Canfield Fairgrounds Invests in Youth Agriculture

CANFIELD, Ohio — To accommodate the increasing trend of youth in agriculture, the Canfield Fairgrounds is positioning itself for continued expansion over the next decade and beyond with the Canfield Fair Event Center – Home of the Junior Fair.

The fairgrounds broke ground on the 80,000-square-foot building in September. The first of three phases will be completed this summer in time for the 174th Canfield Fair scheduled for Sept. 2 to 7. To date, an aggressive fundraising campaign has raised $2.1 million of the $4.2 million cost for the project, reports Bergen Giordani, fundraising and marketing.

Attendance at the Canfield Fair last year was up 4% over 2018. The fair featured 942 concessions stands, which used 154,000 lemons for lemon shakes and more than 500 tons of potatoes for french fries, Giordani says.

There were 38 4-H clubs showing animals at the fair and an additional 22 4-H clubs with educational displays. More than $33,000 in scholarships were presented during the fair and over $500,000 was raised from the sale of the Junior Fair Market animals, she says. Proceeds go directly back to the young adults who raised these animals to help pay for college or to raise additional animals in the future.

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