Canfield Fair…. Each year we tried to get up into Ohio, of course were from Ohio so it’s not just a random state we go to, we know our way around, it’s home for us. Each year we try to go to the Canfield Fairgrounds on Labor Day the fair goes for two weeks until Labor Day.The Canfield Fair is the largest county fair in the state of Ohio.
There are many rides, plenty of exhibits, and best of all any kind of fair food you would care to eat. The farm animals and the kids that spend hours taking care of them just to win a ribbon or a trophy amaze me. There are chickens roosters rabbits pigs goats you name it and you’ll see it.
A great part of the fair is to see the old steam engines and they actually have them working from old steam shovels to pump’s two about any other kind of steam engine you can imagine the people that run just love to talk …it’s a very large fair but it doesn’t feel that way.
Our favorite thing is to see is the largest pumpkin they always have a queen and a king pumpkin and we always try to guess the weight before we get in the door. There’s also a back in time town that you can spend time in and go through the old houses and see the way people lived years ago.
The Mahoning County Agricultural and Horticultural Society, founded at Canfield, Ohio, back in 1846, established its Grand Annual Fair to bring together the people and their products to compare notes and relate experiences. The first fair was held on the village green, or commons as it was called then, and included a small livestock show, a plowing contest, and a horserace or two. Early fairs were attended primarily by gentlemen, who dressed for the occasion in suits and top hats or fedoras. Ladies, dressed in long skirts, high-necked blouses and bonnets, were relegated to gathering in the First Congregational Church building, where they displayed their homemade products and food preserves.
When the original fairgrounds were established, they were small in area, and the buildings consisted of a few sheds. From time to time through the years, additional land was purchased and better and more spacious buildings added. The Floral Hall was built in 1869, reportedly by the same man who built Canfield’s Old Courthouse Building. Other early fair buildings included a Music Hall and a Mechanics Hall.
The fair has always provided a common meeting ground for those who live in towns and cities. Exhibits of new household and industrial products are an incentive to the farmer, and a whole a day spent at the fair offers insight into the agricultural world for city folks.
Western Reserve Village on the south end of the fairgrounds is a reconstruction of pioneer life in Mahoning County, with the buildings brought here from their former locations and carefully preserved. Authentic herb gardens have been planted around the buildings, just the way they might have been when gardens were necessary to provide food and medicines.