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Canfield Fairgrounds abuzz with cars, train displays today

CANFIELD — The only thing missing are the planes today, as trains and automobiles flood the Canfield Fairgrounds. Today will see the first Rooster Rally Car Show and Steak Fry, and the second annual toy train show.

The car show is hosted by the Blue Ribbon Wranglers 4-H Club and is sponsored by Fairway Ford and Canfield Rhino. The show is a fundraiser for the new Mahoning County Junior Fair Building. Pat Adams, head adviser for the Blue Ribbon Wranglers, said the idea started about a year ago.

“Our club decided on doing a fundraiser for the Junior Fair complex, and we decided on a car show,” Adams said.

He said the Blue Ribbon Wrang-lers are based in Canfield and has 37 members coming from South Range, Western Reserve, Canfield, Austintown, McDonald and Boardman. Having such a strong number of active members means having the ability to host such an event.

“We will have multiple tasks the day of the car show,” he said. “We will be parking cars, greeting spectators and most of all sharing the dedication to the 4-H program. The steak dinner, which was by presale only, will take place at the Greenford Ruritan building, and the steaks will be cooked in the outside fire pits.”

He said the event will include several food vendors for spectators, along with a petting zoo, a pictures with the pets photo booth, rides, games, face painting, and a cornhole competition with a 50 percent cash payback to the winning team. Teams can enter today.

The event also will have the usual 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction tent with many trinkets and gifts. Admission is free and those entering their vehicles will have a $10 registration fee. Gates will open at 10 a.m. with judging at 3 p.m. and the awards and dinner at 4 p.m.

The event will encompass a large portion of the fairgrounds, except for the Hay and Grain building, where the Canfield Train and Toy Show will take place.

The show will cost $5 to get in (children 12 and under free) and will feature over 150 tables of rare and collectible trains and toys. There is also a scheduled train layout that will be operating.