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In Canfield it’s opening day for a Mahoning County tradition

Published: Wed, August 29, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

The Canfield Fair continues to entertain and amaze.

The 166th edition of the fair opens today and runs through Monday. During those days, boys and girls of all ages are guaranteed to find something to enjoy. There is, after all, nothing like the fair to bring out the inner child, regardless of chronological age. And regardless of whether this is someone’s first or fiftieth visit to the fairgrounds.

As little as $2 and no more than $7, depending on age and day of attendance, buys entry into a complex where urban, suburban and rural families can find entertainment and education. For an additional charge there are midway rides and topflight grandstand shows.

For a few dollars more, there is the uniquely American culinary experience of fair food. Much of what’s on the bill of fare may not be what the dietician ordered, but this is a once-a-year event. Sausage sandwiches, french fries, lemon shakes and elephant ears provide a four-course meal that will tide you over for a year, at which time you can come back for more.

For all the other attractions, the fair has not lost its agricultural roots, and 4-H youngsters will be there with their animals — ranging from pocket pets to ponies, from rabbits to sheep, goats, pigs, cows and llamas. There are demonstrations, judging and contests in dozens of categories throughout the fair. Schedules of events have been running in The Vindicator and are available on the fair’s website.

From morning till night

There is not a minute between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. when there isn’t something to do or see at the fairgrounds.

In keeping with a tradition of top-flight entertainment, the grandstand will feature concerts by Blake Shelton and by Martina McBride and Scotty McCreery. There will also be the U.S. National Freestyle Motocross Championship Series, the world’s largest demolition derby, tractor and truck pulls, the pig iron derby and harness racing. ,

But there is no charge for other stellar attractions at the fair, including Western Reserve Village, Old McDonald’s Barn and the antique and steam-powered equipment show. Not far from the antique equipment are displays of the latest in farm machinery. Lining 175 acres of midway there are rides, animal barns, show rings, produce, fine arts and domestic arts and commercial displays. And permeating the midway are the aromas of those traditional foods already mentioned and dozens of other treats.

There is a reason that millions of people have gone to the Canfield Fair during a span that covers three centuries. And it is the same reason that tens of thousands of fans from far and near can’t wait for this week. The Canfield Fair is a fun place to be. Oh, and there’s always something to crow about.


1valleypolitics(88 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

That's nice, but where does all of the money go??? And most of it is cash.

This is the county fair, but Mahoning County doesn't see a penny of revenue from the fair. Who owns the fair grounds? Why are there county workers working there when the county does't get anything back? The elected officials of the county, all Democrats, are treated like dog poop by the fair board which is made up of all Republicans.

Instead of the Vindicator writing a puff piece about the fair, how about an investigation of the fair finances, with an accounting of where all of the money (cash) goes?

But wait, the Vindicator doesn't do investigative reporting because we don't have any corruption here!

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2valleypolitics(88 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Well mstng_sally you must be one of the uneducated Republicans that can't read or just likes to come up with your own facts. I want accountability, not anything for free you idiot. Aren't Republicans for accountability??

Where is all of the cash going? Who is accountable for the people collecting all of that cash? Why does the county provide services and get nothing in return? AND YES, since ALL of our ELECTED officials are Democrats why is the board of the "County" fair all Republican?

How much you wanna bet there's a lot of cash unaccounted for? After 100 years it probably adds up to millions in lost revenue!

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3walter_sobchak(2031 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Please! The fair board is made up of directors that are not compensated but the grounds do have expenses. There are employees that manitain and improve the site. The grounds are used for more than just the annual fair but also by 4-H (those radicals) and other junior groups. Their books must be open to public scrutiny, especially by the state auditor. And, I can guarantee that county employees volunteer to work there in exchange for free admissions. I'll bet the citizens of Greenford, Beloit, Smith twp, etc. are real tired of their tax dollars being used to house the criminals of Austintown and Boardman in the county jail.

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4southsidedave(5006 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

@valleypolitics...What's the beef in this post?

Seems you have a political agenda.

The Canfield Fair is a time to relax and have fun before the end of summer and of course they must account for the monies received.

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5ytown_kills_me(64 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

hate to say it but seriously where does all the cash go ? its a good point and one i have wondered about for years

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6valleypolitics(88 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Skolnick could, instead of crying about an interview with Biden, spend two hours of his time and get us some facts about the fair finances and explain the make up of the board.

Yes I know, I'm asking Mr. Skolnick to actually do his job, but you never know, maybe someday he will.

How's that interview going with Biden David???

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