May 30, 2015

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BMX cyclists ride the skies at Medina County Fair


Freestyle BMX — the most spectacular version of bicycle motocross — achieved the peak of its popularity decades ago. But the sport has found a way to continue to fly high at county fairs and community festivals. Solutions Action Sports has been producing BMX and motocross shows for the past five years. This year they Read More…

PHOTOS: ATVs sling mud off tires at county fair’s motocross event

Dan Hoisington (71), from Medina, and Nicholas Walkuski, from Medina, battle in the ATV A race during the motocross at the Medina County Fair. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Check out these photos from the motocross event at this year’s Medina County Fair. Check Thursday’s Gazette for a story and more photos.

Longtime 4-Hers honored at breakfast, awarded scholarships

Twenty-five Medina County senior 4-H teenagers were honored for their outstanding leadership, community service and project achievements. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Twenty-five Medina County teenagers were honored Tuesday at the county fair for their long involvement in 4-H programs. “Some of them have been involved in 4-H for 10, 11, 12, 13 years,” said Bill Harris, a 4-H educator at the county Ohio State University Extension, “so many of them have been here for most of Read More…

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)