Opening Day: Heavy traffic as Canfield Fair kicks off

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Canfield Fair officially opens Wednesday, bringing a flood of cars and pedestrians to the area.

Due to heavy traffic, police are urging motorists to use caution in the area and consider using an alternate route utilizing Leffingwell Road. Express routes have been set up by police to help motorists from out of the area find their way to the fairgrounds.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Bret Henderson recommended taking Tippecanoe Road or Raccoon Road to get to Leffingwell, or using Western Reserve Road to get to the general area.

Officers want fair-goers to be patient and use caution.

“When you’re coming off 11, or you’re on 224, wherever you’re getting into the fairgrounds, you need to be alert at all times,” Henderson said. “At any moment, traffic can really back up, depending on when people decide to come to the fair.”

The fair features several special events Wednesday to kick things off. At 8 p.m. the Happy Together Tour takes the stage with musical favorites spanning the 50s and 60s, featuring the music of The Turtles, The Association, and the Buckinghams, to name a few.

Wednesday is also miniature horse and pony day with judging and competitions scheduled through the day.

The Band Perry is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m.

Over 900 vendors are set up the fair and attendance is expected to reach near 300,000 over the six-day period, running from Wednesday Sept. 2 through Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7.

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