All’s fair in Trumbull this week

For the 168th consecutive year, the Trumbull County Agricultural Society will mix heaping helpings of entertain- ment, enjoyment and education to create a delightfully appetizing feast better known as the Trumbull County Fair.

The 2014 fair, which officially opens Tuesday and runs through next Sunday, remains a red-letter week on Mahoning Valley calendars. And why shouldn’t it?

The fair provides educational value as it harkens back to the county’s rich agrarian roots and reinforces the ongoing importance of agriculture to the county’s economy and the Mahoning Valley’s vitality. The exhibitions of Trumbull’s best and biggest horses, cows, pigs, goats, rabbits chickens, produce and more provides tens of thousands of fair-goers with an in-your-face reality check on the hometown labor of love that plays such a critical role in feeding hundreds of thousands of Valley residents.

The fair also provides healthy-sized portions of entertainment and thrills. This year’s edition features old reliables from tractor pulls and demolition derbies to skillet tosses and cow dress-ups. New this year are the Marvelous Mutts performing acts of amazing agility in pools of water. Musical entertainment reverberates daily from live acts on the fairgrounds’ Bicentennial and Historical stages.

The fair also provides a great bang for the buck. Unlike many other county and state fairs, at $8 a pop [lower prices for young children and seniors], fair-goers enjoy unlimited exhibitions, entertainment and grandstand acts plus all the thrill rides they can pack into a day.

Clearly, it’s time this week for Valley residents to close those FaceBook pages for some face-to face interaction on the fairgrounds, easily accessible from state Route 5 in Bazetta. With warm and sunny weather forecast through much of the week, here’s hoping the 2014 Trumbull County Fair wows record-setting crowds.

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