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{ the great geauga county fair } The 2012 Great Geauga County Fair The Geauga County Fair will be greater than ever this year. It all begins Thursday Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. when all youth 18 years and younger are admitted free and there is a reduced admission rate for everyone else from noon until 10 p.m. A demolition derby, numerous Junior Fair animal shows and the Junior Fair King and Queen coronation are only a few of the opening day highlights. At noon, Jason Handman of WOIO Channel 19 will make a special appearance to host the chicken-flying contest. Friday is Senior, Veteran and youth day and free admission is offered to everyone ages 65 and older, all Veterans, and all youth 18 years of age and under. Friday Night Free Entertainment at the Great Geauga County Fair will have a little different twist this year. The Horse Pulls will return to the Main Grandstand at 6 p.m. Also at 6 p.m., The Switch Band will perform at the Small Grandstand as an opening act for Chris Higbee’s 8 p.m. show. Chris Higbee is a great mix of Rock and Country and he plays a mean fiddle! This show is expected to be standing room only. Exhibitors and fairgoers will certainly enjoy the evening concert. Visit the Chris Higbee Web site, Saturday is the day to get out your wallet and spend all those pennies you’ve been saving for the Fair. It’s apple pie day with a 3:30 apple pie auction, and then the small animal Junior Fair livestock sales are at 4 p.m. in the auction tent. It will be a full day of hot air balloons, splashing dogs, archery trick shooting, woodcarving demonstrations, music, cloggers, harness horse racing and, of course, more 4-H animal shows. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., 12 to 15 horse races will begin, ending with the Amish racing competition. There will be 50 to 60 beautiful horses, some of the best 2 to 3-year-old trotters in the state, competing. Wagering is allowed and will be set up track-side. Sunday will be blast with Band-O-Rama, when high school marching bands from all across the U.S. perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Grandstand. But get there early, because the horse shows and pony show begin at 8:30 a.m. Worship Services will take place at 10 a.m. There will be a Veteran Appreciation Flag Drop at 1 p.m., and Mark Nolan of WMJI radio will host the Rooster Crowing Contest at 4 p.m. All day long there will be contests, live music, 6 p.m. truck and tractor pulls, and events to entertain and delight everyone, young and old. On Monday, Labor Day, there will be a frog-jumping contest at 3 p.m. in the Arena. Then rev your engines for a wild time when the US FMX Champion Series dazzles and amazes in the Main Grandstand at 5:30 p.m. Exhibits are released at 8 p.m., bringing The 2012 Great Geauga County Fair to a close. As always, there is non-stop free entertainment throughout the grounds during the entire fair, so you won’t want to miss a minute. Visit the Fair Web site at www.Geaugafair. com or see pages 22 and 23 for schedules so you can plan to see every amazing event that catches your imagination. Don’t forget to stop by the Domestic Arts Building to support the vendors and pick up a souvenir of this year’s Fair. Have fun!


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Lt. Gary Gribbons (left), K-9 officer Midge and Sheriff Dan McClelland of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office meet for a last-minute check of their onsite headquarters near the main entrance of the fairgrounds in Burton. Lt. Gribbons will direct security operations at Geauga’s pinnacle-of-summer-fun event for the 10th consecutive year. Sheriff McClelland serves at the Fair as a volunteer, as do his chief deputy and K-9 Midge. The sheriff says if he ever has to get somewhere in a hurry, don’t be surprised to see Midge partially swaddled in a blanket for a moment or two. Otherwise Midge’s well-wishers will turn a 5-minute walk for the pair into a 2-hour expedition.

Stay Safe at The Great Geauga County Fair By Nancy Hrivnak More than 200,000 people typically pass through the gates of The Great Geauga County Fair each 5-day Labor Day weekend. Making sure those guests stay safe is a big job. Most fairgoers are good neighbors and good citizens who watch out for one another. Professional guardians and welltrained volunteers will also be watching everyone’s back. The 2012 fairgrounds in Burton most likely will be more secure than ever, thanks to a wireless emergency notification system, a diligent fair safety committee, and the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office. This year’s Geauga Fair, Ohio’s oldest continuous county fair and one of the oldest existing agricultural fairs in the nation, will be number 190. This impressive anniversary alone speaks to the effectiveness of safety measures taken through the years. The show’s gone on 189 times already, despite personal, local and national hardships and conflicts. Somebody’s doing something right, starting with the fair’s sponsor, The Geauga County Agricultural Society. The society is a non-profit group that’s the oldest existing organization in the county. Paul Harris is chairman of the agricultural society’s safety committee, which also includes Howard Bates, Diane Kellogg, Bob Phillips and Bob Rogish. The safety committee in turn entrusts the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office to provide above-and-beyond fairgrounds security from the day before the fair begins through the day after the gates close. “We’ve been on the cutting edge of this for quite a while,” chairman Harris says. “We’re kind of ahead of the curve on this stuff. As a matter of fact, Sheriff McClelland has been asked to make presentations on security to other fair boards across the state. We sit down and review things repeatedly each year” with one more meeting planned for “putting on the finishing touches,” Mr. Harris adds. If necessary, the sheriff, his staff, and emergency service personnel throughout the county stand ready to respond to an emergency of any sort and scale with appropriate responses. “The difference between a safety person and a safety force

is the ability to communicate and coordinate a response,” says Sheriff Dan McClelland. No novice to the job, Sheriff McClelland has worked some security role at 37 consecutive Geauga County fairs. “We are striving very hard to keep our children safe from all manner of harm, to prevent thefts and to manage traffic safely through a holiday weekend at a popular family venue,” the sheriff said. “Our goal is to complement the fair board and all other local law enforcement and safety personnel, especially the Burton Village departments.” Lt. Gary Gribbons directs Geauga County Sheriff’s Office services at The Great Geauga County Fair. This is his 23rd fair and his 10th running the Geauga Sheriff’s Office security at Burton’s fairgrounds. Lt. Gribbons says he hopes his department never needs to use the emergency alert system newly in place in 2012 at a Geauga fair. The wireless emergency notification system (WENS) is designed to provide fast reliable communication in time of emergency. The text and voice messaging network works proficiently in the event of the most extreme-case scenarios, ranging from treacherous weather conditions to what Sheriff McClelland calls “lost parents” who have become inadvertently separated from their children. (“The children know exactly where they are, every time,” the sheriff said.) “With WENS, we can notify key groups of fair personnel including directors, managers, gatekeepers and concession workers, nearly immediately,” said Lt. Gribbons, working his 11th consecutive Geauga fair. “WENS can send 900 messages in 3 minutes,” Sheriff McClelland adds. The best way to help Geauga County protect its own at the fair is a simple one. “Take a digital photograph of everyone attending the fair with you,” the sheriff suggests. “In the event that someone is missing, a photograph of them that very day can be a lifesaver, especially when it can be delivered to hundreds of people electronically within minutes of a report.” Lt. Gribbons and Sheriff McClelland also encourage anyone at the fair to feel free to discuss any safety concerns with the uniformed deputies and auxiliary volunteers on duty.

