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The Wayne County Fair

September 8th, 2008

I’ve always been a big fan of the Wayne County Fair here in the great state of Ohio.

I remember going every year on fair day (we got a free ticket and a day off school). The fair started this past Saturday. We couldn’t make it to opening day, but we were able to go yesterday (and it was the perfect day – high of 72, partly sunny). So Mr Chiots and I and my mom all headed down to Wooster, Ohio to the Wayne County Fair.

We paid $3 for parking at the special “Boy Scout” area (really we just wanted to support them you can park for free in the field). It’s only $2 to get in to the fair, can you believe that? Nothing costs $2 nowadays. I think the sign must have been painted long ago and they just don’t want to change it.

The fair is full of fun and exciting sights, sounds and smells. We spent the afternoon walking through all the animal and agricultural barns and through all the vendors and the school craft barn (which I always had a few paintings in as a child).

Wayne County is a very agricultural county, it’s full of dairy farms and corn fields (if you notice on this sign Wayne County has been the #1 milk producing county in Ohio for a long time)

It was a great day. You just can’t beat the sights, sounds & smells of the county fair!

Every day this week I’ll be posting a few photos of the fair, so come on back and experience the Wayne County Fair.

What do you love about your local county fair?

8 Comments to “The Wayne County Fair”
  1. Pine Pod Farm on September 8, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I know Wayne County Fair well;), I don’t really care for our county fair here in Holmes County though since it is too bumpy and it floods alot in the location it is in though, we went the year that it flooded and alot of trucks and vehicles got stuck in the mud and had to call for help getting out, it was the day they were taking the rides away though.

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  2. Jennifer on September 8, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Our fairs around here (though not necessarily in the exact same county as us) are pretty neat. The Hardwick Community Fair is the “oldest community in the country” and we went to this years 246th edition! They have cow judging, tractor parades and frog jumping contests for the kids. It’s pretty small by fair standards, but has significantly less junk food, and more people that eat the firefighters benefit barbecue.
    The other fair we love is the Topsfield fair. They’re “America’s Oldest Agricultural Fair.” They have record breaking pumpkins (each year the record gets broken either there, or at a fair in the midwest, probably near you somewhere). Last year we saw the giant pumpkins, they’re on pallets and pretty impressive! It’s a much much bigger fair on permanent fairgrounds. Jeff Corwin’s there, draft horses do their own show, the agriculture and livestock section is huge and takes all day to wander through (and you can feed all the ducks and chickens). They have a whole hut just for honey and beekeeping. I’m hoping to buy seeds this year there from someone local to sow in the garden. :)

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  3. Susy on September 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Oh Jennifer, the Topsfield Fair sounds fun. I keep thinking one year they’re going to have an “organic” vegetable display instead of all the huge ones fed with chemicals. We also have HUGE pumpkins at the fair, photos of those will be up later this week. I wish someone sold seeds at ours, I took a few photos of some interesting heirloom tomatoes I want to try to grow next year.

    This year the Budweiser Draft Team was at our fair. We had a small beekeeping hut as well. I’m hoping to get a hive next year. I need to look up a beekeeping class to take (although my dad & grandpa used to do it so they can teach me).

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  4. MeghanO on September 8, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Sadly, I’ve only been to the Summit County Fair once, and it was years ago… I need to start going to more fairs!

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  5. Susy on September 8, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I’ve never been to Summit County Fair. I feel like I would be disappointed after Wayne County. I would like to go to the Ohio State Fair sometime though. My mom always went when she was little.

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  6. The Funny Thing About the Fair at Chiot’s Run on September 9, 2008 at 10:52 am

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  7. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) on September 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Love the juxtaposition of the pig photos with the food stand! Country fairs are like that — very realistic about animals and our relationship to them. I second the endorsement of the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts, too. We’re also fond of the Brookyn Fair in Connecticut.

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  8. Susy on September 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Maybe I’ll have to plan a vacation someday to visit the Topsfield Fair, sounds like a good one.

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