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Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Fair Daily Features

Fair Daily Features

Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016 (All day)
Event Category: 

Fair Daily Features (SPD = Shows Per Day)
Professor Bubblemaker - 3SPD
Haunted House & The Beast - All Day
Juggler & Unicyclist Wade Henry - All Day
Chainsaw Woodcarvers - All Day
Rattlesnake Demonstration - 3SPD
Muttville Comix Dog Act - 3 SPD
Daily Honey Extractions in the Bee Barn - See sandwich board in Bee Barn
Junior Fair Ice Cream Fundraiser - Junior Fair Building
Junior Fair Silent Auction - Bidding ends Saturday at 6pm
Boy Scout Activities - Junior Fair Building
Sancho the World Champion Texas Longhorn Steer - South Midway

Thu, August 11, 2016 (All day)
 
Seth Chwast "Energy in Art" Exhibit

Seth Chwast "Energy in Art" Exhibit

Seth Chwast Art Exhibit
Event Date: 
Mon, August 8, 2016 (All day)
Event Category: 

Seth was diagnosed at 21 months as autistic and at age 18 was evaluated resulting in a career recommendation of "dry mopping".  At age 20 he took his first art class and by 23 was a featured artist on The Today Show.  Now 33, Seth has exhibited at the Cleveland Clinic, The Natural History Museum, hospitals, museums and universities throughout America.  In 2011, Seth came in first place in a world-wide United Nations competition and his art was placed on a postal stamp to promote autism awareness.  Internationally he has exhibited in Galapagos, Cayman, Curacao, Kiev and The United Nations.  In August Seth and his mother Debra will spend 30 days in France while his art is exhibited in several provinces across France.  

We will move into The Sustainability Center after the opening ceremony to cut the ribbon and open the art exhibit.  Cake will be served in celebration of the exhibit.  Seth and his mother Debra will be on site to meet and greet visitors.  Debra will give a brief presentation on Seth's "journey into art" and the challenges and rewards of autism. As it turns out, two of Seth's favorite things are amusement parks and wind turbines.  We got that!

 

Thu, August 11, 2016 (All day) Sustainability Center
 
Milking Cow

Milking Cow

Milking Cow
Event Date: 
Mon, August 8, 2016 (All day)
Stage: 
Event Category: 

If your kids weren't raised on a farm, it's likely they've never had the experience of milking a cow.  Well, the Cuyahoga County Fair has the answer.  Bring your kids into the Sheep Barn, where just to the right of the entrance, you'll see our Milking Cow.  She's a very placid cow, largely because she's made out of plastic, but she does produce milk, which is kind of miraculous when you think about it.  Your kids will have an udderly fantastic time, so bring a bowl of dry cereal, and have at it.

Thu, August 11, 2016 (All day) Sheep Barn
 
10:00am
Dairy Goat Judging
Dairy Goat Judging

Dairy Goat Judging

Dairy Goat Judging
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Watch your shorts and camera straps.  Goats will nibble on anything.  Loved for their curiosity and mischievous playfulness, goats are also responsible for some delicious dairy products... from milk to cheeses and more.  Fun fact:  The etymology of the phrase "to get someone's goat" is purportedly derived from the practice of putting goats in the stalls of thoroughbreds to calm their nerves before a race.  A sneaky rival would "get the goat" (i.e. remove it from the stall), agitating the horse, and hurting his odds of winning. So if you've been racing around all day, and the nerves are a bit frayed, stop by the Sheep Barn and hang out with the goats for a while.  They'll be sure to make you smile.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Stage/Location:
Sheep Barn
 
10:30am
Rabbit Evaluations, Costume Contest & Showmanship
Rabbit Evaluations, Costume Contest & Showmanship

Rabbit Evaluations, Costume Contest & Showmanship

Rabbit Evaluations, Costume Contest & Showmanship
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:30am to 3:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