{ the great geauga county fair } Historical Timelines By Jacqueline Foote Historical timelines are wonderful things, reassuring and looking as if life’s events were neat and certain. However, when a closer look is taken, it becomes obvious that reality is often harder to take hold of, and life is much more various and interesting than the timelines may make it appear. For example, take the timeline showing the development and history of county fairs in the United States. When we look at events we know of in the history of The Great Geauga County Fair, we find they do not exactly march in step with the master timeline. Rather, they weave in and out and about it like a vagrant and beautiful crimson thread. The historical timeline begins Sept. 24- 25, 1811 when the Berkshire Agriculture Society, under president Elkanah Watson, held the first modern agriculture fair in Pittsfield, Mass. Elkanah Watson, who earned the title of “Father of United Sates Agricultural Fairs” produced an exhibit of a small flock of sheep in Pittsfield in 1807. Then, in 1810, Elkanah staged what he called the Berkshire Cattle Show which featured not only 386 sheep but also 124 other animals. But was America’s first Fair really held in 1765? It seems the earliest recorded American fair was held 11 years before the Declaration of Independence. This was called a Jollification as often as it was called a fair, and like Elkanah’s event, was little more than a cattle show. It was held in the town of York, Pa. Many may agree that Pennsylvania had the first fair in America.

And what about Geauga’s Fair? Well, in Burton in 1798, the settlers put on their first Jollification. The event were so popular that they kept putting one on for the next 24 years. And Jollifications later came to be called The Fair and Cattle Show, the same things that were in Elkanah’s Fair 13 years later. Hummm. Maybe the mystery of the naming of the First Agricultural Fair is in the definition of the word fair. The definition I found of an agricultural show or fair is that it is “a public event showcasing the equipment, animals, sports and recreation associated with agriculture and animal husbandry. The largest shows/ fairs comprise a livestock show (a judged event or display in which breeding stock is exhibited), a trade fair, competitions, and entertainment. The work and practices of farmers, animal fanciers, cowboys and zoologists may be displayed. The terms agricultural show and livestock show are synonymous with the North American term county fair or state fair.” Burton’s 1798 show was not a county fair, although each year it included more and more exhibits from townships other than Burton and Chardon. Elkanah’s was billed as county wide. But the title up for grabs is not the first county fair. So, how did Elkanah’s Berkshire Cattle Show in 1811 earn him his title, Father of U.S. Agricultural Fairs instead of the head of Burton’s Fair and Cattle Show held 11 years earlier, or, better yet, York Cattle Show held 46 years earlier than Berkshire’s? Could it have had anything to do with publicity?

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Fort Huntsburg Band and the Fair By Bill Heath First I have to say, I love The Great Geauga County Fair. I have loved it since I was a small child and first attended it with my family. I have tried to spend time there over the years any way I could. As a small kid I spent a couple of days one year helping Bob Barnard with his stage coach ride pulled by his team of ponies that circled between the big grandstand and the small one. After a few years went by and I got a little older, we would sneak in and stay overnight sleeping in straw that seemed to be readily available. From there it went to camping when my oldest daughter was in 4-H with her horse. That lasted for a few years and was a great experience for us. I also filled in as a tractor driver out in the main parking lot. Anything to be there. So you can imagine what a thrill it was for me to have our band start playing at the Fair. The first year we were hired by one of the advisors of a 4-H club and we played on a hay wagon next to the lower show ring. The next time it was on a concrete slab next to the show ring. From there we graduated to the Coon hunters shack in the conservation area where we played for two nights 2 years in a row. After that, we were brought up to play the junior fair stage on Friday night and the Midway stage on Saturday and Sunday where we have been for the last few years. As you can guess, the Fair is the highlight of the year for me. I’m not sure if all the band members feel the same. They are Bill Heath on lead guitar and vocals, Mary Heath on bass guitar and vocals, Jim Hein on rhythm guitar and vocals, Don Burrows on steel guitar, and last but not least, Chris Tenny on drums. I know that Jim as a former 4-H member probably feels like I do. We

American Legion at the Fair The American Legion Post #459 in Burton wishes to welcome you to The Great Geauga County Fair. The Post has had displays at the Fair for many years, but recently invited other posts and their members to display their memorabilia and military items. The goal is to promote history, not war or armed conflicts. We also promote patriotism and honor and respect for our Constitution and our beloved flag, “Old Glory,” a symbol recognized around the world that says one thing – FREEDOM. Visit them on the south end of the fairgrounds, they would love to see you.

are happy to be back and included in the entertainment lineup for the Fair and hope to see you all there. Thanks to Middlefield Post for the opportunity to talk about the Fort Huntsburg Band.

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1. Anything deep fried. If you can fry it, you can eat it. That seems to be the unofficial motto of fair food vendors and it’s one that they are happy to live by. Here’s just a sampling of items that have been rolled in batter and deep fried at recent fairs: bacon, Oreos, candy bars, Coca Cola, ravioli, caviar, Twinkies, Kool-Aid, beer, Pop Tarts, Frito pie, and a club salad. The 2011 Wisconsin State Fair offered the ultimate fried concoction: clumps of deep fried butter. 2. Funnel Cake. Fried dough treats span cultures and generations; the Chinese eat fried dough balls for breakfast, Iran and India have comparable dishes and almost every Western European country has their own version. But the funnel cake stands alone as a singular example of edible perfection. Funnel cakes have jumped the cultural gap from fairs to cafeterias and upscale restaurants. How could they not? Combining the basic goodness of fried dough and powdered sugar, the funnel cake boasts one advantage over similar treats. Its unique shape maximizes surface area for sugar and allows for convenient sharing with its easily divisible components. 3. Pie. You can’t have a fair without a pie-eating contest, and/or a pie-tasting contest where pie bakers compete to see who has the most delicious recipe. These events date at least as far back as the early 1900s, possibly further. So even though this item doesn’t come on a stick and isn’t fried, it just might be the most traditional fair food of all. 4. Caramel apples. Even though apples are not at their best during the summer months, dip anything in enough caramel and it’s delicious. While many fair vendors serve straight caramel or taffy, others get creative: popcorn, candy, fruit and bacon have all been stuck onto the caramel-coated surface of what started out as a healthy piece of fruit. This treat’s cool crisp apple core definitely hits the spot during a stroll down the Midway. 5. Cotton candy. Brightly colored spun sugar has been a cornerstone of the American fair diet for more than 100 years. The woven delicacy was first sampled by the American palate in 1904 during the St. Louis World’s Fair. Sold as ‘Fairy Floss,’ fair goers couldn’t get enough, which means teeth have been quivering in fear ever since. The name was eventually changed to the iconic ‘Cotton Candy.’ 6. Something you’ve never had before. Many fairs offer crazy concoctions that will leave jaws dropped and mouths watering in amazement. The most innovative combine two relatively normal food items into something cringe-worthy, yet delicious. Kool-Aid pickles for instance, which are just simple sour green dills dunked into the sugary red liquid, with the ensuing

