Big bills go along with a big fair

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Fairgoers don’t typically consider how much it costs to put on such a large event, but the electric bill alone for the Canfield Fair adds up to six figures.

Jeffrey Depp of Greenford doesn’t know how high the number is but guesses it has got to be pretty large.

“I don’t quite know the exact statistics, but it has got to be a huge quantity of electricity,” Depp said.

Other guesses were in the “Kazillion” range, according to Irene Calvin of Beaver Township.

Irene Culp of Girard said it’s not something she has considered before; she has her mind on the food.

“You don’t think about the fine details of it all. You think what’s good to eat and what is my favorite thing,” Culp said.

Fair board member Dave Dickey said that during the six-day event, the fairground uses $100,000 in electricity. There are roughly 400 vendors who use about 60 to 100 amps each, enough to power an average home. Vendor fees and admission proceeds help pay for the water and electricity usage.

Calvin said the bill is big but worth it if it gets families to come out to the fair together.

“It’s worth every bit of it if families come out here just to smile and have a good time generation after generation,” Calvin said.

Dickey said the power company prepares for the increased demand for electricity in that area so that the neighbors aren’t affected when everyone starts plugging in.

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