The Cuyahoga County Fair returns with even more family-friendly fun to enjoy

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Prime Time Carnival Co. is stocking the midway at the Cuyahoga County Fair with more than 45 rides, games and concessions for all ages.

By Patricia Nugent

From midway rides to horse shows, stunt dogs, arts and crafts, beer and wine gardens, family dance parties, a demolition derby, farm animals and fireworks galore, the Cuyahoga County Fair, themed “125 Years of Family Fun,” comes to town Tuesday, August 9, through Sunday, August 14.

We caught up with Fair PR & Media Director Tim Fowler to get a perspective on the staying power of the Fair.

“Every year enhances a strong tradition of showcasing, displaying, judging, educating and agricultural exhibits along with a midway in a festive, entertaining atmosphere,” he says.

The long history of Cuyahoga County’s contribution to agricultural production, processing and distribution, he says, combined with great support from urban patrons and vendors, continue to make the fair one of the top 10 fairs in Ohio.

“This year is no different, with plenty of animals, the best in fair food and midway rides combined with an accessible location,” says Tim, who notes they expect around 200,000 in attendance.

Letting it Ride
The Fair is thrilled to announce that Prime Time Carnival Co. is stocking the midway with more than 45 rides, games and concessions for all ages.

And, of course, you can’t experience anything on an empty stomach. Don’t miss the Lemonade, Walking Tacos, Funnel Cakes and more.

When the sun goes down the rides light up, and so does the sky on Thursday and Saturday, with fireworks shows at 10 p.m. The midway will also offer a variety of acts—everything from stilt walkers to magicians, Elvis impersonator and Jungle Bob.

Agriculture, Horseracing, Arts and Crafts
“We encourage people to exhibit their prize-worthy items, including vegetables, crafts, flowers, antiques and hobbies, everything from crochet to cattle, sheep to swine,” adds Fair Board Director, Jim Lewandowski. Entering is easy at, where you can also check out all the categories within the Premium Book.

Fair Board Treasurer, Gail Wind, is all things Equestrian at the fair. She invites all to enjoy Harness Race Action on tap opening day, Tuesday, August 9, at 4 p.m. with pari-mutuel wagering featuring BETologist Bob Roberts’ handicapping 101 from 2-4 p.m.

The horse show takes place Saturday, August 13, at 8 a.m., with classes offered for many different types of riders. While riders young and old compete in different classes, the crowd favorite is the Costume Class, where horse and rider participate in very creative costumes.

In the end, attracting a wide population of attendees, all strolling the same midway in a communion of family fun, is what has been the one constant through the years.

According to PR & Media Ambassador Candyce Traci, “I am both professionally and personally proud of the way ethnic diversity of fair attendees has come to include so many from every walk of life. Family fun is for everyone, and we hope to continue the annual tradition of the Cuyahoga County Fair for many generations to come.”

The Cuyahoga County Fair is held Tuesday through Sunday, August 9 through 14, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 East Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights. General Fair Gate Admission is $10 and kids 3-and-under, along with active military with valid ID, are free. You can purchase advance online tickets for $9 per person, now through Monday, August 8. General admission plus an all-day ride wristband that allows access to all rides is $25 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; $30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Call 440-243-0090 or visit for detailed schedules.

While County Fair Organizers make all provisions to provide accurate information at press deadline, performance features and attraction times are subject to change without notice or beyond their control. Further, selected attractions may be cancelled and/or delayed beyond our control during inclement weather.