July 23, 2016

Partly sunny

Medina County Fair begins today, concludes Sunday

Anna Stallard, 13, of Seville, brushes “Mama,” a 2-year-old American Fuzzy Lop rabbit Sunday in preparation for the Medina County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The 168th Medina County Fair opens today with something old and something even older: Civil War re-enactors and sushi.

Fair board President Conrad Haneberg was driving up North Court Street in Medina when he noticed the mobile sushi truck parked at Sushi on the Roll.

He asked if the owners might take it to the fair.

“I constantly want to offer the people here at the fair something new and different,” Haneberg said. The sushi truck will be at the fair all week except Thursday, when it has a commitment at Blossom Music Center.

Another new food vendor will be a “make your own” frozen yogurt sundae truck.

But, of course, there will be more traditional fair foods: the 4-H malt milkshake booth, funnel cakes, cotton candy, burgers and fries.

The second new attraction, the Civil War re-enactors, will set up camp Tuesday through Sunday at the Entertainment Center.

For first-time fairgoers, Haneberg had this message: “If you don’t have a good time and see something you like, it’s your own fault.”

He added, more seriously, that he wanted to hear from anyone who could suggest improvements to the annual fair.

The fair kicks off today, and continues through Sunday, with daily themes. Today’s theme is Veteran’s Day, and veterans get in for free with proper ID.

Tonight’s grandstand event will be the 1980s and Newer Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.

Tuesday will feature a Motocross show, and there will be a Rough Truck contest Wednesday.

The headliner concert this year is country music star Brantley Gilbert, who will perform 8 p.m. Thursday at the grandstand. Tickets are $33, separate from gate admission.

Friday’s show will be an Old Iron Demolition Derby, with a truck and tractor pull on Saturday. The KISS tribute band Mr. Speed will finish out the week on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

The Medina County fairgrounds were a flurry of activity Sunday afternoon. 4-H club members were dropping off their animals, some food vendors were already set up and rides were ready to go.

Haneberg said he couldn’t say how many people were involved in making the annual event happen — at least several thousand.

The fair itself draws more than 100,000 visitors throughout the week, he said.

The weather is expected to be sunny early in the week with highs in the upper 70s, with some chance of rain and thunderstorms on Thursday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Friday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

“We don’t say the ‘R’ word,” Haneberg said.

The gates will be open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Daily gate admission is $5 for ages 12 to adult and $2 for ages 2 to 11 and senior citizens. Children younger than 2 are admitted free, and weeklong passes cost $24.

For more information, visit www.medina-fair.com or call (330) 723-9633.

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

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