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All's fair in Erie County

Beth Werling • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Want to go?

WHAT: Erie County Fair

WHEN: Aug. 9-14

WHERE: Erie County Fairgrounds, 3110 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

COST: $20/season ticket (all-week pass); $7 gate admission; $5/ride passes

INFO:  For more ticket prices, visit eriecountyohiofair.com

It’s all about the kids.That’s the motivation behind the Erie County Fair. From the rides to the exhibits to the performances, the fair is the county’s family-friendly event of the summer.

“We gear our fair toward the family environment-moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas,” said Bob McDonald, president of the fair board. “It’s like the biggest block party in the county for six days.”

The fair, which runs from August 9-14, is a flurry of activity for kids and their families. Children can pick from dozens of activities to fill their time at the fair, including participation in the 4H projects or Open Class categories. Those areas include photography, baking, hobbies and crafts, and farm and garden.

“What we do is we put on fairs every year for the kids to come out and show their projects,” McDonald said. “It gives them a lot of responsibility and self-reward. It’s just endless with the different projects the kids can take on.”

Don’t worry, mom and dad. You can get in on the action, too. “There are a lot of Open Class projects where adults can come in to the fair,” McDonald said.

Another aspect the kids will enjoy is the rides. McDonald said the fair’s rides are geared toward children 12 and younger.

“We don’t have super coasters like at Cedar Point,” he said. “We want little kids to be able to come and ride the rides.”

The fair board even touts a Kids Day. On Wednesday, children younger than 16 get free admission until 4 p.m. On that day, kids and their families can enjoy such acts as hypnotist Mike Bishop, country singer DeWayne Spaw, Berlin Heights native and singer Tiffany Lee, the antics of the Zooperstars! and the Beautiful Baby Contest.

Throughout the week, broods can check out tractor pulls, the song stylings of The Voices of Ohio, chainsaw carver Duane Mason, Magician Brad Schreiber and, of course, the demolition derby. “

There’s so much entertainment going on,” McDonald said. “There’s something going on from the time the fair opens until the time it closes. It’s good family-fun entertainment.”

Where to find it:

Rides: west side of fairgrounds

Entertainment, Heritage Area, Commercial Area & Youth Exhibits: center of fairgrounds

Animals: east side of fairgrounds

The Entertainment

Looking for a little entertainment at this year’s Erie County Fair? Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered. Fair organizers have brought together a variety of acts to satisfy any entertainment appetite.

“We like to mix up the entertainment,” said Bob McDonald, president of the fair board. New to the fair this year is the young, local group Rockin’America, as well as The Voices of Ohio, a group that performs both traditional and contemporary music. Berlin Heights native Tiffany Lee will also sing some tunes, while fair favorite DeWayne Spaw will charm the crowd with his vocals.

“Fairgoers just love him,” said fair promoter Patty Snow. “It just seems like without him there wouldn’t be a fair. He’s like a staple.”

If music isn’t your thing, check out magician Brad Schreiber or the Broken Horn Rodeo. Wendy from Wendy’s restaurant fame will even be on hand to ride a horse. Or maybe you’ll be lured to hypnotist Mike Bishop’s show.

“It’s shocking what he can make these people do,” Snow said “He’s got some unbelievable powers.”

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