The 159th annual Paulding County Fair will soon begin and the grand old Grandstand will be reverberating with the excitement and the thrills of harness racing for three nights beginning Monday, June 10, at 5 p.m. with full racing programs the same time on Tuesday (June 11) and Wednesday (June 12) as well. It is the official start of the 2019 Ohio Fair Racing Conference season and, after a long winter’s worth of preparation, the colts and fillies are ready to strut their stuff.
Paulding is where it all starts for the two and three-year-old Ohio-bred pacers and trotters as Speed Committee Director Gus Davis and his team puts them on the first step of their journey hopefully to fame and fortune.
The historic fairgrounds will also commence the summer-long Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series on Wednesday, June 12, where the gals get to showcase their driving abilities and the co-featured Paulding County Pace is contested too.
Be sure to stop by the Racing With The Stars Tent to play the Fan Game for prizes as several new events are offered for 2019 such as “Stump the Experts” as we try to keep veteran announcer Bill Peters on his toes. Paulding was also the inaugural premier last year of Text Trivia as the popular contest kept folks guessing and winning right through Jug Week and into the Fair finals.--By Thom Pye for Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association