product adopting the traits of both parents. Another merger of two unlikely products is the Krispy Kreme burger. Think of the greasiest cheeseburger you can imagine, toss the sesame seed bun in the trash and envelope it between two glazed donuts. Or flip the notion of dessert on its head with the hot beef sundae, found at the Indiana State Fair. It resembles that of the ice cream variety, but consists of a hunk of marinated beef slathered in gravy, and topped with mashed potatoes, cheese and a cherry — tomato, that is. 7. Corn on the cob. In big corn-producing areas, grilling an ear of corn in the husk and then slathering the peeled cob with butter and a bit of salt is the epitome of summer. The crunch and a mix of sweet and savory are a welcome departure from some of the more fattening and sugary items at fairs. Go easy on the butter and you can even call it healthy. 8. Elephant ears. Fried flattened dough, butter, sugar and cinnamon. The elephant ear is a thin flank of fried sweetness that seems almost as large as an actual elephant ear. This irregularly shaped staple of summer fairs and carnivals contains no nutritional value and clocks in at an estimated 300 to 500 calories. Depending on your location, it could also be called a “beaver’s tail” or simply “fried dough.” And while it’s big enough for more than one person, you might not want to share. 9. Corn dogs. Historical records point to sausage-in-bun treats as early as the 1200s, but corn dogs are a distinctly American creation. By encasing a wiener in a thick layer of deep fried cornmeal batter, a fair staple was born: easy to handle on a stick and fatty enough to compete with other tasty available fare. Although competitors such as pretzel dogs and bagel dogs have arisen in recent years, few can compete with this American classic, The corn dog even has its own national holiday, coinciding with the first Saturday of each year’s NCAA basketball tournament. 10. Food on a stick. There are dozens of food-on-a-stick varieties at fairs. Food on a stick is genius. It allows shunning traditional silverware and digging in with our fingers while wandering from the pig barn to the Ferris wheel. While each fair features a variety, the king may be The Minnesota State Fair, which offers more than 60 kinds of food on a stick. Start with an appetizer: a deep-fried pickle on a stick, or a skewered peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. For your main course, test out the innovative spaghetti and meatballs on a stick — a pasta-filled meatball, covered in sauce and deep-fried. Or, for a more traditional meal, maybe you’d like some skewered pork chops, steak or even baconwrapped turkey. Unsurprisingly, sweets on a stick go over best. Cheesecake and fruit are among the most popular stick delicacies. But with all these options, let’s hope they also offer antacid on a stick. While trying to decide exactly what to eat at The Great Geauga County Fair, keep one thing in mind — It only comes around once a year, so throw caution to the wind and enjoy!

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A Booth at the Fair Although there is a row of bright smiling faces greeting visitors at the Geauga County Fair’s merchant booths, the people behind those smiles may already be exhausted after having dedicated a lot of time and energy into getting their displays set up and ready to go — more than most casual visitors realize. Duke and Dawn Janke, owners of Newbury based AMD Impressions, an apparel decorating company that sells, among other items, t-shirts, hats and cornhole bags and boards, shared their schedule to give everyone an idea of how much work is involved in running a fair booth. The Jankes make 99 percent of their stock, so for the fair alone, it takes them about 2 months to get ready. Both Duke and Dawn work regular jobs, so they have to complete what they can during the evenings and on weekends. First they have to go through their existing stock to see what they need. While it’s impossible to predict what will and will not sell, they have crowd-pleasing favorites that they make sure they keep well stocked in as many colors and sizes as possible. If they don’t have what a customer is looking for, but are able to produce it, they will offer to make it and bring it the next day. These special orders will be made when they get home from the fair at night or in the morning before they go back. Set up takes them a week of packing up and labeling bins. Some items are put in a storage trailer that holds everything that won’t fit in the fair tent, and everything to be put on display and readily available is packed into their vehicles, so it’s a 3-hour job to load everything up for the trip to the fairgrounds. The fair tents

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can leak, so they keep everything that isn’t displayed in plastic storage units; the Jankes can remember very rainy years, and once had 8 inches of water in their tent during a particularly bad storm. The hours at the fair are long. Vendors are requested to be there an hour before opening every day, so will work from 9 a.m. to midnight. Initial set up can be done as early as the Sunday before the fair, but the Jankes usually take 2 or 3 hours to set up the night before. Booths must have two vendors in them at all times, so if the couple are the only ones there at the time, they have to ask a neighboring vendor who has the bodies to spare to stand in for them during food and bathroom breaks. The comradery between vendors is strong. Duke once had a dairy farmer ask if he could paint cows on a couple of cornhole boards for him. Duke didn’t feel he was enough of an artist to accommodate him, but went to the airbrush artist at the next booth to see if she would be willing to paint cows on a couple of his blank boards. She excitedly said she would, went off to the dairy barn and took about a dozen photos of various cows. The farmer picked the one he liked, she airbrushed the cow on, and Duke made the farmer special bags to go with the custom boards. The man left very happy and with a truly unique souvenir of The Great Geauga County Fair.

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Walking at Observatory Park can be a bit like imagining yourself in outer space, so why not use some “outer space” at The Great Geauga County Fair to feature Observatory Park? Geauga Park District’s building, found in the Natural Resources Area farthest from the main street, reaches for the stars this year to entertain and educate visitors about their newest and largest county park, and Ohio’s only designated International Dark Sky Park, located on Clay Street in Montville. Since 1996, the Park District’s open wood building has given fair goers a taste of what their local parks have to offer. Among the features, an oversized photo gallery will offer eyefuls of Observatory Park’s unique features, including the Bob McCullough Science Center, Oberle Observatory and huge Oberle telescope, Planetary Trail and human sundial. Those who step up to a display about Observatory Park’s Seismic Station will feel the rumble of a mechanical earthquake while gleaning information about our area’s real seismic movement. Smart phone-carrying visitors will be able to scan a QR code and follow it to live data from Observatory Park’s Weather Station. The difference between an asteroid, meteoroid and a meteorite will make great party favors for the rest of the holiday weekend. So will details about the Mars rover Curiosity, which lands on Mars this month, and what information it will bring back to Earth. Visitors can solve a self-led scavenger hunt for the chance to win an Orion Sky Scanner 100 tabletop telescope or a pair of Bushnell binoculars. Just outside the building, visitors can stand on the compass rose to see which direction Monarchs and birds fly south each winter, then visit other Natural Resource Area displays around the lake by following a miniature Planetary Trail, replicating the real mile-long one in Montville. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions, and naturalists will host daily “Outer Space Traveler” programs in the Division of Wildlife/Rotary Pavilion across the way. Those interested in getting out to the parks can also find maps and “Scout Out Your Parks” trackers in the building. Each season since 2010, Geauga Park District has provided a “Scout Out Your Parks” tracker of fun and engaging things to do and see at four specially selected parks. Its large menu of options is always extremely broad, and the course you choose to “scout out” is entirely up to you. Complete three activities at each of the four parks and return your tracker for an exclusive “Scout Out Your Parks” patch! The program’s first year celebrated The Boy Scouts of America’s 100 anniversary; this year, its third, celebrates The Girl Scouts of America’s 100 anniversary. Learn more about Observatory Park at, and about other parks events at

