March 1, 2015


Wadsworth native Kaili Mitchell wins Western Horsemanship on Tuesday

Kaili Mitchell, 18, of Wadsworth, took first place in Western Horsemanship — ponies, in the all-ages division.
Mitchell, a member of the Just Horsing Around 4-H Club competed with her mount, Snoopy, who competes under the name Award Ceremony. 
Mitchell said she was judged on the pattern of her entrance ride into the arena, her body position and her ability to maintain the same speed while at a jog and a lope. A lope is a relaxed jog used in Western riding. 
“You have to maintain the same speed while doing the lope and canter, that’s what the judges are looking for,” she said. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Kaili Mitchell, 18, of Wadsworth, took first place in Western Horsemanship — ponies, in the all-ages division.

Mark Szakacs Jr. adds to his family’s demolition derby legacy

Brunswick's Ian High and Medina's Ryan Keaton compete in the second heat of the sub-compact division of the 80's & Newer Demolition Derby Monday at the Medina County Fair. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Father to son, senior to junior. The demolition derby at the Medina County Fair has been a part of Mark Szakacs Jr.’s family since his father won the stock derby in 1978. The Medina resident added his first 80’s and Newer Demolition title in his sixth year in the event, describing the win Read More…

PHOTOS: Cars collide at Monday’s Demolition Derby


Check out these photos of Monday’s Demolition Derby at the Medina County Fair. There was a story about the derby in the next day’s newspaper.

PHOTOS: Scenes from first day of Medina County Fair

Azariah Maurer, 5, of Seville, sits with his 1-year-old brother, Malachi, on a tractor in a John Deere display Monday at the Medina County Fair. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The first day of the Medina County Fair on Monday attracted adults and children alike. The fair lasts through Sunday.

Nathan Stallard, Ciara Farnsworth named Medina County fair king, queen


Nathan Stallard and Ciara Farnsworth were named Medina County Fair’s King and Queen Monday night. “Unimaginable,” Farnsworth said about winning the competition. “I am overwhelmed, shaking and crying.” Farnsworth will be a sophomore at the University of Akron. Stallard will be a senior at the Medina County Career Center. Four young men and nine young Read More…

Medina County veterans get salute at this year’s county fair

Director of Medina County Veterans Services Edward Zackery interviews World War II veteran Ralph E. Waite, of Medina, about his service in the 99th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Seven decades ago, Ralph E. Waite, of Medina, took a trip on the famous ocean liner Queen Mary. It wasn’t a pleasure cruise. Waite was one of 15,000 young American soldiers ferried across the Atlantic to fight in the European Theater of World War II. Waite was in the 99th Infantry Division and fought in Read More…

PHOTOS: Goats, other farm animals on display at Medina County Fair

Hundreds of goats, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits and other farm animals are on display at the Medina County Fair, which starts today and runs through Sunday. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina County Fair begins

Dana Thur, 10, of Seville, poses with her horse, 9-year-old Sierra. This year is Dana’s second year competing at the Medina County Fair. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

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 Read More…

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 Read More…

Family Entertainment Center offers free fun for everyone

The fair’s Family Entertainment Area is expanding. Located behind the community center the Entertainment Tent will feature daily family entertainment and music by Excalibur Entertainment DJ Service. Besides daily music, Excalibur Entertainment will conduct several In It to Win It contests as well as karaoke and game show trivia during the week and, best of Read More…