Canfield Fair wrapping up

Canfield Fair. Sept. 1, 2015

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Sunday marked a huge attendance increase for the Canfield Fair as compared to 2014, according to official numbers obtained by WKBN.

The fair saw 73,464 attendees pass through its gates, as compared to only 53,752 on Sunday in 2014, when there was rain.

Monday is the last day of the Canfield Fair, and lots of people are taking advantage of the Labor Day attractions.

About 73,700 people attended Saturday, up nearly 200 from Saturday in 2014.

Friday was a bit slower at the Fair than the past year, as just over 42,000 people came to the event, down 4500 people as compared to 2014.

Tickets are a little cheaper Monday, as kids from ages 7 to 12 will only cost two dollars to get in, while adults are six dollars, instead of eight.
Attendance numbers for 2014:
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

Cleaning up after the Canfield Fair is big job, and it starts right away.

The fair president said more than 60 civic groups, made up of more than 1,000 people, volunteer their time during the fair.

Some sell food and clothing, while others are on cleanup detail.

They keep busy for the six days that the fair runs and have a lot of work to when the fair gates close Monday night.

“We’ve got another show here in two weeks with Dave and Ed Swap Meet, so we have to get the grounds whipped up and back in shape, cleaned up and ready to go again, we never shut down,” Canfield Fair President Craig Myers said.

The fair’s organizers will start planning for next year’s event as soon as this year’s edition ends.

One woman who has been present at quite a number of the fairs is Dorothy Jane Koutnik, 92, She is from Salem and made her first trip to the Canfield Fair when she was four years old.

Koutnik said her grandmother bought her a tooth pick holder with the date on it so she could always remember her first fair.

Koutnik lives in Cleveland now, but said she still comes back to town for the fair with her husband. She says a lot has changed, but some things are still the same.

“We always have places that we look for,” Koutnik said. “I always like to go where there’s a cooking class, so I’m down in the arts building, and he usually goes to the pig barn and the cattle barn.”

Dorothy said she loves everything about the Canfield Fair and that she and her husband have also been to the Texas and Oklahoma state fairs.

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