CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday, vendors were working on last-minute setup to get ready for the Canfield Fair, which begins Wednesday. Those vendors, as well as live animals at the fair, were going through their health inspections.
4-H member Frankie Prozy who attends Jackson-Milton Schools was getting his animals familiar with their new surroundings. They were checked out by a veterinarian. Frankie says it’s an emotional weekend. “It’s exciting and it’s also really sad when they get taken away from you at the end of the fair when they get bought by another farm.”
The fair will have 900 food vendors and expects 300,000 visitors for the event, which is one of Ohio’s largest county fairs. Ron Kotch with the Struthers United Methodist Church food trailer near the grandstand is accustomed to the health and fire department visits. “Make sure your fire extinguishers are up to par and ours are of course, and then when the Board of Health comes in, they’ll actually stick a probe in your hot dog that’s on the grill and it has to be up to a certain temperature.”
Security is also tight at the fair. Several departments, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, are assisting. Fair Board President Craig Myers says, “There’s some undercover, some plain clothes that are here. We have some camera systems that help scan the crowds.” The fair has its own police department, and there are over 200 officers on the grounds during peak hours.
The Canfield Fair runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.