June 30, 2016

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Something to appeal to every age at Medina County Fair

MEDINA — Bull riding, a BMX bike show and a life-size plastic cow are some of the new attractions at this year’s Medina County Fair, from July 28 to Aug. 3.

The fair board purchased a life-size mechanical cow that can be milked as part of the fair’s agriculture center to promote agricultural education.

“We just wanted to have more for the kids to do,” said Conrad Haneberg, president of the Medina County Agricultural Society Board of Directors.

Fair coordinators have contracted bikers from Solution Action Sports, a sporting company based in Yorktown, Indiana, for a BMX show that will be free and open to the public two to three times a day throughout the week.

Also new this year is a bull riding show put on by Buckin’ Ohio, a family-owned bucking bull ranch in Burbank.

They will also have a “mutton bustin’” sheep event for children and barrel racing.

Other grandstand events throughout the week include a 1980s and newer demolition derby at 7 p.m. Monday, a motocross event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, a rough truck contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, a draft horse and pony show at 9 a.m. Friday, an old iron demolition derby at 7 p.m. Friday, a modified truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m. Saturday and a farm tractor pull at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The fair will also have a school exhibit for preschool through high school children to enter and showcase writing, science or social studies projects that they have done in school.

“Our idea of the fair is to appeal to every age,” Medina County Fair Director Pam Oberholtzer said.

The fair will also have its annual agriculture competitions.

“Our mission is to keep agriculture in front of everyone because many people in our county still don’t know where their food comes from or how it’s processed,” Oberholtzer said.

The fair will end Sunday, Aug. 3, with a fireworks show.

Oberholtzer said a new feature the fair’s board of directors decided to try this year is etickets.

She said etickets allow people to easily choose seating for main events and purchase tickets ahead of time.

Oberholtzer said tickets are “selling like crazy” for the fair’s headliner show: The Band Perry performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

Haneberg said the $35 tickets for the show went on sale over a month ago.

“According to the ticket sales, we’re expecting a big crowd that night,” he said.

Tickets are available only at the fair office, 710 W. Smith Road, Medina, or online at www.medina-fair.com, where a full schedule for the fair is available.

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Katie Anderson covers Medina County government and the city of Wadsworth. She has been with The Gazette since July 2014. Contact her at (330) 721-4012 or via email at kanderson@medina-gazette.com.