Medina County Fairgrounds

As a kid, John will always remember the memories of the fair. His grandparents loved telling him stories of the farmers grouping in the Town Square during the 1830s to share tips and compare their crops. They used to tell him how you could smell the cattle and freshly cut crops from across town. As the years passed the amount of farmers would grow and eventually the farmers’ wives would come to compare crafts. His grandfather was on the first committee that judged the cattle. They tried to form an agricultural organization but was unsuccessful due to lack of organization. However they were successful in forming the Agricultural Society in 1845. His grandparents told him about when the fair moved away from the square to a plot of land. They told him stories about when they added the first race track and all the excitement it caused. They remembered how crowded and popular the fair got until 1859 when smaller counties started make their own fairs. The years following were hard for the Medina Fair because it lost a lot of support which caused them gained a large debt. The Civil War affected many of the smaller towns and their fairs but the Medina Fair survived the war and came out in good financial condition. The fair continued to expand as time passed and buy more acres to add more buildings. His mother loved telling him about when she was little and joined 4H in 1919. As technology improved the fair could be opened for longer because lights were added in 1922. A few years later in 1928 was the first time they had fireworks. His parents remember when they first rode the Ferris wheel after dark, swinging above the lighted, busy fair. His dad tells him about when he tried to impress his mom by winning her a stuffed animal from the new arcade games. A few years later in 1942, the fair was shortened to one day due to the World War. The prizes were also given out in form of war bonds and stamps. Many events were added and taken away over the years. For example, they have had baseball games, balloonists, sack races, and many others. He remember in 1951 when the fair was cancelled due to the polio epidemic. As the years go by he will gain more memories of the fair.

Images

Aerial View with the Race Track

Aerial View with the Race Track

This picture shows an aerial view of the fair. The Medina County Fair first began in 1845 when the Agricultural Society formed and started going to the fairgrounds to trade crops and livestock. This photo shows the improved race track.The first race track was built in 1855 and was used for horse races. The first races were single horses running alone for a time and the horse with the fastest time won. The track was also used to test the strength of draft horses where the horses had to pull a stone boat. The track was also used to determine the best equestrian rider. The track was only one-fourth of a mile long. By 1855 there were over 1000 entries and and approximately 15000 attended to watch the horse races. This was when they decided to expand the track. Image Courtesy of the Gazette View File Details Page

Aerial View of Amusement Rides

Aerial View of Amusement Rides

The picture shown shows an aerial view of the amusement park of the fair. Each year the fair added more and more stands, rides, and shows at the fair. The fair has put over one million dollars toward the expansion of the Medina County Fair. The fair's original budget was $67.50 and had expanded to $1,000,000. With a big budget and over 800 exhibits, 350 concessionaires, and 1200 Juniors Fair Member, it's no wonder that the fair has over 110,000 attendees each year, and continues to grow each and every year. Image Courtesy of "Medina The City The County The People" View File Details Page

Horse Races

Horse Races

The picture shown is showing one of the many horse races that occur on the Medina County Fair race track. The picture shows the horses with riders racing around the quarter mile track. Many different events took place on the race track such as equestrian riding and the use of horses to pull stone boats. Other events such as the single horse races also took place on this track. Over 1000 people had entered their horses in some event at the track. Records show that any animal had a chance at winning. Image Courtesy of " Remembering Medina County" by Judy A. Totts found in Medina County Library. View File Details Page

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For many years people would bring their animals up to the square to show, share tips, and compete their cattle. Years later after moving to the fairgrounds people began to sell their cattle. This image from 1920 shows an old advertisement to get people to come and purchase cattle at the fair. The advertisement is showing the first annual Jersey Breeders sale of cattle hosted by the Medina County Jersey Cattle Club. Cattle showing has been one of the biggest parts of the fair and originates back to the first ever Medina County Fair in 1833. Image Courtesy of Library of Congress View File Details Page

4-H Groups

4-H Groups

In 1922, the members of the Sharon Just-A-Meres 4-H club took their projects to the fair. This group of individuals range for all ages and genders. In 4-H, you can be any age with an interest in animals and the community to get involved in exciting and fun learning experiences with friends and families. 4-H provides kids and teens to get active and involved in helping take care of animals and taking care of the community. It helps in youth development and youth organization. Besides children and teens, 4-H helps adult volunteers and mentors to inspire young people. Image Courtesy of "Remembering Medina County" by Judy A. Totts View File Details Page

Fair Queen

Fair Queen

Each year at the Medina County Fair, there is a king and a queen. Miss Kunkle had been the Fair Queen in 1954. In order to be elected, you have to be between the ages of 16-19. This person has to be a well rounded, good representation of Medina County, and if unable to fulfill their duties will relinquish her title. In addition to the Fair Queen there also is a Fair King who has to follow the same rules and guidelines as the Queen. When crowned Fair Queen you receive; a sash, a tiara and an embroidered jacket provided by the Medina County Agricultural Society. In this photo, Miss Kunkle is shown with a sign that reads, “A Handful of Hay Brings a Prosperity Day.” Image Courtesy of Cleveland Memory Project View File Details Page

Audio

Allison Loftis Talks About Showing Animals at the Fair

Allison talks about the different animals she shows at the fair and how they affect her relationships outside of the fair. View File Details Page

Allison Loftis Talks About Her Memories at the Fair

Allison talks briefly about personal experiences at the fair, the purpose of showing animals at the fair, and the variety of people who come to the fair. View File Details Page

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Cassy, Madison, and Samantha
, “Medina County Fairgrounds,” Discover Medina, accessed March 24, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/263.

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