CANFIELD - Still the largest county fair operated in Ohio's 88 counties, the Canfield Fair is planning a full slate of activities for 2014. Running from Aug. 27-Sept. 1, the fair is entering its 168th year.
Headlining those activities are Grammy winning artist Reba and rising country music star Justin Moore. Joining Reba on Aug. 31 will be The Willis Clan, stars of self-title reality series on GAC. Moore will be joined by fellow country musician Randy Houser on Sept. 1.
If a concert isn't what you are looking for then, maybe a truck and tractor pull sponsored by Full Pull Productions and USA-East, is what you want. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 30, the pull will feature the ever popular Smoker Series.
There will also be a limited pro/super farm tractor, modified 4x4 trucks, semi-trucks, and an unlimited class. The modified 4x4 class is by invitation only and limited pro/super farm competitors will qualify through the USA-East point race.
On Aug. 29, the fair will host the World's Largest Demolition Derby presented by JM Productions. The derby harkens back to the olden days of demolition derbies, before custom built engines and re-enforced frames became the norm. All cars remain factory, with glass and interior, minus the front seats, removed. Doors are chained shut with only the driver's door permitted to be welded shut. Although the noise level is much quieter, the level of destruction is the same.
New to the 2014 fair is the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Prior to the monster truck show, fans can visit the pits during a free pit party beginning at 6 p.m.
There will also be cheerleading demonstrations during the afternoon on Aug. 27, followed by school band concerts on Aug. 28. Other events include bike night beginning at 3 p.m. Aug. 28, harness racing, and the draft pony pigiron derby.
Maybe its the food and atmosphere that draw you to the fair. If that's the case, then the Canfield Fair offers miles of food vendors, animal barns, free performances around the grounds, and rides.
History buffs will love the Western Reserve Village, which features restored historical buildings, the antique farm machinery and Antique Carriage Museum.
Those looking to see farming aspects up close can view the daily milkings in the milking parlor. Those brave enough can even attempt to milk a cow by hand.
With this and more available every day, there is more than enough reason to give the Canfield a visit or two.