June 30, 2016

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Medina County revs up for annual fair

MEDINA — Embarking on its 165th year, the Medina County Fair showcases the area’s agriculture, ingenuity and love for fair food.

“The fair is place for community and fun,” spokeswoman Pam Oberholtzer said.

The fair begins Monday and runs through Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the county fairgrounds, 710 W. Smith Road.

While some exhibits already are set up, most of the attractions will be wheeled in this weekend in preparation for the more than 100,000 people expected at the fair over the next week.

Oberholtzer said the fair will be a great opportunity for county residents to enjoy traditional fair entertainment along with new attractions that will “spark some interest.”

“Every year we try to have some new attractions to keep things fresh,” she said.

While most of the fan favorites will make an appearance — like the bee and honey demonstrations, Italian sausage sandwiches, sugar-coated elephant ears, livestock shows and the farm tractor pull — some attractions will make their debut.

New attractions include lawnmower races on Aug. 8, Monday’s veterans’ exhibits and $2 admission before
2 p.m., and Buckeye Dock Dogs, which will have dock jump training for dogs along with competitions throughout the week.

The big musical attraction, Oberholtzer said, is the concert Wednesday night at 8 with Blake Shelton and Chris Cagle.

Oberholtzer said the number of people attending this year will depend on the weather. Last year, she said, there were some rainy days that deterred people from the fairgrounds. This year the forecast predicts weather in the low 80s with a chance of showers early in the week, she said.

Fair tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and kids age 11 and younger, and kids 2 and younger are free.

“The fair is one of best values around. There is a lot of free entertainment and families can come out and have a lot of fun,” Oberholtzer said.

Contact Becky Tener at (330) 721-4012 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.