Great Geauga County Fair good family event for Labor day weekend with no air show

Many events and exhibits make Geauga Fair unique

BURTON, Ohio - With no air show this weekend you may be looking for something to do. There is always Ohio's oldest fair, the Great Geauga County Fair.

Starting its 191st year, the Geauga County Fair expects to see over 200,000 people and they will have plenty to do. The fair has 13,000 exhibits offering everything you would expect.

"We offer a lot of main events in the evening. We have truck and tractor pull, demolition derbies and concerts along with free shows throughout the day," said Bob Rogish, president of the fair.

One of those free shows is Hendricks's racing pigs. They warm up the crowd with some dancing then place an Oreo cookie at the finish line.

"We open those starting gates and they shooting right out of there, they be snort'in all kinds of other stuff,"  said Christopher Amderson, from Hendrick's Pig Races.

"They go a rump'in and a bump'in, they're going to slide around down there you might see a clean get away, you might see a wreck just like in the NASCAR, you just don't know what you're going to see," said Andy Nicholes announcer for Hendrick's Pig Races.

Beside pigs, the fair has over 3,000 animals like the draft horses, these giants are a staple on the Amish farms of Geauga County. On the smaller side, the minis start at just 26 inches and the competition is tough. Emma just won first place with her 17-year-old mini gelding named Poncho.

In the dairy barn, you can learn about the history of milking cows in Geauga. The Haskin family started their dairy farm in 1818.

"Everybody wants to know where their food comes from so the fair is a really good opportunity to provide a lot of answers," said Paul Haskin.

One rather large cow is milking 100 pounds of milk a day. Some of it may have ended up in ice cream sold on the midway. With over 300 food vendors, there is something for everyone. Candy apples, funnel cakes, french fries, ribs and chicken.

On the south end, you'll find the wildlife conservation area. This is the most unique attraction of the fair. Kids can fish in the pond freshly stocked with catfish, blue gill and bass. They can eat there, too.

"They catch a fish they can bring it up to our cook area and I can filet and fry the fish up for them and kind of hand those out as samples to folks," said Scott Denamen, Geauga County Wildlife Officer.

So if it's the rides, or good food, games or just great time with your family the Geauga County Fair is a good bet for this Labor Day weekend.

The Great Geauga County Fair runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. If you want to learn more about the history of this fair or just see the daily schedule of events, go to the website .

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