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“I’ve never eaten elephant ears and understand they are delicious,” 82-year-old Trudy Templeton said as she thought about the upcoming Geauga County Fair and what she plans to eat. She looks forward to the Fair each year and to meeting people she hasn’t seen for a while. She enjoys seeing the animals and the arts and crafts, but since she can’t cover so much ground these days, she hops onto one of the eight golf carts provided by the Fair and gets chauffeured around. This year Senior/Veteran Day at the Fair is Friday, Aug. 31. Paul Harris, Fair Secretary said, “Making this day free for seniors and veterans is our way of giving back for all they’ve done. We hope they enjoy the day.” The Geauga Department of Aging always welcomes seniors along the Midway (in the center of the Fair by the Merchant’s Building and near the bathrooms) with free donuts, coffee, water, entertainment and a sheltered place to sit. Department staff are present with information on health clinics, programs, trips and their Meals on Wheels program. Last year at least 700 seniors passed through the department’s hospitality area. What is it that seniors especially like about the Fair? Joan Komar said it’s the only place she knows of to find Dandelion Jelly. When Carol and Carl Schneider attend the Fair, he gravitates toward the Polka Bands and political booths while Carol admires the arts and crafts, especially the quilts and needlework. Senior Dieter Huth likes looking at animals he rarely sees close up, like llamas, Belgian horses and the huge

turkeys he’s only seen dressed on the Thanksgiving Day table. Rose Querry, 85, hasn’t missed a fair in 13 years. “I absolutely love it and admire all the people who work so hard at the stands. I look forward to running into people I haven’t seen for a year,” she said. Seniors signed up at the Geauga Department of Aging get a monthly newsletter. The August issue’s cover has information on how to sign up to have the Geauga Transit van pick you up and take you home from the Fair. The transportation is free but you must sign up in advance by calling 440-285-2222. When you are dropped off at the Fair, you can board one of the golf carts driven by cadets and have it take you to the hospitality area or to any other place on the fairgrounds. Dick Taylor takes advantage of this each year. The transit van not only picks him up but loads his electric scooter on board. Once at the Fair, Dick is amazing as he maneuvers about on his scooter to check on his entries in the rug hooking, antiques and fine arts categories. Last year he won first prize in rug hooking. Dick loves to congregate with other seniors on the midway and listen to the musical programs offered on Senior Day. As former head of Geauga County’s Antique Market for many years, Dick has been knighted as “honorary fair director” by fair officials. All the seniors were unanimous in praising the fair food. They also agreed that they were overwhelmed by the organization behind this huge undertaking and are thankful for a job that’s always well done.

(Watch Out for Trick Questions) 1) Other than contests like Best Horse, Best Jelly and the like, what two contests have been a part of the Fair almost from its inception? A) horse racing and horse shoe pitching B) hog calling and horse racing C) greased pig chase and horse shoe pitching 2) In addition to the two identified above, which of these were also early contests at fairs? A) flap jack races B) apple peeling contests C) husband calling contests 3) How was the 11-acre tract of land for a fairgrounds in Burton obtained in the mid-1800s? A) purchased from H. H. Ford B) leased from H. H. Ford C) donated by H. H. Ford 4) To get the new fairground ready, $1,078.68 was spent on grading a track, building a hall, building a stand and ... A) buying tents B) making fences C) providing fire protection 5) What historical event prevented the Fair from operating one year? Answers: 1) A, 2) A, B & C, 3) B, 4) B, 5) The Great Geauga County Fair has operated WITHOUT interruption from its start.

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D.J. is the son of Jim and Tammie Mitri of Chesterland and a 2012 graduate of West Geauga High School and Tri C Community College with a 240 Fire Degree. He is currently employed by Chester Fire and Rescue and is waiting for a date to test for his EMT license. D.J. will be attending Lakeland Community College for his paramedic certification and a degree in Fire Science and Technology. He has been a member of Geauga Horse and Poly Association for 4 years and has participated in the Geauga County 4-H horse program, as well. His hobbies include jet skiing, fishing and riding his horses.

Evan Parker

Evan is the son of David and Nancy Parker of Auburn Township. He is a 2012 graduate of Kenston High School and Auburn Career Center. Evan has participated in Junior Fair since his time as a 4-H Cloverbud. He is a member of Junior Leaders, as well as Auburn Dairymen and Granny’s Kids 4-H clubs, both in which he has served as President. In his spare time, Evan enjoys outdoor sports such as 4-wheeling and snowmobiling, and has worked on his uncle’s farm since he was a young boy. Evan will be attending The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, where he will study Power Equipment, and Hydraulic Power and Motion Control.

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Some of Tom’s best memories as a child took place at the Fair – milkshakes, the smell of animals and hay, fishing at the pond – are all a memorable part of his Fair experience. In his 10 years in 4-H, he has had the opportunity to be in many leadership roles, such as president and vice president of the clubs in which he is a member, including Flockmasters, Granny’s Kids, and Plantmasters. During this time he has learned about and raised poultry, pigs, goats and plants. Tom is also a member of Junior Fairboard and Farm Bureau. He is a member of Junior Leaders, serving as president and vice president. Tom, 17, is a senior at NDCL where he is involved with Refugee Response, tutoring Burmese refugees living in Lakewood. He is very active in his church spending 8 days in Nicaragua on a mission trip earlier this year. He has also completed the Leadership Geauga Youth Program. As a Boy Scout, he is now working on his Eagle Scout Project here at the fairgrounds. This year he painted the Goat Barn and built an informational kiosk including a map of the fairgrounds located in front of the Junior Fair Building.

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Dakota is 16 and a Junior at Cardinal High School, where he is a member of the soccer, wrestling and track teams. He is also a member of Student Council and Key Club. He has been a member of the Flockmasters 4-H Club for 9 years and the Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club for 4 years. Dakota has also been a member of Junior Fairboard for 2 years. He is a camp counselor not only at 4-H camp but at Royal Family Kids Camp where he helps mentor abused children. Other volunteer activities include working at Kiwanis and Key Club fish fries and at the Department of Aging. Dakota has attended three mission trips with his church.

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The Junior Fair Queen winner will be announced Thursday night of the Fair at 7 p.m. on the Junior Fair stage. Danielle, daughter of Doug and Wendy Daugherty, is a 2012 graduate of Chardon High school, participating in marching band as a squad leader, concert band and National Honor Society. She is an active member and officer in 4-H including Junior Leaders, Junior Fairboard, Breeders and Feeders, and the Swing in’ Hams club. Danielle works part time at Sage’s Apples in Chardon. She enjoys volunteering at the Geauga Senior Center and Geauga Job and Family Services. She is currently in the Middle Childhood Education program at Kent State Geauga. Danielle believes it would be an honor to represent Geauga County across Ohio as the Junior Fair Queen. Danielle Daugherty

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Kelsey Rumburg

Kelsey is the daughter of Ed and MaryBeth Runburg of Hambden. She is actively involved in Junior Fair as Vice President of the Junior Fairboard, treasurer of Junior Leaders and All Cooped Up 4-H clubs, president of Geauga Beef and Swine 4-H Club, and a 4-H camp counselor. She is a member of the Chardon and Lakeland classes of 2012. At Lakeland, she was actively involved in Phi Theta Kappa, a National Honors Society and received the Dean’s Award for her outstanding participation and academic achievement. She is also actively involved with the Leadership Geauga Youth Program. Kelsey will be showing poultry and pigs at the 2012 Great Geauga county Fair and has shown beef, sheep and goats in the past. This year she was a member of the Ohio State Fair Junior Fairboard, overseeing the Junior Fair activities at the Ohio State Fair.

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Victoria Sevich

Victoria is 17 and a senior at Chagrin Falls High School. She is on the executive board of the Chagrin Falls Environmental Club. In addition, she is a 2012 National Merit Scholarship Qualifier. Victoria has been a member of 4-H for 9 years and is a member of 5 clubs, where she has held the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Historian. She is a third year member of Junior Fairboard and is superintendent for four shows this year. She is a camp counselor and was selected this year to be a State 4-H Ambassador. She is also a recent graduate of the Leadership Geauga Youth Program. Being passionate about plants, she works as an intern at The Village Herb Shop in Chagrin Falls. She raises turkeys, ducks, sheep and racing pigeons.

