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Fulton County Fair

Fulton County Fair
Fulton County Fair logo.png
"Top of Ohio"
StatusActive
GenreCounty fair
BeginsFriday before Labor Day
EndsThursday after Labor Day
FrequencyAnnually
VenueFulton County Fairgrounds
Location(s)Wauseon, Ohio
Coordinates41°35′49″N 84°09′02″W / 41.5969792°N 84.1504561°W / 41.5969792; -84.1504561
CountryUnited States
Years active162
Inaugurated1858 (1858)
Attendance298,346/week (2015 record)[1]
Capacity60,792/day (2003 record)[2]
LeaderEd Miller, President
Organized byFulton County Fair Board
Websitefultoncountyfair.com

The Fulton County Fair is located in Dover Township, Fulton County on Ohio State Route 108, just north the Ohio Turnpike Exit 34 near Wauseon. It is the second largest[3] county fair in Ohio.

History

Fulton County 9/11 Memorial

The first Fulton County Fair took place in 1858.

Attendance

Weekly fair attendance broke 100,000 in 1972,[4] and in 2014, the 157th fair, attendance was 298,346.[1]

Daily attendance during busy days can more than double the county's population of about 40,000 to over 100,000 people.[2] In 2019, the fair shattered its previous attendance record of 298,346 by hosting 340,594 attendees. That makes the Fulton County Fair Ohio's third-largest fair behind the Ohio State Fair, and the Canfield Fair.

9/11 Memorial

Featured on the fairgrounds is the Fulton County 9-11 Memorial, which displays a 3600-pound steel I-beam[5] from Ground Zero. The beam arrived in 2011[6] and the same year, design of the memorial began.[7] Work began in 2013[8] and is now complete.

Events

Year-Round

Traditional events that the fairgrounds hosts annually[9] include an MCC auction to fund humanitarian relief by the Mennonite church,[10] the National Threshers Association Renunion,[11] the Crosley Car Owners Club National Meet,[12] the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Show & Race [13] and Midwest Geobash one of the largest annual gatherings of Geocachers worldwide. [14]

Fair Week

Fair Week traditionally begins in Fulton County on Labor Day weekend, and features popular music celebrities, tractor pulling, a demolition derby, harness racing, 4-H exhibits, livestock shows, show barns with pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, horses, llamas, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, and carnival games on the midway.

Fair officers and officials

As of 2019, the fair officials are as follows:[15]

• President Dennis Wyse
• Vice President John Lovejoy
• Treasurer Larry Burkholder
• Secretary April Kuckuck

References

  1. ^ a b Fulton County Fair Aims to Draw 300,000 ToledoBlade.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b 250,000 Expected to Attend Fulton County Fair ToledoBlade.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016
  3. ^ Fulton County Fair Second Largest Fair in Ohio WTOL.com Retrieved 28 March 2016
  4. ^ 150 Years Old and Still One of the Best ArchboldBuckeye.com Retrieved 28 March 2016
  5. ^ A decade later, firefighters bring 9/11 home SanDiegoTribune.com Retrieved 28 March 2016
  6. ^ World Trade Center Beam Arrives Archboldbuckeye.com Retrieved 28 March 2016
  7. ^ Memorial Gets Design Archboldbuckeye.com Retrieved 28 March 2016
  8. ^ Work Starts on 9-11 Memorial ToledoBlade.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  9. ^ Year-Round Events FultonCountyFair.com
  10. ^ MCC Black Swamp Benefit BlackSwampBenefit.org. Retrieved 28 March 2016
  11. ^ National Threshers nationalthreshers.com Retrieved 28 March 2016
  12. ^ Crosley Care Owners Club Events crosleyautoclub.com Retrieved 28 March 2016
  13. ^ AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America Events AntiqueMotorcycle.org. Retrieved 28 March 2016
  14. ^ MWGB Midwest Geobash MWGB.org. Retrieved 7 Sept 2017
  15. ^ Fair Board Members FultonCountyFair.com

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