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Breaking down the tent they’ve had at the Canfield Fair for the last 18 years has become less of a headache through the years for Rich and Margie Brady.
In fact, they said, their R&M Concessions stand comes down a lot easier than setting it up.
“It takes us about five days to set up,” Margie Brady said. “And about two days to take down.”
Trinh Dao, the owner of Trinh Oriental Food, who has sold food at the fair for more than 20 years, said his cleanup routine is down to about seven hours.
“Packing away and cleanup is very difficult,” he said.
The fair board said cleanup efforts start at midnight on Labor Day and are expected to be finished by Saturday. The animals are also released on the last day. Rides are removed and shipped to the next fair.
“A lot of our stuff will go to storage,” said fair board member Howard Moff. “The picnic tables, the benches. Often we hire 4-H clubs or civic groups to come in and clean the grounds.”
Artists on Tuesday picked up their entrees at the Fine Arts building. If they missed Tuesday’s deadline, they would have had to pay a fee to get their items.
“And then we’re just kind of tidying up, tearing down flats and cleaning up everything for our six-day fair,” said Fine Arts building superintendent Marcie Applegate.