Canfield Fair kicks off Wednesday

CANFIELD- The 168th Canfield Fair kicks off Wednesday, with opening activities set for Thursday.

The fair, which runs through Labor Day, opens on Wednesday with grandstand entertainment including a free cheerleading demonstration from local high schools at 11 a.m. and Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals at 7:30 p.m., including a meet and greet with drivers at 6 p.m.

Opening ceremonies on Thursday include the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and Junior Fair Youth Day Program featuring the coronation of the 4-H king and queen and the junior fair Most Outstanding Youth award. There is also a free school band concert featuring marching bands from local high schools at 11 a.m. and bike night at 3 p.m., both at the grandstand.

Friday’s activities include the World’s Largest Demolition Derby at 8 p.m. at the grandstand, as well as the Arts and Crafts one-day special Canfield Fair “Stick ‘Em Up” Contest at 1:15 p.m. in the Hay and Grain Building and Senior Day Seminars from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 44.

On Saturday grandstand entertainment will include the Canfield Fair Championship Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m., plus the Draft Pony Pig Iron Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. and Harness Racing with pari-mutuel betting at 11 a.m.

Reba McEntire returns to the fair with opening act The Willis Clan at 8 p.m. at the grandstand, while Justin Moore with special guest Randy Houser performs at 8 p.m. Monday at the grandstand. Other Monday grandstand events include the Open Draft Horse Pig Iron Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. and Harness Racing with pari-mutuel betting at noon. Monday will also feature a Rooster Crowing Contest at 9:30 a.m. in the South Ring and the 4-H Saddle Horse Show at 9 a.m. in the North Ring.

Daily 4-H and open judging for animals is available morning to night at both ends of the fairgrounds. For the full judging schedule visit There are also daily free exhibits including giant pumpkins, antique and modern farm equipment and machinery, handmade garments and crafts, fruit and vegetables, live entertainment and displays from local 4-H groups, school districts and granges.

Parking is free and guided senior citizen shuttles will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Cost of admission if $8 for adults 13 and over. Reduced admission is available Wednesday, Thursday (youth day: children under 12 free and youth 13-17 $3) and Friday (senior day: 62 and over $6). Children 6 and under receive free admission daily. Rides cost $15 Wednesday and Thursday, and $20 Friday through Labor Day.