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Summit County Fair celebrates traditions

7/17/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Cody Luther is shown with his steer named “James” during a past Summit County Fair.
Photo: Ken Crisafi
TALLMADGE — The upcoming county fair in Summit County means Ferris wheels and elephant ears, but the event also presents an opportunity 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.

The entertainment schedule is also brimming with music, dance, magic and other forms of family entertainment.

The Summit County Fair runs July 22 through July 27 at the Summit County Fairgrounds, located at 229 E. Howe Road in Tallmadge.

New this year, 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.

Also new this year is a Toys for Tots drive July 23. Visitors can bring in a new toy to donate for $3 off the price of general admission, according to fair officials.

General admission to the Summit County Fair is $6 per person, with children ages 7 and older 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. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Rides begin operating at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and at noon on all other days, 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.

On July 24, 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 July 25, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the concert at 7. 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 Tuesday 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 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 de-signed by the Summit County Farm Bureau will offer antique farm implements, along with displays, including an old time drug store, 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.

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