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WEEKDAY MATTERS | 175th Canfield Fair opens Wednesday

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these events.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Lit Youngstown's First Wednesday Readers Series, originally scheduled to take place at the Soap Gallery in Youngstown on Wednesday, will now take place online via Zoom.]

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this week. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

CANFIELD — Here’s something to crow about: The Canfield Fair is back.

After being limited to just the Junior Fair in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 175th Canfield Fair will open Wednesday at the Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, with exhibits, rides, livestock, crafts, music and, of course, fair food. The fair runs through Sept. 6.

Country music star Darius Rucker will perform at the grandstand at 8 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, click here. Rock band Shinedown will take the stage at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. For tickets, click here.

For more information and a full list of events, visit the fair’s website.

Work of artist Arron Foster to be on display at JCC of Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — The work of artist Arron Foster will be on display in the Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, from Thursday through Oct. 30. An opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibit, "While the Earth Remains,” and his other recent projects have been invested in looking at specific watersheds, namely the Oconee River in Athens, Ga., the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio and the Hocking River in Athens, Ohio, as metaphors for time and change as well as sites in need of advocacy as they have been greatly affected by over development and climate change, a news release states.

Foster received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and art education from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and his Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and book arts from the University of Georgia. 

He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has held academic appointments at the University of Georgia, Kent State University and Ohio University. He is currently the inaugural teaching fellow in the Art and Integrative Core program at the University of Mount Union.

First Wednesday reading to feature Nicole Burdge, Michael Credico

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Readers Series will feature Nicole Burdge and Michael Credico at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Zoom.

To register for the virtual event, click here.

Brian Hill will co-host the readings, which will be followed by an open-mic. The event also will celebrate National Gyro Day.

Burdge, of Akron, is the author of “Lost in Transformation,” which was featured in The Masters Review’s “New Voices” series. She is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program.

Credico, of Cleveland, is the author of “Heartland Calamitous,” which was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection and the 2021 Story Prize. His fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Hobart, New Ohio Review, NOÖ Journal, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West and others.

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