With floppy ears, twitchy noses, cotton tails, and fur soft as angel feathers, who doesn't love a bunny?  No one, that's who.  And they're even cuter all dolled up for the costume contest, which is not to be missed.  Afterwards, pay a visit to our Rabbit Barn, where you may even get to pet a rabbit, assuming you're not Elmer Fudd, Lenny, or a dog dressed as a person.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:30am to 3:30pm
Stage/Location:
Cow Palace
 
11:30am
Pinot's Palette Open Studio Painting
Pinot's Palette Open Studio Painting

Pinot's Palette Open Studio Painting

Pinot's Palette Open Studio Painting
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event Category: 

Join us at Cuyahoga County Fair Grounds. Bring the whole family, ALL AGES WELCOME, and paint your very own 10x10 for only $10 per painter. We will have examples and artists there to guide you - and you can let your creativity flow!

Click here to pre-register online. Walk-ups also welcome while supplies last.

Painting will be located in the Jr. Fair Building, which is the first building on left when entering off of Bagley Rd 

Admission to the fair is FREE on Thurs, Aug 11th until 3pm. Parking is FREE as well. 

Thu, August 11, 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Stage/Location:
Junior Fair Building
 
12:00pm
Pony Hitch Class Judging
Pony Hitch Class Judging
Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Stage/Location:
Grandstand
 
Sheep Education Program
Sheep Education Program

Sheep Education Program

Sheep Education Program
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Find out why sheep seem to be so negative about everything.., baaah!  But more importantly, find out how sheep have been so valuable to people, from dairy products, to wool and meat.  Herd your flock into the barn to find out more about these wooly creatures.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage/Location:
Sheep Barn
 
4-H Hands-On Activities
4-H Hands-On Activities
Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Stage/Location:
Junior Fair Building
 
Illusionist John Bloom - "Imagine"

Illusionist John Bloom - "Imagine"

Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Event Category: 

For nearly twenty-five years Grand Stage Illusionist and Master Magician John Steven Bloom has been wowing audiences and garnering critical acclaim for his special blend of magic, humor and family entertainment. Touring, public speaking and giving back to the community adds to the appeal of this already multi-faceted performer.

With a flexible show that crosses demographics Mr. Bloom has appeared with rock legends Alice Cooper, Neal Schon and Kevin Cronin, comedian'Weird Al' Yankovic and country stars and actors such as Pam Tillis and Billy Bob Thornton, to name a few. John has been seen on international stages, headlined at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas and has been featured on statewide televised programs. Most enjoyable, perhaps, are the many opportunities for his full-length. fully-staged productions in local and regional performance venues which include his entire family.

While John is proud of many achievements within his craft he is most pleased with having been the first magic act accepted into both the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council's Fee Support/Ohio Artists on Tour roster. In addition, he is an Ohio Performer's Showcase feature act and is regularly requested by Fortune 500 companies as a motivational speaker. His ability to meld magic and music into product promotion has boosted customer service for WalMart, Con-Agra Foods and Schering-Key labs, among others.

Mr. Bloom is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, IBM Ring 161 in Akron (and 10th year as Ring president), the Society of American Magicians, the prestigious Magic Circle of London, England and is a lifetime member of both the International Magic Society and the Magician's Alliance of Eastern States.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
Thea Bowman Center
Thea Bowman Center Performance

Thea Bowman Center Performance

Thea Bowman Center
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Located at the corner of E. 120th and Union, the Thea Bowman Center began as a Hunger Center in 1966 under the auspices of the Epiphany Roman Catholic Church.

To meet the needs of the families that came to the center, programs for children and adults were added to the meal programs. In 2001, the center became the Thea Bowman Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, named for Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, an African-American nun who was an inspirational advocate for intercultural awareness in the Roman Catholic Church.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
12:30pm
Pony Hitch Class Judging
Draft Horse Hitch Class Judging
Thu, August 11, 2016, 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Stage/Location:
Grandstand
 
1:00pm
Jungle Bob Tuma
Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
Duck Brand Duck Tape
Duck Tape Crafts - Free for all Guests!

