July 2, 2016

Mostly clear

Cool weather helps to heat up attendance

Dressed as Little Miss Muffet with a spider, Nikki Piskac and Turbo won second place in Sunday's miniature horse costume contest at the Medina County Fair. Behind her is Linda Wise with My Lins Magic Babe, who won first place. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The miniature horse costume contest was a highlight on the last day of the fair.

“You never know what you’re going to see at the Medina County Fair,” said the announcer over the fairgrounds’ loudspeaker Sunday.

Nicholas Bower and Scout won fifth place in the miniature horse costume contest Sunday at the Medina County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Eleven competitors young and old brought their horses into the ring Sunday afternoon.

Several princesses were in attendance, as well as a horse dressed as a burger and owner dressed as fries.

Linda Wise took home first place with a John Deere-themed costume and Nikki Piskac won second place. She played Miss Muffet, and her horse was the spider. The third place winner was Natalie Phillips as fries and her horse as the burger.

The weather was temperate with little rain throughout the week and fair board president Conrad Haneberg said the good weather made for bigger crowds each day this year than last year.

“The weather has cooperated, and it made it good for the vendors,” he said Sunday.

Haneberg said food vendors generally reported greater numbers than last year, but drink vendors were a little slower.

A record was set Friday when three chickens sold for $4,600 at auction, Haneberg said. He said he wasn’t sure what drove up the bidding.

Some of the most popular grandstand events were the truck and tractor pull and the demolition derby, Haneberg said. The grandstands were full, he said, and a good-sized crowd attended the Brantley Gilbert concert Thursday night.

“It was a fantastic show,” he said. “There was a crowd.”

As for improvements for next year, Haneberg said he would like to see the Family Entertainment Center draw more of a crowd. This year, Civil War re-enactors camped out behind the center, a new attraction.

The massive cleanup for the fair begins Tuesday, after the fair staff has a chance to rest and relax for a day.

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