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CANFIELD FAIR | What you need to know if you are headed to the fairgrounds this week

Here are some gate prices, event listings and other important information about the fair, which runs through Monday.
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The sign at the entrance to the Canfield Fairgrounds. (Photo by Robert K. Yosay | Mahoning Matters)

CANFIELD — Here's what to know about the 175th Canfield Fair, which returns Wednesday, after the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did you know the Canfield Fair is the largest county fair in Ohio and the third-largest county fair in the United States? It was established in 1846. Here is some more fair history.

The 2021 fair runs through Monday. Here are gate prices, event listings and other important information:

Gate prices

Every day: Parking is free and children aged 6 and younger are admitted free.

Wednesday: $3 for ages 7-12; $6 for ages 13 and older; $4 for ages 62 and older.

Thursday (Heroes Day): Free for all veterans, first responders and health care workers, with proper ID; free for ages 12 and younger; $3 for ages 13-17; $8 for ages 18 and older.

Friday: $3 for ages 7-12; $8 for ages 13 and older; $6 for ages 62 and older.

Saturday and Sunday: $5 for ages 7-12; $10 for ages 13 and older.

Monday: $2 for ages 7-12; $6 for ages 13 and older.

You can purchase tickets here.

Event highlights

Wednesday: Senior Day, with shuttles running throughout the day.

Thursday: Youth Day, opening ceremonies at 11 a.m., complete with a C-130 flyover by the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Junior Fair auctions in the evening. Thursday is Heroes Day, which includes free admission to all first responders, veterans and health care workers with proper identification.

Friday: Senior Day, Bike Night at the grandstand, followed by the world’s largest demolition derby in the grandstand, Junior Fair auctions in the evening.

Saturday: Wiener dog derby, harness racing in the grandstand, truck and tractor pull in the grandstand in the evening.

Sunday: Greenford Christian Church service in the grandstand in the morning, a first fiddler’s contest during the day, Darius Rucker at the grandstand in the evening.

Monday: Rooster Crowing Contest in the morning, Junior Fair auction in the morning, followed by Shinedown at the grandstand in the evening.

A full listing of events can be found here.

A new app

A new app will help fairgoers navigate the fairgrounds. It's available to download for free in the Apple App Store and on Google Play by searching "Canfield." The app includes:

• A one-stop shop to buy tickets in advance for grandstand shows and admission;
• Direct links to the Junior Fair livestock auctions for online bidding;
• An interactive GPS map that allows you to pin and name significant locations so you will never wonder where you parked or which food vendor has the lemon shake refills;
• An interactive schedule of events which will help you plan your day;
• A comprehensive list of the vendors;
• A push notification system that will allow alerts and updates to be sent in the event of an emergency.

If you are old school, here's a map of this year's fair.

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