Plans are in full swing for this year’s Great Geauga County Fair which will be celebrating its 200th year.
After the huge success of last year’s fair, Director Paul Harris expects this year to be even better.
“Last year went extremely well, we had a fantastic crowd, grandstand shows were all sold-out and everyone was happy to be back out,” said Mr. Harris.
Plans have been in place for several years for the Bicentennial celebration and Mr. Harris said they have added an extra day with the fair running from Wednesday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 5.
“This year we added Wednesday and this will be a day for celebration,” said Mr. Harris. “The gates will open at noon and we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony.”
Mr. Harris said each year before the fair is over the planning for the next year’s fair begins.
“It’s a giant puzzle and everything has its place,” said Mr. Harris. “Everything spins off the other event so disrupting an event or schedule has a domino effect and it takes the team and staff to keep moving things forward.”
This year, the fair board will be inviting several statewide dignitaries and will showcase a display that is being put together.
On Wednesday, rides, buildings and the midways will be open and the admission will be free which includes a show in the grandstand that the evening.
Events for the fair will include a concert from country artist Tracy Byrd on Wednesday, as well as fireworks on both Wednesday and Sunday nights.
Other events will include racing pigs this year, a royal Bengal tiger show, demolition derby, tractor pulls, a rodeo and the Great Geauga County Fair Band.
“The fair is all about teamwork from the beginning to the end and the fair board works with our staff to put the pieces of the fair together,” said Mr. Harris. “But the countless volunteers from around the county and outside come together to make it all happen.”
Ticket prices will be the same as last year with Wednesday being free, $8 on Thursday, $10 Friday through Monday, and kids six and under are free.
Mr. Harris said in honor of their 200th year, they will be collecting fair memorabilia from the past and will take old programs, tickets, souvenirs, etc. that can be loaned or donated that will be returned to the donor.
“Planning for this year is huge, we are decorating the grounds, making sure we have ample entertainment, adding categories to our departments for competition, and doing numerous repairs on the grounds to make sure we look fantastic.” said Mr. Harris.