Canfield Fair vendors close out 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — The 168th Canfield Fair is wrapping up its annual run at the fairgrounds.

Attendance is up this year– except for Sunday when fairgoers had to dodge a few raindrops.

Vendors say it was a pretty good week for their pockets, too. And they don’t seem to mind sharing space and money with many of the other vendors you’ll find down endless row after row.

If you couldn’t make it to the Canfield Fair this summer, social media posts of Richardson’s french fries will have to suffice.

“For my friend in Florida, he grew up here in Canfield, and he wanted– he requested that I get fries for him, so this is for Todd,” said Heidi VanAuker, of Canfield.

“What is it about the Richardson’s fries?” “Well look at ‘em! Just look, they’re so good,” said VanAuker.

Molnar’s has several spots to calm your craving for a cinnamon roll– a fair staple for more than 25 years.

“They can walk down each midway and find whatever they want, and they pretty much know that we’re always in the same spot,” said Terry Alberter, Molnar’s cinnamon roll concessions.

Molnar’s and Richardson’s each have about a dozen booths around the fairgrounds.

But there’s only one Andrews hot sausage stand. Shawn Andrews says its location near the grandstand helps set it apart from other vendors.

“Try doing a count of hot sausage and see what you come up with, there are a ton of them, but it hasn’t affected us, it really has not,” said Shawn Andrews, Andrews hot sausage concessions.

“We do watch where we place vendors so we don’t overlap too many places,” said George Roman, director of entertainment/concessions.

Sales are up for Struthers United Methodist Church, serving sloppy joes and other treats parked in trailer that has been in the same spot for more than 50 years.

“People who come back every year tell us they stop back just for our sloppy joe, and I have to say, as I go out I look for some unique type food from another vendors the same way,” said Pastor Doug Theobald, Struthers United Methodist Church.

It’s free to park at the fair, but some people pay the folks who live on Fairgrounds Boulevard $5 to park in their yards.

“They just want a quick route to get in to the fair, and right out, so it’s cool, and it works out. When the fair does well, we do well too,” said Brian Conti, who was kept busy parking cars.

Looks like everyone will go home happy.­­­­­­­­­­­

Attendance at the fair was down a bit compared to  last year. Here are the daily attendance totals:

  • Wednesday       21,442
  • Thursday          38, 616
  • Friday               46,609
  • Saturday           73,524
  • Sunday             53,752
  • Monday             57,602
  • TOTAL              291,545
  • 2013 TOTAL     301,168
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