Everything came together over the weekend so this year’s Medina County Fair could kick off today without a hitch.
Conrad Hanesberg, president of the fair board, said Sunday evening that the only folks who hadn’t arrived were those coming from the Summit County Fair, which ended Sunday.
Hanesberg said that’s how the hectic lives of fair people go.
“When our fair is over, most of our vendors go straight to Berea for the Cuyahoga County Fair, and then to the Lorain County Fair the week after that,” he said. “There are no breaks for these fair people.”
The excitement isn’t only for the vendors, though: Children and adults alike prepared Sunday for the weeklong animal showing competitions.
Among them was Dana Thur, a 10-year-old Seville native, who is showing a horse, Sierra, for the second year.
“I did OK last year,” Dana said. “I got eight and fifth place, and I only showed two classes.”
She and her family were getting Sierra comfortable in her stable Sunday afternoon.
Dana said she loves riding horses, and the first time she rode one was at the county fair when she was younger.
“I thought they were really cool how you can talk to them and they listen,” she said. “So I wanted to ride them more often.”
Dana said she likes being around horses because they’re almost like people. She said Sierra, who’s 9 years old, usually gets along only with people she likes.
Sierra, who weighs 950 pounds, towered over Dana in the stable. She said the size of the horse doesn’t intimidate her because she knows how to communicate with her.
“You have to have a special bond,” she said. “We do have a bond.”
Dana and Sierra will compete on Wednesday.