Preble County, Ohio – Events Schedule – 2018
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Preble County offers many local festivals such as the Preble County Pork Festival, Lewisburg Derby Days, Camden Black Walnut Festival, New Paris Apple Fest, West Alexandria October Festival.
The pride in local history is reflected at the Preble County Historical Society, the remaining seven covered bridges and even in the Christmas song "Up on the House Top" that was written in New Paris by Rev. Benjamin Hanby back in 1864.
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February 23 & 24 – Antique Tractor Pull – Expo Building – Lloyd Lee – 336-2025
March 1 – 3 – DeKalb Super Pull – Preble County Fairgrounds – Expo/Bruner Building Mike Butcher 937-645-0960
March 9 – 10 –Rabbit Festival – Preble County Fairgrounds – Expo
March 18 & 19 – Dorset Sheep Sale– Preble County Fairgrounds – Bruner Arena
April 13 – 15 – Preble County Business Expo – Preble County Fairgrounds – Expo Building, Eaton, Ohio (Fri. 3pm-8pm & Sat. 10am-4pm) Preble County Chamber
April 14 – Pig Sale Bruner Arena – Don Michael & Sons
April 15 – OVKA Points Race #1 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
April 26 – 29 – Fort St. ClairDog Show Preble County Fairgrounds, Eaton, Ohio
April 29 – OVKA Points Race #2 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
May 6 – OVKA Points Race #3 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
May 7 – 12 – Banner Sheep Show & Sale – Preble County Fairgrounds
May 18 – 19 – Relay for Life – Preble County Fairgrounds – FFA building and grandstand area – Contact Darian Rader 937-733-9534
May 20 – OVKA Points Race #4 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
May 12 – 14 – Ohio Dorper Showcase Show & Sale – Preble County Fairgrounds – Expo & Bruner
May 30 – June 3 – National Road Yard Sale – Route 40
June 3 – OVKA Points Race #5 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
June 16 – OVKA Points Race #6 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
June 16 – Bridges Bikes & Blues – Preble County Historical Society
June 30 – July 1 – OVKA Points Race #7 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
July 15 – OVKA Points Race #8 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
July 21 – OVKA Points Race #9 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
July 7 – 8 – Smokeout – Preble County Fairgrounds
July 28 – August 4 – Famous Preble County Fair
August 2 – 5 – Route 127 Yard Sale
August 5 – OVKA Points Race #10 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
August 11 – OVKA Points Race #11 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
August 12 – OVKA Points Race #12 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
August 16 – 18 – Lewisburg Derby Days–Lewisburgcontact Park Harry 937-962-4377
September 9 – OVKA Points Race #13 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
September 15 – 16 – Preble County Pork Fest
September 22 – 23 – New Paris Apple Fest – Old School house
September 22 – OVKA Points Race #14 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
September 29 – OVKA Charity Race G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218
October 13 & 14 – Octoberfest – West Alexandria – Peace ParkA wonderful Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, held annually in a beautiful community park for 46 years. Come and enjoy a peaceful Fall weekend with handmade crafts and delicious food, much of it home made by local organizations. E-Mail Address firstname.lastname@example.orgLocation
October 21 & 22 – Black Walnut Festival – Camden, Ohio 937- 452- 3076
November 23 – Annual "White Christmas" Celebration– 6:00 PM Located in Downtown Eaton Parade begins at Eaton Middle School, E. Decatur Street at 5:30 p.m., Courthouse lawn lighting, Eaton Area Community Choir, Christmas Carols by 2nd Graders, Christmas Music by Eaton High School Band & a visit with Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus & lots of Door Prizes. For information contact Patty Wagner 937-456-1705
December 1 thru 31Whispering Christmas ALL Month – December 1st thru 31st from 6 pm – 10 pm each evening. Located at Fort St. Clair Park, Eaton, Ohio. Features lighting display and visit with Santa Claus on Wed., Fri., Sat., & Sun. from 7-9 pm up until Christmas eve. For information contact the City of Eaton at 937-456-4125
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These tender juicy chops don’t need any barbecue sauce covering up their big, meaty, savory flavor. They are quite tasty dressed up just as they are.
Ever since we came up to Ohio from Florida about twenty years ago, we have continuously been enamored of the local fall festivals that pick up at the end of August and run through late October. Among these has been the Preble County Pork Festival, in Eaton, which, in years past, has been a craft-a-palooza and arts fest loaded to the hilt with fair foods tdf. And among these has been the line-up of open fire grills, charring one tasty brined chop after another, the smoke wafting high into the air. We could smell them long before we ever got there, savoring every breath in wicked anticipation of the treats ahead. We were *never* disappointed.
Pork chops being grilled at the Preble County Pork Festival
And recently, I had come across a food piece in the Dayton Daily news claiming to have the secret recipe for the flavor in their chops. You have got to know that I was interested. Eaton is, after all, a bit of a drive from here and I would rather relax and grill at home *any* day. But I was dubious.
For one thing, these chops are not cooked in a skillet.
Secondly, the amount of salt looks suspiciously like a brine, not a baste.
But o.k. I went along with it after seeing some nice looking chops on the meat counter. This recipe does kind of demand a thicker chop. But upon stirring up the mixture and giving it a taste (I *always* taste things when mixing and cooking), the sugar balance is waaaay off. Usually with other people’s recipes, I have to scale the sugar way back. But here it was decidedly missing.
So I have adjusted the recipe, used the *baste* as a brine, grilled them instead of pan-frying, and am actually pleased with the results. Yeah, *this* tastes like a Preble County Pork Fest Pork Chop.
But should you wish to prepare this recipe the way the Dayton Daily News suggests, follow this link: Pig Out on Pork. I think you should make the recipe that suits you best. If you do decide to make my version of their recipe, drop me a comment and let me know how it turned out. Or even if you like their better, for that matter. I don’t stand on protocol here.
It’s all about the food.
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 3 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
- 2 pork chops (3/4-in. thick)
- Stir together brine ingredients until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour over chops in a ziplock bag, then marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
- Next day, bring the chops to room temperature and drain from the brine while heating the grill.
- Grill chops until about 145-150 degrees F. in the center, then remove from heat and allow to rest before cutting (they will continue to cook to about 5 degrees higher.\
- Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting into the meat.