Oct 4th, 5th, 6th, & Oct 7th

2017 Theme - Supporting First Responders

Planning is underway for the 2017 Aurora Farmers Fair. Mark you calanders now, it will be here before you know it.

2017 Grand Marshals

2017 Aurora Farmers Fair Grand Marshalls Josh Daugherty, Jeff Lane, and Edward Opp.

Grand Marshal's are Joshua Daugherty, Jeff Lane, and Edward Opp.

Joshua Daugherty, was raised in Ohio County, and graduated Rising Sun High School in 1993. Josh received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, at Vincennes University, in 1997. Josh worked at the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department in Richmond, KY from 1997-2000, completing his education at EKU, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. From 2000- 2001, Josh worked with the Ohio County Sheriff Department before coming to Aurora Police Department in 2001. At Aurora PD, Josh worked as a Patrolman, then Sergeant, and was appointed Chief of Police in 2014.

Josh is married to Mary Copeland Daugherty since 1995, lives in Ohio County and they have two children Daniel 16, a sophomore at Rising Sun High School, and Megan 9, Grade 3 at Rising Sun Elementary School. Josh enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. The family has attended the Rising Sun Church of Christ for almost 20 years. Josh enjoys working with the Aurora Police Department and serving the citizens of Aurora.

Aurora Fire Chief Jeffery Allen Lane is a 1983 graduate of South Dearborn High School. He joined the Aurora Fire Department Company 1 in September, 1986. He has been involved in the Department’s Fire Safety Program since becoming a fireman. Jeff graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1988 and joined Aurora’s Police Department. In August of 1993 he joined the Greendale Police Department. Jeff was a K-9 officer and now serves as Greendale’s Assistant Police Chief.

His commitment to Aurora’s Fire department led to his appointment as Fire Chief in 2000 by then Mayor Richard Ullrich. Donnie Hastings, Jr. continued this appointment when he became Mayor. During his 30 plus years as a first responder Jeff, and the department, have achieved many things. Jeff has been an Indiana Certified Firefighter since joining the department. He has since become an Indiana State Certified Fire Instructor II/III and most recently an Indiana State Certified Arson Investigator. He is also a Certified General Instructor for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Chief Lane was honored with an Indiana’s Jaycees Outstanding Young Hoosiers Award in 2001. In 2003 he received the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Medal of Valor. He was a recipient of the Indiana Fire Marshal’s Meritorious Service Award in 2010.

Jeff and wife Shana are the proud parents of Kalicia, Eric, Sara and Abigail and grandson Gavin. He enjoys working with youth, especially coaching soccer and basketball. He was recently elected to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation Board.

Edward Opp is currently the President of Aurora Emergency Rescue. Ed came to Aurora EMS in February of 1989 because he was looking for a way to better serve his community. Already a volunteer fireman for the Hogan Township Volunteer Fire Department, Ed quickly became addicted to the excitement and satisfaction of helping others in the community in their time of need. Ed became an Emergency Medical Technician in 1990 and his volunteer career flourished. Working up through the ranks of the fire department, Ed became Fire Chief and held that position for many years, retiring as Chief from the Fire Service after a 30 year run in 2017. Ed continues his tenure with the Aurora Emergency Rescue Service as an Emergency Medical Technician and President, a position that he has held for many years.

Ed has spent much time over the years working with community leaders, EMS and Fire organizations in a joint effort to improve the services provided to the community. He has served on the Dearborn County Enhanced 911 Communications Committee, Dearborn County EMS Alliance, Dearborn County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Dearborn County Hospital EMS Audit and Review Board.

Ed and his wife Monica raised their two children, Dustin and Kyle in the community they love. His wife and children have been very supportive during Ed’s service to the community and they, themselves, have spent many hours volunteering their time for the Hogan Fire and Aurora EMS services. While he loves fishing and the great outdoors, he especially enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren. Ed continues his community service with Aurora Emergency Rescue as well as his career as a Commercial Marine Surveyor, Marine Accident Investigator and Private Investigator.



Special Attraction this year will be a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. This will be on display every day of the fair. The 911 Steel is a partnership between the Cincinnati Fire Museum and The Goodtimers Foundation. For more information on this traveling memorial and the local partnership, please go to www.911steel.com

National Pedal Puller & Racers sponsored by Main Source Bank and Haag Ford will be held on Saturday October 7th. Sign ups start at 1 pm and racing starts at 2 pm. Racing will be for all ages from 4 to adult. Exact catagories to be determaned at the fair and depends on number of competetors. Adults will be Male and Female group.

Chainsaw Wood Carving Auction - We will once again be auctioning off some of the wood carvings created at the fair by Bear Hollow Chainsaw Wood Carvers. This was a great success last year. Auction will be Saturday night, October 7th at 6:30 pm on Stage 2. Carvings will be on display at the Wood Carvers booth during the Fair.

New for 2017

Supporting First Responder T-Shirts.

Thank you to everyone that ordered "Supporting First Responders" shirts for this year. Remember that you can pickup your orders at the Fair Office starting Tuesday Oct 3rd. We still have our regular shirts available at this time at the Fair Office. We will also have a few large and xlarge Responders shirts available. If you did not order one and would still like to get some, please call the office at 812-926-1300 and let them know. We might make a second order if enoungh people are interested.

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