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Submitted photoGene Riegle drives Western Hanover during a harness race. The Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the 2014 Great Darke County Fair will feature a purse of $30,000, which is up $10,000 from last year.
Submitted photoGene Riegle drives Western Hanover during a harness race. The Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the 2014 Great Darke County Fair will feature a purse of $30,000, which is up $10,000 from last year.
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GREENVILLE — Harness racing returns to Greenville on Aug. 15 for the Great Darke County Fair’s annual week long race meet.


Racing also takes place on Aug. 16, afternoon and night, and on Aug. 21 and 22 in the afternoons and nights. Afternoon post times are 1 p.m. except for Aug. 22 it will be at noon. Evening post times at 7 p.m.


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. HM 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 eight 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. The Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association also will introduce 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 the existing conditions.


Closing night will feature a giveaway of a collectible 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 and the condition sheets at www.generieglememorial.com along with lots of photos and information on Hall of Famer Gene Riegle.


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