Racing returns to Greenville, Ohio, on Friday night, Aug. 15, for the Great Darke County Fair's annual week long race meet. Racing also takes place on Saturday, Aug. 16, afternoon and night, and on Thursday, Aug. 21 and Friday, Aug. 22 in the afternoons and nights. Afternoon post times are 1 pm except for Friday, Aug. 22, it will be at noon. Evening post times at 7 pm.
On opening weekend, Friday and Saturday nights will feature the Ohio Colt Racing Association events. Friday night also will feature The Terry Thomas Memorial Signature Series Trot. Saturday night will feature the Rhys Bowman Memorial Signature Series Pace.
The following Thursday and Friday night sessions will feature the Dr. H.M. Parshall Memorial Futurity. All the sessions will host several overnight events for both trotters and pacers.
Closing night will feature the third edition of the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace. The event is open to the world, with no more than 8 starters; the top eight 2014 money earners entered will have preference, no trainer's entries. The event is carded as one dash for a purse of $30,000, with $200 to start. We also will be introducing the Three Diamonds Open Pace for Fillies & mares on closing night. It will carry a purse of $4,000 and have the same conditions as the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace with $50 to start. The event is new and added to our existing conditions.
Closing night will feature a giveaway of a collectable mug to the first 1,000 fans buying a racing program.
Nightly there will be t-shirt giveaways to the fans in the stands as well as the fans that line the track by the Darke County Harness Horsemen's Association.The Great Darke County Fair wishes to thank all of the sponsors and the warm outpouring of contributions to make this year's events possible. Please check out all the sponsors, activities, & the condition sheets at http://www.generieglememorial.com/ along with lots of photos and information on Hall of Famer Gene Riegle.