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The gates officially opened Wednesday to the 167th Canfield Fair. For many, that means finding their favorite fair food.
“We eat our way through the fair,” said Marilyn Mannion of New Middletown.
Salem resident Jessica Slocum said she never misses a chance to get fried cheese from Antone’s.
“It’s the best food here,” she said.
Antone’s is celebrating its 40th year at the Canfield Fair. They hired 17 people to work the fair this year and make their two fair favorites, cavatelli and fried cheese.
More than 300 food vendors are scattered across the fairgrounds, which kept Mahoning County Board of Health inspectors busy on Wednesday.
“The health department will be on the fairgrounds all weekend,” said health board director Mary Helen Smith. “There are 13 inspectors. It will take us two days to do all the food stands. We start over again Friday.”
It was a soggy start, but that didn’t stop local cheerleaders from taking to the grandstands for their performances.
A total of 14 local squads from area schools marked the beginning of the fair with “Spirit Day.”
A new and improved phone app is being touted by fair officials this year. Upgrades to the app that was introduced last year includes daily schedules, parking information, entertainment schedules and exhibit details along with other tabs.
The Junior Fair beings Thursday with shows, judging and auctions that run through Sunday. Band concerts and Bike Night are also scheduled for Thursday.
Returning this year, is the Faces of Fair photo montage. The compilation features faces of more than 4,000 fairgoers from last year placed into an image depicting a vintage tractor. It is the last year the fair will compile the montage.
“If you love the Canfield Fair as much as most of us do, then you want a permanent record that you were here and you participated,” said artist Suzanne Gray.
New this year at the Canfield Fair is the Global Art Project for Peace, also at the Fine Arts Building. You can add your fingerprint to a large banner as part of an international art exchange.
For a full list of events, click here.