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Rebecca Toth

Rebecca is 18 years old and is starting her sophomore year of college studying to receive her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She has been a member of 4-H for 13 years and is a part of Swing in’ Hams 4-H Club and Geauga Caprine Kids, where she has held several offices including President, Vice President and Secretary. Rebecca has also been a member of Junior Fairboard for 5 years and is currently serving as secretary. Rebecca is a superintendent of the Dairy and Poultry shows this year for Junior Fair. She raises pigs, goats and turkeys for the Fair and this will be her second year raising a hog to donate to Job and Family Services. This is Rebecca’s last year in 4-H but next year she plans to become an advisor for one of her clubs and continue being a leader in the 4-H and Junior Fair community.

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Riders Express Horse 4-H Club By Rachel Belliveau The Riders Express Horse 4-H Club is proud to announce that they were the recipients of the “Silver Partner of Preservation” certificate on Aug. 13. This award is given as a commendation to groups that have volunteered with the Geauga Parks District for several seasons. Riders Express is also pleased to announce that many of its members will be exhibiting their horses at The Geauga Country Fair, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3. The club would like to invite you to stop by our club’s stalls, just south of the East Show Ring, and to watch our members perform with their horses. The Fair promises to be a fantastic experience, and we would be honored to have your support!

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The Geauga County Junior Fair Board is comprised of members representing youth organizations from across the county including: 4-H, Farm Bureau, GHPA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Grange. The purpose of the Junior Fair Board shall be to promote the interests of Geauga County youth through educational exhibits and activities at The Great Geauga County Fair. Whenever possible, activities of the junior exhibitors shall be coordinated for the benefit of the total youth. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on The Geauga County Fairgrounds in the fair board meeting room. To become a representative of the Junior Fair Board, a youth must be at least 14 years of age or a freshman in high school. Youth must first complete an application. Potential members then go through an interview process. Finally, the selected youth are notified and then begin a rewarding fair experience.

Swing in’ Hams 4-H Club By Nick Bruening The Great Geauga County Fair is coming up just around the corner. I am so excited and so is everyone else in the Swing in’ Hams 4-H Club. When you go to the Fair, make sure to stop by the swine barn and check out some of the pigs we have raised. When you see one of the pigs, you may not realize how much work and support was put into that pig including walking, feeding and making sure your pig is healthy and in the best condition. So make sure to stop by and meet some kids from the club. This year we will being doing the Milkshake Booth on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so make sure to stop by and get a milkshake. They are delicious! This year our club has raised a community service pig which we will be giving to the Geauga County Job and Family Services. Sale night, if you didn’t know, is Saturday, Sept. 1 in the show arena. The swine sale will start at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there too.

{ the great geauga county fair } The Pygmy Connection By Ali and Jessica Lesner The Pygmy Connection is in full swing preparing for fair time. In July the club had a very informative showmanship clinic to help prepare the new club members on what to expect the first time they show their goats at fair. This weekend the group camped at Punderson State Park and spent the weekend playing corn hole, when the weather allowed, and swimming and fishing. It was a way for everyone to have some fun before the long week of Fair. They will be showing their goats on Thursday Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. There will be 27 members bringing 39 goats this year. The group will be showing off their Pygmy goats during FairFest in front of the Junior fair building on Sunday Sept. 2 from noon to 2p.m., where they will be selling Geauga County 4H Flags. We invite the public to stop by the Pygmy Pavilion which is located between the goat barn and the sheep barn and take a look at the projects the kids have worked hard on all year. There will be prizes for any children who stop by the Pygmy goat information table and mention they read this article. The public can also show their support by purchasing a milkshake from the milkshake fair booth on Thursday Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Junior Leaders is a community service 4-H club with about 20 members. We meet once a month in the school building on the fairgrounds in Burton. During the week of The Great Geauga County Fair we sell vanilla, chocolate and strawberry milkshakes for $3 each in the Milkshake Booth, and the profits are used for our service. Every year we sponsor three or four families through the Department of Aging at Christmas time. Club members receive contact information for the families along with a basic list of items to buy. Members then call the family to learn more about them before going shopping. Our December meeting resembles Santa’s workshop as we wrap presents, add bows and sort the gifts in piles. Members deliver the presents a few days before Christmas. It is amazing to see the gratitude expressed by the recipients. Other community service includes playing cards at the county home, sponsoring students at Fieldstone Therapeutic Riding Center and sponsoring Thanksgiving families. We have an annual sleepover or trip, and we sell presale milkshake tickets. Some of the funds go into a scholarship for Junior Leaders graduates. In October, we will organize our second annual Blood Drive. An active club doing community service in Geauga County, Junior Leaders is a fun-filled 4-H club.

Fair Brings Out Best of Geauga County By Karen DeCola It’s Geauga Fair time again, which reminds us at Geauga County Pleasant Hill Home just how generous this community is. We would like to thank everyone for the gracious donations we have experienced in the past, not just from the Fair, but all the donations of food, clothing and gift cards we receive throughout the year, which helps us maintain our home within our budget. A few years ago, we requested help with our need for sheets and quilts, and the result was an outpouring of donations from the community. It was amazing. The Geauga Junior Fair Livestock Auction has played an important part in enabling Pleasant Hill to obtain high quality beef, pork, and poultry for our residents; donations are made by individuals, civic groups and businesses. They purchase the livestock projects to support a 4-H member’s often year-long effort, then donate the meat to Pleasant Hill Home. This charitable donation is a three-way benefit: the 4-H member, our residents, and the buyer. It is a great way for Geauga County residents to help our own people. Geauga County has an uncommonly strong sense of loyalty and

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rabbit. The sewers include myself, Heather My name is Ella and I am in two very Freeman and her brother, David Freeman. different 4-H groups, The 4-H Cloverleaf Our Advisor is Square Dancers, their grandma, and The sewing Gloria Freeman. part of the Every year we Bunny Bunch go to judging Group. and we have to The 4-H make one of the Cloverleaf categories and Square Dancers compete with are a group of other groups children coming for State Fair together to Representative learn an activity a n d that you can Outstanding do for the rest of the day. This of your life. year I made a Right now I am sundress and in my second even though year of The 4-H I didn’t win Square Dancers. anything I still I’m happy to had fun going be a part of to my advisors something that house to make does so much my dress. I good. Last hope to wear year we sent it to school coupons to the dances. troops’ families. My name So if you would is Ella and that like to join us was my story at the Fair in Ella Rhodes ~ Post Photo/Rhodes about what 4-H the Junior Fair is like. It is a great experience for children Building, we will be there every day. to learn how to care for animals or make Now about the sewing. We meet as a things, so if you aren’t already, you should group once every month. The meetings are join 4-H and make a difference. about sewing and rabbits but I don’t have a

Feathers and Fleece By Marcella Dragolich

The Feathers and Fleece 4-H club is a new club for poultry and sheep. Since April, the club has been meeting to learn more about their projects. During the summer, the club members have met to practice for skillathon and showmanship at the Fair. The club also watched a sheep shearing demonstration at one of the member’s home. The members of the club have been meeting to work on their fair booth and buyers gifts. At the last meeting, Jennifer Montizoli, club president, talked about sportsmanship and what is expected of the members at the Fair. Everyone received pamphlets explaining the proper conduct to be performed at the Fair. After the meeting, members signed up for the milkshake booth which the club will be working from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday of the Fair. Hope to see you there!

