195th Great Geauga County Fair set to kick off

Event will in­clude new, clas­sic en­ter­tain­ment

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News - By Chad Fel­ton cfel­ton@news-her­ald.com @be­lievethatcfnh on Twit­ter

Dubbed the “grand fi­nale” high­light­ing Geauga County’s sum­mer, the Great Geauga County Fair, syn­ony­mous with La­bor Day Week­end, has once again come around, with new and clas­sic at­trac­tions and en­ter­tain­ment.

The fair, in its 195th year, be­gins Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 4 at the 150acre Geauga County Fair­grounds, lo­cated at 14373 N. Cheshire St. in Bur­ton Town­ship.

Free ad­mis­sion is be­ing of­fered un­til noon on Aug. 31. A $5 gate ad­mis­sion from noon to clos­ing fol­lows.

Sept. 1 is Se­nior Day and Vet­er­ans Day, with ad­mis­sion free for fair­go­ers 65 and older and vet­er­ans.

Sept. 4 is Fam­ily Day, with half-priced ride wrist­bands.

The fair is ex­pected to at­tract more than 200,000 peo­ple over the five-day pe­riod.

In ad­di­tion to fair sta­ples like horse shows, con­tests, de­mo­li­tion der­bies, pig races, magic shows, truck and trac­tor pulls, and live mu­sic, at­ten­dees can look for­ward to a cou­ple of new at­trac­tions: the High Fly­ing Pages, a Myakka City, Florida-based fam­ily troupe aerial act; and coun­try mu­sic duo Branch & Dean. The Bro­ken Horn Rodeo show will take place on La­bor Day at 3 p.m.

Mark Nolan of Cleve­land 19 News will over­see the fair’s pop­u­lar chicken fly­ing con­test.

Daredevil mo­tor­cy­clists and an an­i­mal com­edy pre­sen­ta­tion also will en­ter­tain vis­i­tors.

The fair, of course, also will have more than 13,000 ex­hibits; over 2,000 an­i­mals and hun­dreds of com­mer­cial dis­plays and ven­dors, in ad­di­tion to food, games and the eighth an­nual Diaper Dash. Park­ing is free. Visit www.geau­gafair. com for more in­for­ma­tion.

NEWS-HER­ALD FILE

Af­ter get­ting a great view of the Geauga County Fair­grounds in Bur­ton, rid­ers on the Shock Drop re­act as they fall back to the ground, Sept. 1, 2014.

NEWS-HER­ALD FILE

The Geauga County Fair­grounds are packed with peo­ple on Sept. 1, 2014.

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