Duck Tape Crafts - Free for all Guests!

Duck Brand Duck Tape
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Between 1pm and 4pm from Tuesday, August 9th - Sunday, August 14th, Duck Tape® Brand Duct Tape will be on hand in the Home & Hobby building for Make & Take sessions. There fair-goers can call upon the expertise of Duck Tape's® resident artist for help in crafting miscellaneous items out of Duck Tape®. If you question what a little creativity and a few rolls of tape can create, check out this article on Duck Tape's® Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest, where entrants fashion their prom wardrobe out of Duck Tape®—pretty impressive stuff!

Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage/Location:
Bee Barn
 
Make Your Own Free Mask
Make Your Own FREE Mask!

Make Your Own FREE Mask!

Make Your Own Free Mask
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Category: 

Wish you were a bit more mysterious?  Whether you're a fan of Mexican wrestling, preparing for Mardis Gras, joining Anonymous, or looking to become a vigilante crusader, one thing's for sure, you're going to need a mask!  And what luck?  Visit the Old Barn Pavilion where you'll be able to design your own FREE Mask!  Great fun for the kids, and the price couldn't be better.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
Angelina Rose & Stee Bax of Hoopernova
Learn to Hula Hoop

Learn to Hula Hoop

Angelina Rose & Stee Bax of Hoopernova
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Various representatives from Hoopernova will be on hand all week, teaching Hula Hoop technique before their performances, including night glow hooping shows.  Fortunately, two of the best hoopers in the world are from the Cleveland area: Stee Bax and Angelina Rose (performing in the video below).  You will be amazed what each can do with a hula hoop. 

Stee Bax is based out of Solon, Ohio, she has performed at professional sporting events, live concerts, conventions, in music videos, photo shoots, and more. She performs single hoop dances with fire, LED, and day-taped hoops. Additionally, Stee Bax hosts fitness demonstrations on Hula Hooping, so if you're looking for a good way to work off those elephant ears, look no further.  

Angelina Rose has spread her own unique combination of dance and light painting throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond. In between her world travels, she teaches children of all ages Hoop Dance at a local Parma studio. Find out more at the Hula Hoop lessons that will be at the Cuyahoga County fair this year!

Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
Live Home & Hobby Demonstrations
Live Craft Demonstrations
Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Stage/Location:
Home & Hobby Building
 
1:30pm
Texas Rattlesnake Demonstration
West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibition

West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibition

Texas Rattlesnake Demonstration
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Event Category: 

When parents and caregivers bring their children to see the West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibit, they are sure to learn lessons that will last a lifetime.  The goal of the demonstration is to ensure that audiences are delighted and entertained, but most importantly, that they gain an appreciation for these wondrous creatures.

The demonstration starts out with the snake wrangler, wearing snake-proof chaps, in a specially designed glass enclosure with rattlesnakes--fangs and venom intact--slithering freely around his feet.  Once the wrangler has greeted the audience, he then lifts the rattlers individually (with specially designed snake tongs and hooks) to introduce each one to the crowd.  During the introduction the snake wrangler clarifies that were it not for him, these rattlesnakes would in all likelihood be boots and belts by now.

With a little assistance, one rattler does a perfect impression of a "caduceus" (the American Medical Association insignia)... a perfect seque for Dave's cautionary anti-drug message. 

He then demonstrates how to use hooks, tongs, and tubes when dealing with venomous snakes.  By the end of this segment the audience is educated in the art and practice of safely handling rattlesnakes, and are shown how veterinarians, laboratory workers and research workers all handle venomous snakes. During the course of the demonstration, those in attendance learn about the rattle, age and the gender of the rattlesnake.

