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Many Valley businesses offer their wares at reduced prices



Published: Sat, September 4, 2004 @ 12:00 a.m.



For sundries, hygiene products and baby necessities, there's the General Store.

By MARALINE KUBIK

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

CANFIELD -- Fairgoers may be fans of the food, the entertainment and the attractions, but bargain hunters may get the best deals.

Shopping at the fair can net savvy consumers more than one bag full of goodies. Everything imaginable is available and all at fair-special prices.

Aside from the food, livestock and dairy products auctions, fairgoers can find bargains on everything from shingles and gutter guards to leather boots and saddles, cell phones and satellite dishes, hot tubs and wood burners, cosmetics and cookware, photo buttons and Christmas ornaments, trinkets and jewelry, even subscriptions to The Vindicator, and the list goes on and on.

Scooters and power chairs, some priced $1,000 below Disable Mobility Center's regular prices, are available at the Newton Falls company's booth in the Commercial Building #22. Everyone placing an order also receives a certificate for a free relaxation massage, said Carrie Pounds, office manager and certified massotherapist.

How about a piano?

At Valley Piano & amp; Organ's display, buyers are treated to special manufacturer's rebates, which are applied to purchases made at the fair. The Hermitage, Pa., retailer has been exhibiting at the Canfield Fair for about 10 years and usually sells about a dozen pianos and organs, said salesman Jim Knoll. "You definitely get the best deal here," Knoll said.

At the Pet Spoilers tent on Miller Street, fairgoers can pick up collars, leashes, hats and coats for Fido as well as pet identification tags -- engraved while you wait -- and religious medallions.

The ID tags run from $4 to $7, St. Francis medals are $8, hats are $6.25 to $8.50, and harnesses start at $8.

John Westwood of Reno, Nev., has been selling the pet merchandise at fairs and festivals around the country since he retired in 1993.

Inside the Fruit, Hay & amp; Grain building, a variety of items are available.

Baird Bros. Sawmill Inc. has solid maple cutting boards and bread boards from $5 to $20.

Baird Bros. started selling the cutting boards last year and sales went so well, said Scott Baird, one of the partners, that the proceeds covered the price for their spot.

The cutting boards are also available in the company's Canfield showroom and through its Web site.

Apples are available by the piece or by the bag, along with cups of apple cider, apple-flavored candy and plastic apple "sippers" at Ed Tesner's display.

The apples are 50 cents each or $2.50 for a 3-pound bag. Cups of apple or cherry cider are 75 cents, jugs are $3.

Years ago, Tesner operated Ed's Farm Market in Austintown. He said he doesn't make much of a profit at the fair but likes to see all of his old friends and customers.

Tesner also drove a school bus then, and would pass out apples to all of the kids at Christmas, he said. Now, many of those grown-up kids stop to visit him at the fair.

Columbiana-Mahoning County Beekeeping Association, also in the Fruit, Hay & amp; Grain Building, has local honey for sale: 12-ounce honey bears cost $3.25, 1-pound jars cost $4.50, 2-pound jars $8.

General Store

For sundries, gifts, hygiene products and baby necessities, there's the General Store. Manned by volunteers, proceeds from the General Store benefit local charities. Fairgoers benefit from the lower-than-retail prices, said Paul Davidson, who has been volunteering at the store for five years.

What's also nice about the General Store, added Davidson's son, Paul, also a volunteer, is that fairgoers can buy only what they need -- one dose of aspirin rather than a whole bottle, one diaper rather than a whole box.

In the spirit of offering fairgoers bargains, The Vindicator offers subscriptions at a special rate: $32.50 for 13 weeks. The regular price is $40.30. New subscribers who prepay are also treated to lunch at the Greek Gyros stand next to the newspaper's tent on the main concourse.

kubik@vindy.com




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