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Summit, Medina fairs celebrate traditions

7/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

From left, Morgan Bracken, Rachel Ewald and Marissa George, of Medina, are shown with their sheep at last year’s Medina County Fair.
Photo: Dale Dong
Cody Luther, of Richfield, is shown with his steer named “James” during a past Summit County Fair.
Photo: Ken Crisafi

TALLMADGE/MEDINA — County fairs in Summit and Medina counties mean Ferris wheels and elephant ears, but the events also mean opportunities to become educated on agricultural life in Ohio.

Farms may be few and far between in Summit County, but fair activities, exhibits and contests highlight the importance of agriculture in society, according to fair officials.

For both fairs, entertainment schedules also are brimming with music, dance, magic and other forms of family entertainment.

The Summit County Fair runs through July 27 at the Summit County Fairgrounds, located at 229 E. Howe Road in Tallmadge.

New this year in Summit County, fair visitors will have the opportunity to participate in an “ag-venture” by visiting eight educational stations around the fairgrounds and collecting stamps at each, said Theresa Call, vice president of the Fair Board. Completed stamp cards can be dropped off at the 4-H booth for chances to win drawings for prizes, she said, and entrants do not need to be present to win.

General admission to the Summit County Fair is $6 per person, with children ages 7 and younger admitted free. Ride passes are sold separately, with day passes ranging from $10 to $15 and individual ride tickets available for purchase. Parking is free.

Fair hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, July 24; 8 a.m. to midnight July 25-26; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 27. Rides begin operating at noon, with final rides for the day taking place a half-hour before closing. Concessions open at noon each day of the fair and remain available during fair hours.

Today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff’s Office will present Community Safety Day in coordination with Family Day at the fair, and admission is free to the fair for all younger than 14. At the Youth Arena Complex, visitors will be able to see K-9 demonstrations, safety vehicles from across the county and Summit County Bomb Squad demonstrations. Metro Health and Akron Children’s Hospital also will land rescue helicopters.

The second annual Country Day at the Fair concert will take place tomorrow, July 25, opening at 6 p.m., with the concert at 7 p.m. Nashville recording artists Will Hoge, David Fanning, Brynn Marie and Akron’s own Mark Leach will perform. General admission tickets are $25, which includes fair admission, with a limited number of VIP pit passes available for $35. For tickets, go to www.summitmainstage.com.

Events including motocross, a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls and a rough truck contest will be held each evening through Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday in the grandstand. To attend grandstand events, the cost is an additional $6 per person for ages 3 and older.

Children’s games will be held in the in Youth Park daily, including different eating contests each day, where prizes are awarded for eating the most lemons, pickles, pizza, ice cream and more.

The Youth Park also will host water balloon tosses, a scavenger hunt, a pet parade and on the last day of the fair, a baby and toddler contest.

Also just for children, a children’s circus will perform multiple showings each day in the Gazebo entertainment area, with children chosen from the audience for participation.

An antique museum designed by the Summit County Farm Bureau will offer antique farm implements, along with displays, including an old-time drugstore, post office, school room, dining area and more to fair guests.

Discounts and full event schedules are available on the Summit County Fair’s website.

For more details, call 330-633-6200 or visit www.summitfair.com or www.facebook.com/summitcountyfair.

Right on its heels, the Medina County Fair will take place July 28 through Aug. 3 at the Medina County Fairgrounds, located at 710 W. Smith Road.

Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older, $2 for ages 65 and older, $2 for ages 2-11 and free for children younger than 2.

Rides will be open at 1 p.m. on Monday; at noon on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; and at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Rides close at 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday. Daily unlimited ride passes are $15, with a special of $10 on Wednesday. Individual tickets for rides are $1, with each ride costing two to three tickets.

New this year, a free BMX bike show will take place daily, and a family agricultural display will feature a mechanical milking cow, according to fair staff.

In the Entertainment Tent, visitors will be able to enjoy daily animal shows for all ages, karaoke contests and In It to Win It competitions.

Throughout the week, a demolition derby, motocross, rough truck contest, old iron demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls and bull riding show will take place in the grandstand. Grandstand event tickets do not include admission to the fair and cost $7 to $9 for each event.

Youth Day, which is July 30, will bring a battle of the bands, with youth bands showcasing their talents during the day and competing in finals in the evening. During Youth Day, students up to 11 years old are admitted free to the fair.

The Band Perry will perform July 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 each. Concert tickets are available only at the fair office or online at www.medina-fair.com.

On Aug. 2, a fiddle contest will return to the fair in the pavilion at 1:30 p.m., with fiddlers from across the state competing for prizes.

The Ohio State Arm Wrestling contest Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. is free and open to both men and women in the pavilion. Participants are assigned to various classed based on weight.

A fireworks show will round out the Medina County Fair Aug. 3.

For more details, call the fair office at 330-723-9633 or visit www.medina-fair.com or find Medina County Fair on Facebook.

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