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Acclaimed comedian headlines 173rd Canfield Fair

CANFIELD – Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias headlines the 173rd Canfield Fair.

The fair kicks off Wednesday with opening activities set for Thursday. Iglesias and pop-rock band Pentatonix with special guest Rachel Platten will perform the two concerts on Monday and Sunday, respectively.

Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world and was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 40 Comedy Players of 2018 issue alongside comedy giants Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Lorne Michaels.

Unlike many in the stand-up world, his globally appealing comedy stays mostly clean and his non-controversial material appeals to audiences of all ages and walks of life. He has also had the distinct honor of being one of the few to headline and sell-out Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and the Sydney Opera House. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 380 million views and over 14 million followers across social media.

Iglesias is the star and executive producer of the multi-cam comedy series on Netflix, “Mr. Iglesias,” and stars in two stand-up comedy specials for the network.

He also stars in STXfilm’s animated feature “Ugly Dolls” alongside Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Blake Shelton and Nick Jonas. On the small screen he was a recurring guest star on the ABC sitcom “Cristela” and guest starred in ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family.”

Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-Platinum-selling Pentatonix has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe.

Their YouTube channel boasts more than 14.5 million subscribers, yielding over 3 billion video views.

Their 2015 self-titled album is certified gold after debuting on Billboard’s 200.

Additionally, nine of their albums reached the top 10 on Billboard’s 200 chart (two at #1), and received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold selling albums and singles. The group has had two holiday specials on NBC, released their tour documentary, “On My Way Home,” in 2015 and appeared in the feature film “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Rachel Ashley Platten is an American singer and songwriter.

After releasing two albums independently in 2003 and 2011, she signed with Columbia Records in 2015 and released her debut single, “Fight Song,” about depression which peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, topped charts in the United Kingdom and peaked within the top ten of multiple charts worldwide.

Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster as well as for purchase at the fairgrounds office.

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 open draft horse pig iron derby at 6 p.m.

Opening ceremonies on Thursday include the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. at the future site of the convention center at the corner of Wetmore and Goshen drives and Junior Fair Youth Day Program featuring the coronation of the 4-H king and queen and the junior fair Outstanding Youth Award at 2 p.m. on the concourse stage. There is also a free high school band concert featuring marching bands from local schools at 11 a.m. at the grandstand.

Friday’s activities include the World’s Largest Demolition Derby at 8 p.m. at the grandstand, as well as Harness Racing with pari-mutuel betting at 11 a.m. at the grandstand, the Arts and Crafts one-day special Canfield Fair “Wonderful Waffles” Contest at 1:15 p.m. in the Hay and Grain Building and Bike Nite beginning at 3 p.m.

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. Also, for the first time, there will be Weiner Dog Derby racing at 11:30 a.m. at the grandstand.

In addition to the Pentatonix concert, Sunday’s activity slate will include the Junior Saddlehorse Drill Team at noon in the north ring, Draft Horse Exhibitor’s Show at 1 p.m. in the east ring and the Dress-a-Cow Contest at 1 p.m. in the south cattle complex. The Rooster Run will also be held at 8 a.m.

The fair closes Labor Day with the Iglesias concert, plus Harness Racing with pari-mutuel betting at noon, a Rooster Crowing Contest at 9:30 a.m. in the south ring and the 4-H Saddle Horse Show at 8 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 CanfieldFair.com. 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.

Cost of admission is $8 for adults 13 and over and $3 for ages 7 to 12. Reduced admission is available Wednesday, Thursday (youth day: children under 12 free and youth 13-17 $3), Friday (senior day: 62 and over $6) and Monday (adults 13 years and older $6 and ages 7 to 12 $2). Children 6 and under receive free admission daily. Parking is free.

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The 4-H Royal Court and the Most Outstanding Youth candidates of the Canfield Fair were published in this past Sunday’s Salem News.

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