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By Jennifer Lanstrum involved. Many people grow up in the To many, Grange is a word that means Grange, but then move and don’t know good food at the Fair food booth, but to me where the closest Grange to them meets or it means so much more. First, I am Jennifer who to get in touch with. They lose interest Lanstrum, and I represent Grange on The and the Grange loses yet more members. Great Geauga County Junior Fair board. As a The Grange has so many opportunities, and member of the Junior Fair board, I plan and yet many people run animal shows, don’t know about prepare for special them. events like the T h r o u g h Style Show or the Grange, I have been Anyone Can Bake to Tennessee, New contest. We run Jersey, Delaware, the Junior Fair, and Connecticut, everything that Oklahoma and entails. Junior Fair every state in board has opened between. The up so many opportunities are opportunities for there, they just me and for others need to be realized. as well. Every I have made it my January, the entire mission to improve fair board packs the Granges up and goes on and increase the a 3-hour drive to membership of my Columbus for the county Granges, Ohio Fair Managers and this fair I’ll be Association (OFMA) doing just that. Convention Youth Not only will I be Day. We watched running shows, the crowning of and helping people the Ohio State Fairs around Junior Queen, attended Fair, I’ll be helping workshops, and out in the Geauga checked out Jennifer Lanstrum ~ Post Photo/Lanstrum County Pomona entertainers for our Grange Food Booth. Don’t’ worry about fair. This year we also went to the Ohio State trying to figure out who I am, just look for Fair for a day were one of our members also the girl in the pink sash. You’ll be looking serves on the Ohio State Junior Fair board. for the reigning Ohio State Grange Female But enough about Junior Fair board, for Ambassador, me. Holding this title and now. I am the only Grange representative going to various county banquets has currently on the Junior Fair board, because opened my eyes to the dire straits the Grange membership is dropping, not just Grange is going to be in. Please come find here but all over the state and the nation. me at the Fair and feel free to ask me any Grange has many opportunities questions you may have, about Grange or available for people ages 5 and up, but no Junior Fair board. one knows about them. Grange’s biggest Thanks, and see you at the fair. difficulty is bringing in people who didn’t grow up in it, or whose parents weren’t

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I have been in The Great Geauga County Fair since I was 2 years old. I get very excited and look forward to the Fair at the end of every summer. I remember dancing in the entertainment tent where the bands played and clogging for many years on the stage. One of my favorite memories is of Banjo the Clown. He always made balloon animals and juggled for us. I also fondly recall my dad winning a stuffed animal for me, the chicken flying contest and the thrilling barrel races. I also love to draw and am putting art in the Fair. I have been in 4-H dogs with Brinkley, my Labradoodle, for 2 years.

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Cardinal Silks Flag Line By Anna Futty, Tricia Mares and Emma Ross There are 18 girls who are members of this years’ Cardinal Silks Flag Line. We perform with the Cardinal Huskies Marching Band. We all tried out for the line in the beginning of March last school year resulting in 11 new members and seven veterans. As part of the line, we perform a flag routine, a pom routine and also march in formations with the band. To prepare for our season we have been practicing together since the beginning of July. The week before band camp we call “hello” week where we practice 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. This year we were able to almost finish our flag routine before this week even started. By the third day of “hello” week we had all of our routines done. As part of our preparation we also go to band camp at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa. for 5 days. By the second day of practicing, the whole show was put onto the field. As the week progressed we cleaned and fine-tuned the show so that we could perform it on Thursday night for families visiting their band kids at camp. By the end of band camp we have all gotten to know each other very well and have become our own little family. Part of our season consists of band shows, football games, parades and a show at The Great Geauga County Fair. Our fair show is on Sunday, Sept. 2 and we would love to have you there to watch us. Performing is not the only thing we like to do at the Fair. We like to meet up with friends and walk around enjoying fair food and visiting the various barns. We are all very excited for this season and would love to have a big crowd each performance to cheer us on.

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My name is Patrick Lanstrum and I would like to tell you about the Geauga County Junior Fair band. It is a great opportunity for young people to showcase their musical talents at The Great Geauga County Fair. Kids in grades 6 through 12 make up the band. They come from all over the area, not just Geauga County. They apply through their school band director or private teacher. Our director is Greg Hillis, who is also the director of the Senior band. This will be my first year with the band. I play percussion. I also play percussion at Cardinal Middle School. I take private lessons at Roadhouse Music in Middlefield from Brian. I love playing the drums and bells. This year we will be performing twice. The first time will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the band Pavilion on the fairgrounds. We will perform again on Monday at noon at the same place. The Junior Fair Band is a great way for kids that are not in 4-H or have animals to be a part of the Fair. I hope you come to watch and listen to us at the Fair this year. I am also in Grange so I will also be working at the Geauga County Grange’s food booth. The food booth is across the street from the milkshake booth. We sell dinners, breakfast and sandwiches. Come support us. The money we make will be used to help youth in our organization as well as community service projects within Geauga County. I hope to see you at the Fair.

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Flockmasters 4-H Club members raise sheep and poultry and participate in other projects such as sewing and swine. A club with over 15 members from around the county, we meet once a month in the school building on the fairgrounds. Throughout the year we do many things. At our January meeting, we learned Meat Science and dissected chickens. The first week of March, we put up a window display for National 4-H week. In April, we sold candy bars to raise money for Geauga County 4-H. We made flower pins out of old t-shirts and delivered them to a nursing home in time for Mother’s Day. Our July meeting was a picnic. We have a website, that our club uses to keep everyone informed. Find us at The Great Geauga County Fair. The sheep show is Thursday, Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. Market Poultry awards are going to be announced at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Thursday evening at 7p.m. is Junior Fair

King and Queen Coronation. Friday Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. is the poultry show. Saturday afternoon is the Livestock Auction. Small animals are sold starting at 4 p.m. in the tent. Large animals start at 6 p.m. in the arena. We will be working the Junior Leaders Milkshake Booth from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Stop by for a cool treat. We also have a booth in the Junior Fair Building. Flockmasters 4-H club is a welcoming and dynamic group of people. With excellent leaders and advisors, we implement the core values of 4-H. Dedicated to promoting education, leadership, responsibility, and respect, our club successfully encourages the advancement of our members and all of their undertakings. Flockmasters participates in community service projects and educational expeditions beyond the minimum required, instilling a respect for giving back to the community and a thirst for lifelong learning in our members.

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Geauga Fair Livestock Sale By Rebecca Toth My name is Rebecca Toth. I am 18 years old and have been a part of 4-H for 13 years. I will be selling a pig, turkey, and two goats at The Great Geauga County Fair livestock sale. I am a member of Swing in’ Hams 4-H club as well as Geauga Caprine Kids 4-H club where I have held many leadership roles and this year I am president. I am the secretary for Junior Fairboard and have been a member for 4 years. This year I have been chosen to participate on the court for The Great Geauga County Fair Queen with three other girls. I was also given the honor to receive the 2012 Ronnie Rennolds Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded at the beginning of the livestock sale. This year I am raising a market hog to donate the meat to Geauga County Job and Family Services for my club’s community service project. I am very committed and involved in the 4-H program leading many community service projects and events. I will be starting my sophomore year of college at Kent State University, where I am working towards receiving my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Next year I plan to become an advisor of one of my clubs and I am excited to be able to teach 4-H members what I have learned over the years and make their 4-H experience as great as mine has been. If you are able to attend the Fair, I would love to have the opportunity to speak with you about my animals and the 4-H program. I will have my pig Samson at the Fair and if you enter in the main entrance of the pig barn, I will be the first pen on the right hand side. Samson is a Hampshire barrow and he is growing fast. He is very wide and has a stocky build, which will provide a lot of good quality meat. I will also be taking one pure bred Boer Goat to auction named Duke and a Savannah Kiko cross breed meat goat named Wally. If you enter the goat barn in the main entrance, my goats will be to the left hand side of the barn. My turkey will be on the outside of the poultry barn and you can look for the name Petrie. I have worked very hard this year to be able to produce the best quality product I can, while giving the animals an excellent quality of life. This year will be my last year to participate in the livestock sale and I will be putting the profits towards my college education. I hope you are able to attend the livestock sale Saturday, Sept. 1 to support Junior Fair.

