CANFIELD- The 166th Canfield Fair kicks off Wednesday, offering entertainment for the entire family headlined by country music stars Blake Shelton Sunday night and Martina McBride with Scotty McCreery on Labor Day.
Sponsored by the Mahoning County Agricultural Society, the fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country, comprised of over 350 acres including 178 acres of midway. Visitors can find the typical rides, food vendors and carnival games in addition to a variety of special events, concerts and animal judging, exhibits and demonstrations each day. Daily exhibits also include those of antique engines, tractor displays, arts and crafts, foods and baked goods, county education, 4-H and grange booths, health and wellness demonstrations and the historic Western Reserve Village.
Admission is $7 for ages 13 and older, $2 for youth 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and under. Reduced rates apply to youth under 18 on Thursday Youth Day and seniors 62 and older on Senior Day Friday.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Admission is a reduced $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for seniors 62 and older, $2 for youth 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and under. Guided senior citizen shuttles will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand entertainment includes cheerleading demonstrations at 11 a.m. Judgings include Hay and Grain #26, 10 a.m., Fruit #26, 10:30 a.m., Haflinger ponies at 4 p.m. in the south ring and pony hitches at 6 p.m. in the south ring.
Thursday is Youth Day. Admission is free for all youth 18 and under. The fair's opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. and the Junior Fair Youth Day Program with the coronation of the 4-H king and queen and Mahoning County Junior Fair Outstanding Youth at 2 p.m. on the Concourse Stage. Grandstand events include the school band concert at 11 a.m. (no admission fee), Bike Nite at 3 p.m. and U.S. Freestyle Motocross National Championship Series at 8 p.m. Auctions include market poultry at 5:30 p.m. and Jr. Fair market lamb and swine at 7 p.m., both in Coliseum #8. Judgings include Jr. Fair market swine, Jr. Fair dairy cattle, 4-H saddle horse, pygmy and Angora goats, poultry, draft ponies, Jr. Fair market lamb, grade (46" - 56") ponies, costume class pygmy goats, Brown Swiss and Ayshire cattle, milking Shorthorn cattle, draft youth horse and pony hitches.
Friday is Senior Day. Admission is $5 for all seniors 62 and older. Guided senior citizen shuttles will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand events include the World's Largest Demolition Derby at 8 p.m. Auctions include goat milk fudge and rabbit-meat pens at 5:30 p.m. and market beef and market feeders at 7 p.m., all in Coliseum #8. The judging schedule includes Jr. Fair market beef showmanship, 4-H saddle horse, halter draft horse, sheep, Holstein cattle, registered Welsh ponies, Jr. Fair market beef, grade (46" & Under) ponies, Jr. Fair feeder calf showmanship, Jr. Fair market dairy beef, registered hackney ponies, registered shetland ponies, dog agility demonstrations, Limousin cattle, Maine Anjou cattle, Aberdeen angus cattle, pony hitches, Simmental cattle, Canfield lead line sheep and Hereford cattle.
Saturday's grandstand events include the Draft Pony Pig Iron Derby from 8 to 11 a.m., Harness Racing at noon and the Canfield Fair Championship Truck & Tractor Pull at 7:00. The judging schedule includes Jr. Fair rabbits, 4-H saddle horse, Jersey and Guernsey cattle, registered mini-horse, hitch draft horse, 4-H Fashion Revue, Jr. Fair llama costume class, sheep shearing demonstration, supreme champion dairy, Jr. Fair beef breeding projects, pocket pet decorated cage, pony hitches, beef Shorthorn cattle and dog agility demonstration.
Sunday features Blake Shelton with special guest The Lost Trailers at 8 p.m. in the Grandstand. Auctions include the 4-H dairy cheese at 1:45 p.m. in the South Cattle Complex. The judging scheduled includes saddle horse championships, leadline, costume and hitch class ponies, dog demonstration, sheep shearing demonstration, Jr. Fair poultry showmanship, Jr. Fair goat show, pocket pet breed, Wee Ones showmanship, the Jr. Fair/Farm Bureau "Ag in the Bag," and the Jr. Fair rabbit costume class.
Monday features Martina McBride and Scotty McCreery at 8 p.m. in the Grandstand, as well as Open Draft Horse Pig Iron Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. Harness Racing at noon in the Grandstand. The judging schedule includes Jr. Fair invitational dairy, Jr. Fair goat costume class, Jr. Fair pocket pets showmanship, Jr. Fair llama exhibition, adult dairy showmanship, pony exhibitors show, sheep shearing demonstration, market livestock showmen of showmen and dog demonstrations.
For a full list of daily schedules visit www.canfieldfair.com.
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