Believe it or not, we are two weeks away from the largest county fair in the state of Ohio! Mahoning County’s Canfield Fair is back and better than ever for its 172nd year! Mark your calendars for August 29-September 3 and head out to the fairgrounds for entertainment, rides, food, animals and more.
Not sure which day you should visit the Canfield Fair? Take a look at the major events happening each day:
- Wednesday, August 29: Senior Day | Guided Senior Shuttles are available from 8:00am – 5:00pm
- Thursday, August 30: Youth Day | activity tent, free high school band show and the Junior Fair Youth Day Program
- Friday, August 31: World’s Largest Demolition Derby (8pm), Bike Nite (starts at 3pm)
- Saturday, September 1: Canfield Fair Championship Truck and Tractor Pull (7pm), Draft Pony Pig Iron Derby
- Sunday, September 2: Matthew West featuring Hawk Nelson & I Am They (6pm) | worship services in the morning
- Monday, September 3: Toby Keith (8pm), Rooster Crowing Contest, Harness Racing
For a complete list of the Canfield fair events, times and locations, visit the digital Canfield Fair program.
What Else Can I Do?
The special events (listed above) are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to see and do at the Canfield Fair. Over 400 vendors fill the grounds, featuring food, crafts and everything in between. Massive buildings are filled with 4H projects, wood carvers, artists, flowers and our personal favorite, pumpkins. Animals can be found in several of the barns located around the fairgrounds, housing everything from rabbits to dairy cows. Old-fashioned and brand new farm machinery sit on display. Visitors can take advantage of the special kids’ activities or senior resting spaces when they need them. And hundreds of fair food trucks await with fresh cut fries, funnel cakes, corndogs, you name it. Overwhelming, right? Luckily there’s a map!
So there’s food, entertainment, animals…what about the rides? This year, the fair is adding ten new rides to its already-impressive lineup- including a full-scale roller coaster. Another ride, called the Tornado, can spin in five different directions. Overall, the new rides are larger than your average carny coaster which means more fun and less waiting time. And according to Canfield Fair president Dave Dickey, the new rides are “Cedar Point quality rides.”
What Will It Cost?
It all depends on when you want to go and what you want to do! View the gate admission prices for each day of the fair. If you’re visiting the fair for multiple days, you can purchase a 3-day ticket pass for $15 or 6-day pass for $30. On Wednesday, senior admission is $4 and on Friday, it’s $6. On Thursday, children 12 years & under get in for free. All major events and fair rides have separate ticket costs. More information is located on the official Canfield Fair website.
With plenty of food, fun rides and ample entertainment, the Canfield Fair is just 16 short days away from opening day! For more exciting events happening in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!
Photo credit: Top photo was taken by @kimbooher and bottom left photo was taken by @mandabees_headbands.