Canfield Fair Attendance Declines from Previous Year

CANFIELD, Ohio – Attendance at this year’s Canfield Fair totaled 245,140 over all six days, a decline of about 40,000 from last year’s attendance of 285,126.

Fair officials blamed the drop on Sunday’s steady rain, which extended into Monday afternoon. Those two days include the grandstand concerts and usually are among the best attended.

“Weather played a factor in the attendance dip from last year, but it was great to see 8,000 fans Sunday night for the Sam Hunt concert, said George Roman, fair board director. Seating capacity for the concerts is 9,700, which includes 6,200 seats in the grandstand and the remainder in temporary seats on the floor.

Sunday’s concert by classic rocker John Fogerty also had strong attendance but was well short of a sellout. The grandstand was about two-thirds full and seats went unfilled on the floor.

This year’s fair was marred late Saturday evening by fights and gunshots. Seven juveniles and four adults were arrested and are facing charges.

Here is a breakdown of daily fair attendance, with this year’s figure, followed by the 2021 figure:

  • Wednesday: 23,037; 17,549
  • Thursday: 34,970; 35,991
  • Friday: 44,631; 45,844
  • Saturday: 71,497; 68,971
  • Sunday: 40,241; 48,859
  • Monday: 30,764; 57,912

Pictured: The midways were mostly empty at about 10 p.m. Monday night during the final hour of the Canfield Fair.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.