The show concludes with a spectacular display of a rattler actually striking and popping a balloon with lightning speed.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Stage/Location:
Home & Hobby Building
 
JAM Dance Academy
JAM Dance Academy

JAM Dance Academy

JAM Dance Academy
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Event Category: 

Located in North Ridgeville, JAM Dance Academy is one of the newest dance centers in Northeast Ohio, and was founded by former Ohio Dance Theatre principal dancer, Jennifer Kraynik-Muselin.  JAM Dance Academy offers high-quality classes for all ages and different levels, from beginner to advanced, and they'll be performing a student showcase at the fair.  They offer instruction in a variety of different dance disciplines... everything from ballet, to jazz and hip-hop.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
2:00pm
Trivia Time - "90's Trivia"
Thu, August 11, 2016, 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
Route 42 Dance Academy
Route 42 Dance Academy

Route 42 Dance Academy

Route 42 Dance Academy
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 2:15pm to 2:45pm
Event Category: 

Route 42 Dance Academy offers Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Pointe, Musical Theatre, Boys Tap, Boys Hip Hop, Adult Classes, and Zumba Fitness. You can visit their new studio in the unique Greenbriar Mall in Parma Heights Ohio (6285 Pearl Road)!

Thu, August 11, 2016, 2:15pm to 2:45pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
2:30pm
John Steven Bloom
Learn Magic Tricks
Thu, August 11, 2016, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
Muttville Comix Dog Act
Muttville Comix Dog Act

Muttville Comix Dog Act

Muttville Comix Dog Act
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Johnny Peers introduction to the circus came at an early age.  His father ran a concession stand on Ringling Brothers Circus where johnny helped out.  While working wth his father, he continually managed to sneak away and watch the clowns... and decided to become one.  He joined the Ringling Clown College, graduated, and joined the show.  Johnny got his first pup from a Humane Society which quickly became part of the show.  He continued to pick up dogs and developed his show. Each has their own character and attributes, providing for a range of exciting and talented performances, such as jumping rope,climbing ladders, knocking Johnny down, and of course walking all over him. Johnny Peers Muttville Commix is a menagerie of mongrels, several of which were acquired some from shelters and rescues. Any dog can be a good dog.  Any animal likes kindness, attention, and affection.  With a Charlie Chaplin like shuffle, Peers plays the fall guy to his mutts.  The flawless comic timing, choreography and uncanny collaboration produce a truly great show.  The Muttville Commix  television appearances have included David Letterman, Regis and Kathy Lee, Primetime Live, Travels with Harry and Seinfeld.  Johnny has presented his hilarious comic canine routine from coast to coast and on four continents. He and his doggie ensemble have toured with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, the Big Apple Circus, Shrine Circuses, fairs, Monte Carlo Circus Festival, Busch Gardens and Disneyland.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
3:00pm
Catholic Schools Orchestra
Elementary String Orchestra
Thu, August 11, 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
4-H Animal Science Showcase
4-H Animals Science Showcase

4-H Animals Science Showcase

4-H Animal Science Showcase
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Do you like animals? Do you like Science? Well this is the show for you!

Located in the Cow Palace, this 4-H exhibit will have you intrigued as scientist present interesting facts about many of the animals you see at the fair.

Missed this event? This showcase takes place twice daily.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Stage/Location:
Cow Palace
 
3:30pm
Texas Rattlesnake Demonstration
West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibition

West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibition

Texas Rattlesnake Demonstration
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Event Category: 

When parents and caregivers bring their children to see the West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibit, they are sure to learn lessons that will last a lifetime.  The goal of the demonstration is to ensure that audiences are delighted and entertained, but most importantly, that they gain an appreciation for these wondrous creatures.

The demonstration starts out with the snake wrangler, wearing snake-proof chaps, in a specially designed glass enclosure with rattlesnakes--fangs and venom intact--slithering freely around his feet.  Once the wrangler has greeted the audience, he then lifts the rattlers individually (with specially designed snake tongs and hooks) to introduce each one to the crowd.  During the introduction the snake wrangler clarifies that were it not for him, these rattlesnakes would in all likelihood be boots and belts by now.

