By EMMALEE C. TORISK
The installation of a new 100-foot cellphone tower in time for this year’s Canfield Fair will improve cellphone reception at the fairgrounds and provide better use of the fair’s mobile app, fair directors say.
Last year, many fair- goers had difficulty getting reception on their cellphones, said Craig Myers, vice president of the fair’s 17-member board of directors, at the board’s roundtable meeting Tuesday.
“There was too much usage, but not enough bandwidth,” he said.
The portable AT&T tower, Myers said, will likely remedy this issue.
He added that the new tower will be taken down after the fair.
Bev Fisher, fair manager, said she anticipates the tower will offer an improved experience for users of the fair’s mobile app, which remains mostly unchanged from last year.
The app is similar to the Canfield Fair’s website, www.canfieldfair.com, but also includes a feature that allows users to find their parked cars, as well as ATMs, restrooms and specific buildings, among other locations.
Fair directors made changes to several categories, too, which Fisher said triggered interest.
She added that entries — which closed Saturday and are still being counted — are steady, and that numbers may even be up from last year.
“We have a great facility and great people who volunteer,” Fisher said.
“The public just needs to come out and support everybody, and see what we’re all about.”
The 167th Canfield Fair will run from Aug. 28 through Labor Day on Sept. 2.