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THE 2012 GREAT GEAUGA COUNTY FAIR —Daily Schedule— Thursday, Aug. 30

Youth Day

All Youth 18 and Under Admitted Free. Reduced ride prices from noon to 10 p.m. Demolition Derby at 8:30 p.m. in the Main Grandstand Chicken Flying Contest at noon in Small Grandstand hosted by Jason Handman of WOIO Channel 19 Youth Fishing for Ages 14 & under from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Natural Resource Area 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Jr. Fair Market Poultry Show - pen of 4 chickens Poultry Barn Jr. Fair Pack Goat Show Natural Resource Area Jr. Fair Horse Show East Show Ring Jr. Fair Sheep Show Small Arena Jr. Fair Swine Show Arena Jr. Fair Hitch/Harness Goat Show Small Grandstand Jr. Fair Dairy Goat Show Auction Tent Woodcarving Demonstration Midway CHICKEN FLYING CONTEST Small Grandstand Jr. Fair Market Poultry Show - ducks and turkeys Small Arena Don Heath – Country Midway Stage Rebekah Jean Jr. Fair Stage Joe Lexso – Variety Bill Plants Pavilion Rock N Roll N Country Jr. Fair Stage Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Jr. Fair Garden Produce Judging Jr. Fair Building Rae Debevits – Country Midway Stage The X Chromotones – Rock Bill Plants Pavilion Open Miniature Horse Show Small Grandstand Second Chance Midway Stage The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion 4-H Cloverleafs – square dancers Jr. Fair Building Rabbit Breed Show – Jr. Fair Rabbit Barn Bats Incredible – Geauga Soil & Water Natural Resource Area Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Jr. Fair Pygmy Goat Show Small Arena Tom Evancheck – Country Bill Plants Pavilion Outer Space Traveler – Geauga Pk Dist. Naturalist Natural Resource Area No Money Down – Rock, Blues & Country Midway Stage Archery Demonstration – Geauga Bowmen Natural Resource Area Woodcarving Demonstration Main Midway Trapping - Ohio Trapper’s Assoc. Natural Resource Area Mapletown Square Dancers Bill Plants Pavilion Retrievers, The Dogs That Make a Splash Natural Resource Area Firemen Water Battle Main Grandstand 4-H Cloverleafs – Square Dancers Jr. Fair Building Hot Air Balloon Ascension Main Grandstand Junior Fair King and Queen Coronation Jr. Fair Pavilion Open Swine Show Arena Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Flag Drop & Anthem by Rae DeBivets Main Grandstand Swamp Rattlers – Blues & Rock Midway Stage The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion Family Dogs – Roots Blues, Folk N Gospel Bill Plants Pavilion Recess – Kids Band Jr. Fair Stage DEMOLITION DERBY Main Grandstand

Friday, Aug. 31

Senior Citizen, Veterans’ and Youth Day

Age 65 and Older, All Veterans and All Youth 18 and Under Admitted Free. Reduced ride prices from noon to 10 p.m. Horse Pulls – Main Grandstand at 6 p.m. CHRIS HIGBEE - Country Music in the Small Grandstand at 8 p.m. – FREE SHOW Youth Fishing for Ages 14 & under from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Natural Resource Area 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.

Jr. Fair Horse Show Rabbit Showmanship Jr. Fair Beef Show Jr. Fair Dairy Show Jr. Fair Poultry Showmanship Open Dairy Goat Show

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Friday, Aug. 31 continued

9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.

Horse Halter Show Small Grandstand Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Moore Brothers – Variety Midway Stage Wes Harrison – Sound Effects Jr. Fair Stage Joe Lexso – Country Bill Plants Pavilion Open Beef Show Arena Just “4” Fun Strolling the Grounds Chardon Polka Band Jr. Fair Stage Sandy’s B Line Midway Stage Brian Fish – Variety Domestic Arts Building Dixieland Band Strolling the Grounds Tom Todd – 1 Man Band Bill Plants Pavilion Wildlife Bing – Punderson State Park Natural Resource Area Jr. Fair Fancy Poultry Show Auction Tent Riverboat Strolling the Grounds 4-H Cloverleafs – Square Dancers Jr. Fair Building The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Outer Space Traveler – Geauga Pk Dist. Naturalist Natural Resource Area Hobo Band – Polka Midway Stage Firehouse Harmonica Band Bill Plants Pavilion Bats Incredible – Geauga Soil & Water Natural Resource Area Penny Arcade – Barbershop Strolling the Grounds Wes Harrison – Sound Effects Jr. Fair Stage Live Birds of Prey & Friends - Lake Metro Pk. Wildlife Natural Resource Area Moore Brothers – Variety Midway Stage Flag Drop & Anthem by Sarah Soulsby Main Grandstand HORSE PULLING Main Grandstand The Switch Band Small Grandstand B & B Magic Balloons Strolling the Grounds Sarah Soulsby – Variety Jr. Fair Stage Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Trapping - Ohio Trapper’s Assoc. Natural Resource Area Archery Demonstration – Geauga Bowman Natural Resource Area Hot Air Balloon Ascension Main Grandstand Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Championship Ranch Sorting East Show Ring The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion 4-H Cloverleafs – Square Dancers Jr. Fair Building CHRIS HIGBEE – Country Small Grandstand Honky Tonks – Variety Midway Stage Fort Huntsburg – Country Jr. Fair Stage

Saturday, Sept. 1

Apple Pie Day ~ Apple Pie Auction at 2:30 p.m. Jr. Fair Livestock Sales: Small Animal 4 p.m. in Auction Tent and Large Animal 6 p.m. in Arena Demolition Derby at 8:30 p.m. in Main Grandstand Youth Fishing for Ages 14 & under from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Natural Resource Area 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Donkey and Mule Show Jr. Fair Horse Show Open Rabbit Show Open Dairy Show Open Sheep Show Open Poultry Show Jr. Fair Small Animal Show Woodcarving Demonstration Jr. Fair Band Anthem by Maria Vrenka Puppets of Peace Chordials Harness Horse Racing Cameron Lane – Banjo The Great Geauga Fair Band Woodcarving Demonstration Brooklyn Dixieland Band Maria Vrenka – Variety

Small Grandstand East Show Ring Rabbit Barn Arena Small Arena Poultry Barn Junior Fair Building Midway Vernon Howard Pavilion Main Grandstand Midway Stage Strolling the Grounds Main Grandstand Bill Plants Pavilion Vernon Howard Pavilion Midway Midway Stage Strolling the Grounds Bill Plants Pavilion Continued on next page