With a little assistance, one rattler does a perfect impression of a "caduceus" (the American Medical Association insignia)... a perfect seque for Dave's cautionary anti-drug message. 

He then demonstrates how to use hooks, tongs, and tubes when dealing with venomous snakes.  By the end of this segment the audience is educated in the art and practice of safely handling rattlesnakes, and are shown how veterinarians, laboratory workers and research workers all handle venomous snakes. During the course of the demonstration, those in attendance learn about the rattle, age and the gender of the rattlesnake.

The show concludes with a spectacular display of a rattler actually striking and popping a balloon with lightning speed.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Stage/Location:
Home & Hobby Building
 
4:00pm
Honey Extraction
Honey Extraction

Honey Extraction

Honey Extraction
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

So what's all the buzz about?  Well, bees of course.  The oft under-appreciated honey bee is responsible for pollinating much of the world's agriculture.  They also produce honey... a favorite of both bears and people.  Given their declining populations due to disease, lack of diet diversity, pesticides and other factors, honey bees have been in the news over the past decade, which makes it more important than ever for bee-keepers around the world to help reinvigorate the honey bee population.  Needless to say, if there were no honey bees, we would all feel the sting.  So come check out our hive and learn how honey is extracted from honey combs.  You can even buy some of the honey produced on the fairgrounds--a sweet treat to help support our resident bee-keepers!

Thu, August 11, 2016, 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Stage/Location:
Bee Barn
 
Amethyst Violin Duo
Amethyst Violin Duo
Thu, August 11, 2016, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
4:30pm
Muttville Comix Dog Act
Muttville Comix Dog Act

Muttville Comix Dog Act

Muttville Comix Dog Act
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Johnny Peers introduction to the circus came at an early age.  His father ran a concession stand on Ringling Brothers Circus where johnny helped out.  While working wth his father, he continually managed to sneak away and watch the clowns... and decided to become one.  He joined the Ringling Clown College, graduated, and joined the show.  Johnny got his first pup from a Humane Society which quickly became part of the show.  He continued to pick up dogs and developed his show. Each has their own character and attributes, providing for a range of exciting and talented performances, such as jumping rope,climbing ladders, knocking Johnny down, and of course walking all over him. Johnny Peers Muttville Commix is a menagerie of mongrels, several of which were acquired some from shelters and rescues. Any dog can be a good dog.  Any animal likes kindness, attention, and affection.  With a Charlie Chaplin like shuffle, Peers plays the fall guy to his mutts.  The flawless comic timing, choreography and uncanny collaboration produce a truly great show.  The Muttville Commix  television appearances have included David Letterman, Regis and Kathy Lee, Primetime Live, Travels with Harry and Seinfeld.  Johnny has presented his hilarious comic canine routine from coast to coast and on four continents. He and his doggie ensemble have toured with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, the Big Apple Circus, Shrine Circuses, fairs, Monte Carlo Circus Festival, Busch Gardens and Disneyland.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
Wade Henry
Wade Henry

Wade Henry

Wade Henry
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Wade Henry hails from a long line of freedom-fighting Irish settlers who homesteaded in Manitoba in the 1700's and 1800's. It was in this Canadian West that Wade started training for his life as a performing artist.

Wade's inclination towards danger became apparent when, as a toddler, he was found riding bareback on his grandmother's german shephard.

Not long after the family's move to Pocatello, Idaho, Wade's father—perhaps to spare area canines—gave him a pony for Chistmas. His trusty steed at the ready, Wade adopted a "Cowboy Spirit," which he describes as: "...a certain attitude that most ideally fits the American man. It includes integrity, honesty and courage...along with a high esteem for family, a need for personal liberty, a spiritual element, and of course, a sense of humor. Further, the cowboy is a bit of a show-off. He values his own unique skills and abilities, and enjoys testing and improving them—whether in front of a rodeo crowd, or many miles from town as the sun sets."

