DARKE COUNTY - The 158 Great Darke County Fair is currently underway, and fairgoers may not realize that the grounds have not always closed at midnight. Elaine Fitzgerald of Greenville said she remembers when the fairgrounds closed at 6 p.m. so farmers could go home to continue working.
Fitzgerald, 104, has been recognized as this year’s oldest fair goer.
“[I feel] shocked,” Fitzgerald said while smiling. “I was sure there was someone here who was 105.”
She enjoys roaming around the fairgrounds, eating fudge and seeing the coliseum. She was born on July 2, 1910, and said she has been attending the fair for most of her life.
Although the Great Darke County Fair does not usually recognize a runner up, it made an exception this year for Roy Weikert, 100, who walked to the fairgrounds from the Brethren Retirement Community.
“I walk two miles a day everyday, and I eat a variety of foods, two meals a day,” Weikert said. “There’s hardly any food I don’t like.”
He is originally from Covington, but moved to California, then later moved back to the area. He said he has been attending senior day at the Great Darke County Fair for the past 11 years. He enjoys watching the kids play and seeing the farm equipment. He was born on Oct. 22, 1913.
The contest was sponsored by Gregory Peck Sound, and the winners will both receive cash prizes provided by the Darke County Fair Board and Gregory Peck Sound.