August 3, 2015

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Rain soaks fair attendance for 10K drop from last year

Fairgoers on the “kite flying” ride get a bird’s eye view of a stunning sunset Friday. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The Band Perry giveth, but the rain taketh away. Medina County fair board members are blaming cold rainy weather for lower admittance numbers for the fair this year. Fair director Dave Bertram said attendance figures for Sunday, the last day of the fair, aren’t in yet. But he expected the final tally to be down Read More…

Sole rider to best the bull wins event at Medina County Fair


Eight seconds on the bull is all Brandon Davis, of Lodi, needed to qualify for the first round. “It felt like an eternity,” said Davis, the champion bull rider of Sunday’s competition put on by Buckin’ Ohio at the Medina County Fair. Davis took the lead after the first qualification round with 82.5 points out Read More…

School’s out but the superintendent is going in the drink

Katie Wilkinson, 10, of Wadsworth, tries to sink her school superintendent Andy Hill Friday during a picnic at the Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth, in celebration of the bicentennial. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

WADSWORTH — It’s not an opportunity many students get, but Friday morning 10-year-old Katie Wilkinson was able to dunk her school’s superintendent in a tank of water. After a few pitches, Andy Hill, superintendent of Wadsworth City Schools, splashed into the dunk tank at a bicentennial picnic Friday at Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive. Read More…

Gazette reporters sample favorite fair foods

Gazette reporter Nick Glunt takes his final bites of a “porktato” prepared by Bam Bam’s Backyard BBQ at the Medina County Fair. The dish is a baked potato filled with bacon bits, shredded cheese, a scoop each of sour cream and butter, and topped with pulled pork and barbecue sauce.  LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE

There exists a place where the dough is fried to perfection and the veggies are anything but healthy. It’s a place where almost every food stand is a Mecca for grease and sweets, and visitors can gorge themselves without fear of humiliation or embarrassment. That place is the county fair. Ever since I was a Read More…

The Band Perry headlines Medina County Fair

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Trish Tonjes had tickets to go see The Band Perry at the Medina County Fair on Thursday night, but that morning The Band Perry came to see her. Tonjes got a call Friday morning from a public relations representative asking if the band members could work out at her gym, Edge Fitness Center, 919 N. Read More…

Wissel brothers have solid night at Medina County Fair motocross race

Harley Lucas (62) and Chase Witmer battle it out in the last turn of the Schoolboy race during the motocross at the Medina County Fair. Lucas went on to win the race. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — It was a tale of different levels of competition for the Wissel brothers in their motocross races Tuesday at the Medina County Fair. The Medina 15-year-olds finished one-two in their first Super Mini bike race, with Tyler coming in ahead of Ryan. But the brothers’ second race showed a different result, as they Read More…

Joey Hughes Trio wins Battle of the Bands at Medina County Fair

Evan Graham, Medina, plays guitar as Chase Johanson, Medina, sings Wednesday afternoon during a Battle of the Bands competition at the Medina County Fair. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Young musicians got their first taste of fame during the annual Battle of the Bands at the Medina County Fair. Winning the $500 prize for first place was the Joey Hughes Trio. Second place, along with $200, went to Walking in Circles. Th3 Royal Skam took third place and will receive $100. A total of Read More…

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…