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Saturday, Sept. 1

1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Live Birds of Prey & Friends - Lake Metro Pk. Wildlife Natural Resource Area Livestock Buyers registration starts Arena Jr. Fair Style Show Jr. Fair Building Retrievers, The Dogs That Make a Splash Natural Resource Area Rockin Robot Strolling the Grounds Apple Pie Auction Vernon Howard Pavilion Second Chance Midway Stage Sarah Anderson – Variety Bill Plants Pavilion Wildlife Bingo – Punderson State Park Natural Resource Area B & B Magic & Balloons Strolling the Grounds Archery Trick Shooting – Geauga Bowmen Natural Resource Area Outer Space Traveler - Geauga Pk Dist. Naturalists Natural Resource Area SMALL ANIMAL LIVESTOCK SALE Auction Tent Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Madi Plu – Variety Midway Stage Maria Vrenka – Variety Bill Plants Pavilion Bats Incredible – Geauga Soil & Water Natural Resource Area Gospel Echoes Jr. Fair Stage Walnut Hill Cloggers Jr. Fair Building Live Birds of Prey & Friends - Lake Metro Pk. Wildlife Natural Resource Area Geauga Highlanders Strolling the Grounds Woodcarving Demonstration Midway LARGE ANIMAL LIVESTOCK SALE Arena Firemen – Water Battle Main Grandstand Laura Fedor Midway Stage Archery Trick Shooting – Geauga Bowmen Natural Resource Area Boys Are Back – Classic Rock Acoustic Bill Plants Pavilion Caitlyn Overton Jr. Fair Stage Retrievers, The Dogs That Make a Splash Natural Resource Area Hot Air Balloon Ascension Main Grandstand Riverboat Strolling the Grounds The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion 4-H Cloverleafs & Alumni Jr. Fair Building Pony Pull Small Grandstand Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Flag Drop and Anthem by Maria Vrenka Main Grandstand Fort Huntsburg – Country Midway Stage Miles Beyond – Blues, Motown, classic rock Jr. Fair Stage The Fingerpost – Acoustic Folk Bill Plants Pavilion DEMOLITION DERBY Main Grandstand

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012

Band-O-Rama - High School Marching Bands from across the county perform live at the Main Grandstand at 1:30 p.m. Rooster Crowing Contest at 4 p.m. at Small Arena hosted by Mark Nolan of WMJI Radio Truck & Tractor Pulls at the Main Grandstand at 6 p.m. Youth Fishing for Ages 14 & under from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Natural Resource Area 8:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m.

Pony Show, Draft Horse & Pony Hitch Classes Small Grandstand Open Western Horse Show East Show Ring Worship Service Jr. Fair Pavilion Entries submitted for Anyone Can Bake Contest Jr. Fair Building 4-H Cloverleafs Bill Plants Pavilion Anyone Can Bake Jr. Fair Building Woodcarving Demonstration Midway The Family Dogs Main Grandstand Geauga K-9 West of Floral Hall Tom Evancheck – Variety Midway Stage Dixieland Band Strolling the Grounds 4-H Cloverleafs Bill Plants Pavilion Mitchell Monroe Jr. Fair Stag Flag Drop – Veteran Appreciation Main Grandstand Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Archery Trick Shooting – Geauga Bowmen Natural Resource Area BAND-O-RAMA Main Grandstand Back up Band – Rhythm N Blues Midway Stage Brittany Eskew – Country, R & B Jr. Fair Stage Take II Bill Plants Pavilion Live Birds of Prey & Friends - Lake Metro Pk. Wildlife Natural Resource Area Brian Fish Domestic Arts Building Chordials Strolling the Grounds Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Retrievers, The Dogs That Make a Splash Natural Resource Area Rockin Robot Strolling the Grounds

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3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

The Family Dogs Bill Plants Pavilion The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion Diaper Dash Jr. Fair Building B & B Magic & Balloons Strolling the Grounds Firemen Water Battle Main Grandstand Rosemary Heredo – Celtic Midway Stage ROOSTER CROWING CONTEST Small Arena Dog Show Arena Outer space Traveler – Geauga Pk Dist. Naturalists Natural Resource Area Penny Arcade Strolling the Grounds Mitchell Monroe Jr. Fair Stage Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Live Birds of Prey & Friends - Lake Metro Pk. Wildlife Natural Resource Area Take II Bill Plants Pavilion Flag Drop & Anthem by Brittany Eskew Main Grandstand Fort Huntsburg Band Midway Stage Bats Incredible – Geauga Soil & Water Natural Resource Area TRUCK & TRACTOR PULLS Main Grandstand Geauga Highlanders Strolling the Grounds Brianna Sitler – Variety Jr. Fair Stage Archery Trick Shooting – Geauga Bowmen Natural Resource Area Mapletown Square Dancers Bill Plants Pavilion Retrievers, The Dogs That Make A Splash Natural Resource Area Hot Air Balloon Ascension Main Grandstand The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion Geauga County Fair Horse Challenge Small Grandstand Maple Mt. Quartet Strolling the Grounds Woodcarver Main Midway Peter Nero – Rock N Roll Midway Stage Recess Band Jr. Fair Stage 4-H Cloverleafs Bill Plants Pavillion Riverboat Strolling the Grounds

Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 LABOR DAY

Frog Jumping at 3 p.m. in the Arena US FMX Championship Series Motocross in Main Grandstand at 5:30 p.m. Youth Fishing for Ages 14 & under from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Natural Resource Area 8:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m.

Pony Show, Draft Horse & Pony Hitch Classes Small Grandstand Open English Horse Show East Show Ring Jr. Fair Showmanship Sweepstakes Arena Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Puppets of Peace Midway Stage Jr. Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion Hammett & Kovich Puppets Bill Plants Pavilion Rockin Robot Strolling the Grounds Jr. Fair All Animal Costume Class B Jr. Fair Building B & B Magic & Balloons Strolling the Grounds Buckeye Pedal Tractor Pulls Midway Ty Kellogg Midway Stage The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion Jr. Fair All Animal Costume Class A Arena Live Birds of Prey & Friends - Lake Metro Pk. Wildlife Natural Resource Area Sara Nicole – Country Christian Jr. Fair Stage 4-H Cloverleafs Jr. Fair Pavilion Retrievers, The Dogs That Make a Splash Natural Resource Area Ruth Chapman – Bagpipes Midway Stage Walnut Hill Cloggers Jr. Fair Building Woodcarving Demonstration Midway FROG JUMPING CONTEST Arena Outer Space Traveler-Geauga Pk Dist. Naturalists Natural Resource Area Fuz Monkeys Bill Plants Pavilion Archery Trick Shooting – Geauga Bowmen Natural Resource Area 4-H Cloverleafs Jr. Fair Stage Retrievers, The Dogs That Make a Splash Natural Resource Area Lea Madda – Country Midway Stage The Great Geauga Fair Band Vernon Howard Pavilion Flag Drop and Anthem Main Grandstand Woodcarving Demonstration Midway MOTOCROSS Main Grandstand Woodcarving Demonstration Midway Livestock, Jr. Fair Exhibits & Open Show Exhibits released

Fair Souvenirs available in the Domestic Arts Building

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Middlefield Post August 22nd, 2012 Fair Edition  

Middlefield Post August 22nd, 2012 Fair Edition

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