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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Aug 04

The 178th Greene County Fair

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:10 PM by Jessica Cromer

The last day of the Greene County Fair is tomorrow!

Tonight, Friday, August 4, you can still catch the OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pulls at 7:00pm, and The Motown Sounds of Touch at 8:00pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, August 5, is scheduled to include the Strongman Contest, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Cheerleaders entertainment act, ATV / Truck Drag Races, and Jessie Lyn Fischer and The TNT Band from the Lebanon Grand Opry House & The Shotgun Band, among other fair festivities.

These days, the fair generally takes place at the end of July / beginning of August.
The Greene County Fair is the oldest, longest continuously operating fair west of the Alleghenies.

Greene County Fair Brief Timeline:

1833 – The Greene County Agricultural Society is first mentioned in the Commissioners’ Journal in June

1834 – The Greene County Agriculture Society was officially organized on July 30

1837 – State Legislature made fairs possible

1839 – The first recorded fair was held in and around the Court House square

1840 – The fair was moved to land near Xenia on Columbus Pike

1886 – Land was platted and known as the “Fairground Addition" to the City of Xenia in April

2000 – A tornado hit the fairgrounds and destroyed 17 buildings and all the large trees on the property

2002 – The fair was rebuilt and up and running in July

Let’s journey through the years with some Greene County Fair Archives…

An 1867 Fair certificate
Fair 1867 Certificate

1961 Building permit for horse barns
Fair 1961 Horse Barns Bldg Permit

1963 Fair program
Fair 1963 Program

1968 (August) Country Living page 11
Fair 1968 Ad Country Living Aug p11

1968 (August) Country Living page 11 Fair advertisement
Fair 1968 Ad

Various Fair ribbons
Fair Ribbons

Now, to back up a little in time...
Below is the envelope front and back to the letter below it. Notice the date on the letter - 1942.

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Also in this envelope was the contract that includes "NOTE: This contract subject to cancellation if fair cancels due to war conditions."
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And finally, the "Plot of Trotting Ring on Xenia Fairground" by early Greene County surveyor Washington Galloway - our regular on #FieldbookFriday on Facebook and Twitter...
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County Fairs – Encyclopedia of Chicago

Fair – Wikipedia (

History of Fairs – International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) (

@greenefairfun on Facebook for updates and information
#GCF2017 on Twitter

Hope you enjoyed this brief timeline of the Greene County Fair and a few archives...

Until Next Time!


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