Smiles will be miles wide when Canfield Fair comes around

CANFIELD — This year’s Canfield Fair will have “Miles of Smiles” leading up to a new event center on the south side of the fairgrounds.

Fair leaders this past week announced the theme of this year’s week of activities including the opening ceremony being moved to the future site of the multi-million dollar event center at the corner of Wetmore and Goshen drives. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

The Canfield Fair Foundation and the fair’s board of directors are in the midst of a $4.5 million, five-year capital campaign to raise funds for the event center, which will be available year-round as a multi-purpose exposition facility as well as additional livestock buildings and barns, according to the fair website. The campaign will allow for the construction of a 45,000 square-foot coliseum and exposition center, the additional Junior Fair livestock buildings and barns and an additional $500,000 estimated in infrastructure improvements needed to make these buildings a reality.

Visitors to this year’s fair can see the progress on the new site of the event center and make donations both online and in person to the capital campaign. A groundbreaking for event center is scheduled Sept. 25.

The Fair Board also announced new partnership with Youngstown Clothing Company as the official souvenir provider. The specialty shop will sell T-shirts and other apparel inspired by the Canfield Fair, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Canfield Fair Foundation’s capital campaign. Souvenirs can be purchased on site at two locations during the fair.

Also at this year’s fair, the opening ceremony will feature the All Veterans Group parachute jump sponsored by Window World, whose own Fred Moran will jump with Mike Elliott who assisted former President George H.W. Bush jump on his birthdays.

Window World owner Pat Moran said the business is partnering with the fair to recognize veterans and promote its Careers for Heroes, a program at Window World that helps place veterans in job vacancies within the business based on their skills.

Entertainment will include not only a non-traditional concert lineup, but a new event that has proven popular around the country and a change in the normal schedule of races.

“We’ve moved away from the traditional grandstand entertainment… in that there will be no country music act,” said Board Member George Roman.

In addition to the annual Demolition Derby and Truck and Tractor Pull, this year’s main attractions include the rock-oriented Pentatonix with special guest Rachel Platten on Sunday night and comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Inglesias on Monday night.

There will also be the inaugural Wiener Dog Races at 11:30 a.m. Saturday during the harness racing. The free event will feature the dogs racing for 20 yards.

“This has kind of taken the country by storm and we’re very, very happy to be part of it,” said Board Member Elwood Woolman.

Mule racing will be held on Monday and there will be three days of harness racing. However, this year the pig iron derby, typically held on Labor Day, will instead be held under the lights on Wednesday. The races will feature give-aways of a 50-inch flat screen television and multiple $100 gift cards.

Once again Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will sponsor this year’s Youth Day on Thursday featuring a kids activity tent on the main concourse and Continuing Healthcare Solutions will sponsor Senior Days on Wednesday and Friday with a designated cooling station.

For information about this year’s fair visit canfieldfair.com. Tickets for all the entertainment can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the Canfield Fair Administration Building.