Canfield Fair partners with JAC for concerts
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
The Canfield Fair is partnering with JAC Management of Youngstown to book this year’s grandstand acts, and will begin using Ticketmaster as the ticketing agent for those shows.
This new partnership represents the first time the two local entities have worked together and the first time the fair has used Ticketmaster.
In recent years, the fair board had been working with Klein’s Attractions of Illinois as its show producer, said George Roman, the fair’s head of grandstand entertainment. The board was not displeased with Klein’s, said Roman.
“We’ve worked with them for many years, but sometimes you need a change,” he said. “The Canfield Fair and its board of directors knew that the time was right to make the entertainment stronger at the fair and to move to a partnership with organizations that have a larger, more global reach.”
As show producer, JAC contacts all parties and prepares the contracts, said Roman.
The fair will announce its grandstand concerts on Monday. Patrons who want to purchase tickets can still go to canfieldfair.com, where they will find a link to Ticketmaster’s website. Ticketmaster’s phone sales number is 800-745-3000.
Eric Ryan is the chief of JAC, which also manages Covelli Centre and Packard Music Hall.
“There are so many great traditions in this Valley, but none quite like the Canfield Fair,” said Ryan. “It is a true honor and privilege to be working on such an esteemed and highly regarded event.
“One of our first orders of business was to bring on Ticketmaster as our ticketing agent. The addition of a global company like Ticketmaster is beneficial beyond measure. They are the undisputed industry leaders and they will expand the methods of purchase in a clear online, phone and outlet format.”