170th Canfield Fair ends with flourish

Staff report


Labor Day, the last day of the Canfield Fair, was met by sunshine and temperatures in the 80s, capping a week of beautiful weather that sent attendance soaring above 2015 levels.

The 170th Canfield Fair ended with a visit from a presidential nominee visit, a free concert , a rooster-crowing contest and final animal judging.

Thousands came out Monday to see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump make an appearance.

In place of the canceled Ohio Statewide Championship Demolition Derby, The Willis Clan, a family of 12 children whose performances are a mix of the family’s Irish roots and other music, performed for free at the grandstand.

During the morning, harness racing, the annual rooster-crowing contest, the 4-H Saddle Horse Show and the Open Draft Horse Pig Iron Derby kept fair-goers busy.

Trump’s afternoon visit had thousands lined up along the midway.

A few days before, fair-goers gathered to cheer on Hillary Clinton surrogate Vice President Joe Biden, who made an appearance at after speaking at the United Auto Workers Local 1714 hall.

The fair board was happy to have both guests this year, President Andy Frost said.

“It’s been a good year so far,” Frost said Sunday night.

“Attendance is up. This is beautiful fair weather. It just couldn’t be any better.”

Through Sunday, attendance was 263,513, compared with the 2015 five-day total of 244,008, for an increase of 19,505.

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