Saturday, September 1, 2012


Saturday, September 1 - It is that time of the year again…The Stark County Fair. This is the 163rd year for the fair. The first Stark County Fair was held in downtown Canton near Public Square and the Courthouse on lots and in buildings owned by the Presbyterian Church and Union School. Livestock was exhibited on church grounds.

This year we went with Marsha's brother, Rick.


Fair Board changed the entry amount to $8.00 this year. Now we aren't exactly Cheapskates, but $8.00 is a bit much when we won't be riding any of the rides.

With much to see, we started the day at the goat and sheep barn.

goat and sheep

These two little ones were playing the favorite goat game, "Butt the Head."
goat butting

What are these two "old" goats doing with these babies?Rick and Paul with goats

Off to the beef cattle and milking cows.

This guy was too lazy to get up to eat.
cow eating

Marsha thinks the cows are so cute. She asked them to pose with her.
Marsha with cows 

We watched some of the judging activities.
cow judging

Even though the fair took great strides in helping the public keep aware of the Swine flu,

hands clean


we opted to skip the pig barns and just watch some of the pig auction. Boy was it well attended!

pig auction

Of course, there were the llamas, rabbits, ducks, horses, etc..


We then walked through the political area where people running for office were handing out tablets, rulers, buttons, maps, etc. Not being a registered voter in Ohio any longer, we breezed through grabbing a couple free items.

When we hit the “huckster” barn, we notice empty stalls. Where were all the people selling "must haves"? There were still many companies trying to tell us we needed to see the latest in bathroom remodeling, aluminum siding, replacement windows, swimming pools,etc., but we weren't buying today.

Marsha's favorite area is the hobby barn where quilts, knitting, canning, flower arranging, cakes, pies, huge vegetables, photography, and other hobbies are entered for showing. This year the barn didn't disappoint her.

Stark County Fair3 

Ohio's top crops are soy beans and corn.corn sign

hide facts

A cool sand display.
sand display

We noticed that the attendance was way down today. Making our way around the machinery, the trapping & hunting buildings, the 4-H areas, and of course 100's of food wagons was very easy. Amazingly, we were able to skip the sausage sandwiches, onion rings, and soft drinks but not the Fair Fries…YUMMMMMMMMY!

"No, Paul. Not in this lifetime!"
Paul and truck

We always enjoy the tractor-pull contest. We sat several hours and watched all sizes of tractors attempt to win their division.

tractor pulls

It was another wonderful, fun day at the Fair. Thank goodness the rain held off until after we left.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all again. Have a great day!