CANFIELD FAIR | Biden exits the fair, after greets, eats

CANFIELD — Vice President Joe Bidenhas left the Canfield Fair after spending almost an hour shaking hands, posing for pictures and enjoying fair food.

At the Antone's restaurant booth, he ordered spaghetti and meatballs and a bottle of water amid heavy security presence by Secret Service and Mahoning County Sheriff deputies.

Inside the county Democratic Party tent, he was greeted warmly by party faithful. County Chairman David Betras is by his side as is ex-Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Biden's entourage that arrived at the fair 20 minutes ago included 26 vehicles. Along for the ride are a Vindicator reporter and photographer who have been with the vice president since his speech earlier at the United Auto Workers Local 1714 union hall.

Next, Biden will tour some neighborhoods in Youngstown that received assistance from the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.

Barbara Hallwood, 82, and her sister, Kathy D'Amico, 71, were waiting for Biden with "Joe My Man" pins and Hillary Clinton signs.

The two life-long Democrats of the Mahoning Valley believe in the Democrat leaders because they are for the middle class people.

"Our dad was a steel worker way back in the early 1930s," Kathy said.

For them, it's exciting to have Biden come out and see the fair, a Valley tradition.

"We grew up at the fair," Barbara said.

Fair officials are happy to have Biden, and any other politicians visit the fair, Board President Andy Frost told The Vindicator.

"He was here a couple years ago, and we're happy to have him," he said. "We welcome him."

While fair officials do have to coordinate some of the logistics of hosting high-profile guests, Frost said it's not an issue for the fair.

"It's not a burden, we just have to do some different things" like getting the motorcades access to certain gates.

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