July 24, 2016

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Fair entry deadline is Monday

Judy A. Totts | The Gazette

MEDINA — From its very beginning, the Medina County Fair has served as a showcase for home-grown produce, cookies and cakes, hand-stitched needlework and all creatures great and small raised on
the family farm.

The tradition started 164 years ago with exhibits on the village green before Medina became a city and continues today with opportunities for participants to show off their best items, animals or skills in 20 different departments — from Holsteins and honey to paintings and potted plants.

The price of a $10 mini-ticket, which provides two admission tickets to the fairgrounds plus one that allows exhibitors to pick up their entries Sunday night, gives artists, bakers, needlecrafters, gardeners, collectors and kids a shot at a blue ribbon and a little bit of prize money.

Children are encouraged to bring collections such as Hot Wheels, buttons, Beanie Babies, Polly Pockets and baseball cards. If art is the name of the game, young Picassos can enter their masterpieces. Many departments feature junior divisions.

To help streamline the process, the Medina County Agricultural Society asks entrants to obtain premium books that supply contest information, complete entry blanks and to pay their fees by Monday at the fair secretary’s office, 710 W. Smith Road. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
Regular fair office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The fair will run 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 3-8 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Daily gate admission is $5 for ages 12 to adult, and $2 for senior citizens (65 and older) and children ages 2 to 11. Children younger than 2 are admitted free.

First-day fair admission will be “Free ’til Three” Aug. 3, with rides opening at 5 p.m. that day.

Membership and season tickets also are available for $24. For information, call (330) 723-9633 or visit www.medina-fair.com.

Contact Judy A. Totts at (330) 721-4063 or religion@ohio.net.