Canfield Fair gives all one last summer fling
Weather forecast for the 2005 edition of the Canfield Fair: Sunny, with temperatures in the high 70s -- now that the remnants of Hurricane Katrina have passed through the region.
Enjoyment forecast for the hundreds of thousands of people who will jam the fairgrounds in Canfield through Monday: Excellent.
Entertainment forecast for music lovers and those looking for a laugh: True satisfaction.
Each year, when we boast that there is something for everyone, we imagine some of our readers saying, "Oh, sure."
But with 159 years of history behind it, the fair has turned satisfying just about every desire and palate into an art form.
Again this year, there will be the tried-and-true: Dozens of barns housing cattle, goats, swine and horses; cute rabbits and geese, chickens and turkeys; produce in all shapes and sizes, including Sumo wrestler-size pumpkins; free performances by high school bands and local musical groups; the sound and fury of the demolition derby; the crowning of the 4-H king and queen; and the Western Reserve Village, a salute to life in a simpler time.
Sunday's Vindicator provided a detailed listing of all the displays, shows, events and entertainment. The page one story and the Entertainment section are worth having with you for quick reference.
Man's best friend
With so much to see and do, our reporter asked fair manager Bev Fisher to pick out some highlights. Here's one: Extreme Canine Show. It's new and can be found across the commercial tent on Goshen Drive. As the story described the act, "Ten dogs, all from animal shelters and rescue groups across the country, will pursue flying discs with leaps, bounds and spins, but beyond their showmanship is a message: Pet adoption is important."
A fair is a learning experience, but it is also about fun in the sun and in grandstand, which will provide music and laughter galore.
Another highlight selected by Fisher is the Zoppe Family Circus, which made its first appearance last year. "They do family-oriented tricks," the fair manager said.
Family fun -- that's the secret of the Canfield Fair's success.
So, get out there with relatives and friends and enjoy yourself at a price that is, well, old fashioned -- compared to the cost of a lot other things, such as gas for your car.