August 29, 2015

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81 entries compete in draft horse and pony hitch show

Joseph Baxter | Special to The Gazette This year’s Draft Horse and Pony Hitch Show at the Medina County Fair included 81 entries and 186 horses were showed overall. The show, which lasted 4½ hours Friday, featured 16 categories, divided into men’s, ladies, and youth divisions for various hitch types that included one to four Read More…

Medina County Fair attendance hits 80,000 despite Little Big Town cancellation (PHOTOS)

Food stands were bustling with customers at the Medina County Fair on Sunday afternoon, the final day of fair week. Fair officials say they expect more than 80,000 people attended the fair this year. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Fair officials expect that more than 80,000 people attended the Medina County Fair this year, matching or possibly surpassing last year’s numbers despite a major entertainment hiccup. The fair’s headliner act, country music band Little Big Town, canceled its performance a week before the fair opened. The band was scheduled to perform Thursday night, but Read More…

Area band reaches new crowd at Medina County Fair

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Jonathan Yokiel | Special to The Gazette Yearbook is a classic rock band that has been together for more than 20 years. But Thursday night was the first time the band, made up of Medina natives, had played the Medina County Fair. As soon as they started playing, many audience members began singing the words Read More…

Volunteers keep fair running safely and smoothly

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Thanks to the hot and dry summer air, many Medina County Fair visitors this week are retreating into the buildings across the grounds in search of shade and a breeze, even if it comes from big electric fans. As they crowds look over crafts, goods for sale and farm animals, security officials quietly sit in Read More…

Things to know: GOP debate, change in Ferguson, Jon Stewart’s final show

In this Thursday photo, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks to reporters before addressing the Republican Party of Arkansas Reagan Rockefeller dinner in Hot Springs, Ark. (AP PHOTO)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP-INSPIRED DEBATE DRAMA UNSETTLES GOP FIELD When the billionaire businessman didn’t rule out running as a third-party candidate, if he doesn’t win the nomination, it sparked fresh waves of anxiety within the Republican Party. 2. WHICH KEY Read More…

Medina County Fair: Rough Truck drivers are crowd pleasers

Hinckley’s Craig Codeluppi competes in the Modified Divisiion of the Rough Truck event Wednesday at the Medina County Fair. Below, Medina’s Chris Piatt competes in the Stock Division. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Flawless runs brought the crowd alive at the Rough Truck competition Wednesday night at the Medina Country Fairgrounds, but the loudest cheers were saved for the spectacular failures. The event featured seven modified trucks and 55 stock trucks and cars speeding, bumping, rattling and sometimes crawling over mounds of dirt, through a mud Read More…

It’s all fun and games at the Medina County Fair

The Shark Tank is one of the arcade games offered at the 2015 Medina County Fair.

Hannah Wasylko | Special to The Gazette The chances of winning a game at a fair or carnival may appear slim. However, at this year’s Medina County Fair, some young winners beat the odds. “You get to win a toy and get happy,” Cooper Estes of Medina said while holding several prizes. He and his brother, Read More…

County Fair demolition derby: Taking home the hardware

Ian Anderson (58) of Brunswick slams into Mark Barzal of Sharon Township in the No Protector Division feature. Below, Matt Segedi of Medina (12) hits John Harper of Grafton during the Compact Truck/Vans Division. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The margin of victory was one hit Monday at the ’80s and Newer Demolition Derby at the Medina County Fairgrounds. Unfortunately for Grafton’s Cary Squires, his hit on Amherst’s Chris Zurcher had an unintended result. Squires’s hit killed his 2001 Lumina. “It just overheated,” Squires said. Zurcher and his 1988 Pacer survived the Read More…

County Fair motocross: Riders on fast track to success

Austin Mckee (middle) of Medina gets ready to launch from the starting line during his race at the Medina County fair motocross event Tuesday night. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A dry track at the Medina County Fairgrounds led to fast motocross racing Tuesday night. The event, put on by the Ohio Motocross Association, was the second of the OMA Faircross series. A big winner was Berlin Heights’ Carson Nealey, who captured the 85cc Senior and Super Mini classes. “It’s a pretty nice Read More…

With pride, students show pygmy goats at Medina County Fair

Seven competitors at the 2015 Medina County Fair are shown with their pygmy goats during the placement competition. (ALYSSA MURRAL / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE)

Alyssa Murral | Special to The Gazette “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” The 4-H pledge signaled the start of the pygmy goat show Tuesday at the Medina Read More…