July 29, 2014

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Medina County Fair: Lawn mower race among new attractions as event wraps up

The 165th annual Medina County Fair ended with a bang — and several booms — Sunday night, concluding the week-long event with a lawn mower race and a fireworks show at the fairgrounds.

The grandstands were packed with people for the first ever lawn mower race at the fair. The event featured people riding their mowers on an oval course set up in front of the grandstands.

Pam Oberholtzer, publicity chairwoman for the fair’s board of directors, said she expected the total number of visitors to the fair for the week to be over 115,000. Through Saturday night, more than 107,000 people visited the fair.

Participants in the Medina County Fair’s first ever lawn mower race take a practice run before the competition Sunday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Participants in the Medina County Fair’s first ever lawn mower race take a practice run before the competition Sunday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

“Fair attendance is always controlled by the weather,” Oberholtzer said. “We’ve been really lucky this week.”

Oberholtzer said the board of directors made it a priority to keep the fair as agriculturally focused as possible, giving people from the city a taste of farm life.
But diversity of events is key, she said.

“You could come every day, probably, and see something different,” Oberholtzer said. “We try to have something for everyone.”

Events during the week included a tractor pull, various animal competitions, music concerts and farm demonstrations. The goat competition alone featured more than 200 goats and took more than seven hours to judge, Oberholtzer said. Besides the lawn mower races, new events this year included the DockDogs competitions, featuring dogs of all breeds and sizes jumping off a platform into a pool of water.

“They’ve already asked the DockDogs to come back next year,” Oberholtzer said. “They were truly a success.”

Oberholtzer said the board will meet this week to debrief from the event and start working on next year’s fair.

“We’ll spend next meeting evaluating so it will be something new and different for next year,” she said.

Oberholtzer said the fair board welcomes public input, which can be given on the fair’s website, www.medina-fair.com.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.