November 20, 2014

Medina
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Medina County Fair ends on a high note, cleanup begins

MEDINA — Steamy weather and some rain showers weren’t enough to stave off county fair-goers.

In fact, attendance looks up compared with last year, fair board members said.

Randi Breese, of Lodi, throws a toy for her 6-year-old border collie Crazy Parker during a Dock Dog event Sunday at the Medina County Fair. Crazy Parker jumped 21 feet, 5 inches. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MICHELLE SPREHE)

“I think our attendance was excellent this year, despite the hot weather,” fair board president Chuck Stiver said. “We kind of judge by midway crowds.

“Overall, it looks like we had a really good crowd.”

The official attendance records for fair week won’t be available until Wednesday, he said.

Stiver said he thought the motocross, demolition derby and tractor pull had the best turnouts.

“The motor events do well for us,” he said.

Although Stiver was pleased with the fair’s attendance, he was disappointed by the turnout for the Big & Rich concert, he said.

“Ticket sales weren’t as high as we hoped for,” he said, “but they put on an excellent show.

“Everyone who went said they really enjoyed the show they put on.”

Fair board members have today to catch their breath before Tuesday when they tackle the job of cleaning up all the manure left by the hundreds of animals on display. Then, on Wednesday, they start planning for next year’s fair, Stiver said.

“There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into the fair itself,” he said. “What a lot of folks don’t understand is we exist to promote agriculture in Medina County.”

Stiver said he didn’t know if there would be any major changes to the fair next year because “a lot of people depend on the same things being in the same places.”

But there is one thing he’d like to see different next year.

“We sure would appreciate a little cooler weather,” he said, “but that’s way out of our control.”

View fair competition results here.

Contact Michelle Sprehe at (330) 721-4048 or msprehe@medina-gazette.com.