July 1, 2016

Partly sunny

167th Medina County Fair has something for everyone

MEDINA — Nothing’s more traditional than a county fair, and a big part of that tradition is offering something for everyone.

Chuck Stiver, fair board president, said people don’t have to come from an agricultural background to appreciate the fair. It’s possible for anyone to get involved in some way through food vendors, crafts and art displays, and a wide variety of music and entertainment for every age and taste.

Alexa Mier, 11, of Medina, leads her horse out to the ring to practice riding Sunday before her competitions at the Medina County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The 167th Medina County Fair begins today and runs through Aug. 5. at the Medina County Fairgrounds, 710 W. Smith Road, Medina.

At the fairgrounds Sunday evening, food vendors, already set up, were cleaning their trailers; rides were ready to open; and livestock and displays were all nearly in place.

The empty grandstands await the crowds.

Stiver said preparations went smoothly Sunday. “We had a great day, actually.”

Fair admission tickets cost $5 for ages 12 and older; cost $2 for ages 2 through 11; and are free for children younger than 2. Senior citizen tickets cost $2.

Today is Veterans Day at the fair, and veterans will get in free.

This year’s headliner will be country duo Big & Rich. The grandstand show will be 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $27 to $32.

The Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt show — a fair first — is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at the grandstand. Tickets cost $5, and the show is based on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

While the fair offers something for everyone, Stiver stressed its farming roots.

“It’s important for children who don’t have a lot of exposure to that to see where their food comes from,” he said.

The weather forecast for the week looks promising for the fair. Today there is a slight chance of showers between 1 and 3 p.m., and possible thunderstorms after 3 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. The high will be about 85 degrees. Tuesday’s forecast is similar, but partly-to-mostly sunny conditions are predicted through Friday.

Stiver said planning for next year’s fair will begin as soon as the fair closes, with the first fair board meeting Aug. 8.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

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