area residents can hang out all day and enjoy an eclectic array of talent, from local dance teams to a wood carver.  Sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation and a list of additional community sponsors to be found on the fair website at, fairgoers can save their money for french fries and enjoy lots of free entertainment and events.

In addition to the many free activities happening throughout the fair, every night at 7 there will be performances held in the Entertainment Tent.

Blair Capman CD cover 8-2014Thursday night features the band Polly Mae, who held performances earlier this month at the Mercer County Fair and will perform Friday in St. Marys. Polly Mae features lead singer Jodi, who grew up in Waynesfield and has been singing since the age of 3. The band has been known to open for acts such as David Alan Coe and perform at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 at CMA Fest.  Polly Mae’s singles, “What I Drink” and “Come As You Are”, are currently playing on local country radio.

A Bowling Green native, 18-year-old Connor Rose, performs Friday night  with more country tunes, while Saturday night “take the 1957 hands of Jerry Lee Lewis, the 1957 look of Elvis Presley, and the raw energy of those two artists to get piano pumpin’, thumpin’ rockabilly kid Blair Carman!”

Sunday at 7 it’s back to country with Cook & Belle. This Muncie, Indiana, duo is said to mix “raw passion, soul, and a gospel influence into a hit country sound all its own.” Over the past 10 years this duo has opened for artists such as Dierks Bentley, Randy Travis, Rascal Flatts, Joe Diffie, The Charlie Daniels Band, Tracy Lawrence, Lonestar, Sara Evans, and more.

Finally, The Broken Lights band rounds out the evening entertainment selection on Monday, September 1, performing its farewell performance in Van Wert County. The band’s genre is blues rock, as Tyler Cochran, original band member, explains on his Facebook post August 7after the Miami County Fair show: “This will be the last Dayton area show that The Broken Lights will play, and will only be followed by one additional show at the Van Wert County Fair September 1 … After that, The Broken Lights will disband to pursue other ventures.”

POSTED: 08/19/14 at 7:13 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News