Something of a nomad, Wade returned to Canada and spent long, frigid winters as a hockey goalie in the Great Lakes region of SW Ontario. His coach had him throw rubber balls around to improve his reflexes. Soon a professional juggler was born.

Honors Business Degree in hand, and now in his early twenties, Wade took an unconventional turn and decided to travel the world on a shoestring. For a time, he settled into working a farm in New Zealand. Calling home, he informed his parents that after years of academic toil and preparation for the corporate world, he had decided to return to the land - like a true Henry.

After the harvest, Wade continued his travels for another year—through Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China and back to Canada. Necessity being the mother of invention, he funded these travels as a world-class street performer, delivering shows on streets, town squares and harborfront areas of various Australian and Canadian cities.

Wade's travels as a performer are partially documented in his popular adventure novel "The Greatest Finale".

Wade spent the next several years developing and polishing his skills as a performing artist. He is an accomplished juggler, unicyclist, ropewalker, fire eater, equilibriast, magician, speaker and comic. His most important and useful skill, however, may be his ability to handle people and audiences.

Given Wade's affinity for the land, he is naturally at home at county fairs, which serve to celebrate farming and agriculture. For Wade, these fairs are peopled by folks who understand the value of humor and a little high-spirited showing-off. Wade has performed over 6,000 shows and continues his prolific career at this year's Cuyahoga County Fair.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
Watermelon Eating Contest
Youth Watermelon Eating Contest

Youth Watermelon Eating Contest

Watermelon Eating Contest
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Event Category: 

Nothing refreshes on a hot summer day like burying your head in a watermelon wedge.  Win or lose, you get a tasty treat, so if you're feeling hungry and like a challenge, take part in our Watermelon Eating Contest!

Thursday (youth) – 4:30 p.m.
Age 5 to 7 years – First Place Trophy
Age 8 to 13 years – First Place Trophy
Age 14 to 19 years – First Place Trophy
(Limited to 15 contestants in each age division)

Thu, August 11, 2016, 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Stage/Location:
Junior Fair Building
 
5:00pm
Jungle Bob Tuma
Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Stage/Location:
Bee Barn
 
Oldies Salute with Brian Brenner
Oldies Salute Stage Show with Brian Brenner

Oldies Salute Stage Show with Brian Brenner

Oldies Salute with Brian Brenner
Event Date: 
Wed, August 10, 2016, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Category: 

While Brian has thrilled audiences nationwide with his electrifying salute to the King of Rock & Roll, he has also been called upon to reproduce the works of other notable celebrities, from Las Vegas crooners like Wayne Newton, to country stars.  In this Oldies Salute, Brian Brenner will amaze you with his virtuosity while bringing back to life some of your favorite tunes from days gone by.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
Steev Inglish
Steev Inglish
Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Stage/Location:
CBS Stage in the Beer Garden
 
Adult Watermelon Eating Contest
Adult Watermelon Eating Contest

Adult Watermelon Eating Contest

Adult Watermelon Eating Contest
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Category: 

Nothing refreshes on a hot summer day like burying your head in a watermelon wedge.  Win or lose, you get a tasty treat, so if you're feeling hungry and like a challenge, take part in our Watermelon Eating Contest!

Thursday (adult) - 5:00 p.m.
Age 20 and up – First Place Trophy
(Limited to 10 contestants per contest)

Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Stage/Location:
Junior Fair Building
 
Beef Judging
Dairy Cattle Judging

Dairy Cattle Judging

Beef Judging
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

They aren't booing, they're saying "Moo!"  Come watch these hefty heifers strut their stuff.  Those who don't win, place or show will definitely have a beef with the judges, but that's to be expected.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stage/Location:
Cow Palace
 
5:30pm
Hoopernova Hula Hoop Show
Hula Hoop Show

Hula Hoop Show

Hoopernova Hula Hoop Show
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Various representatives from Hoopernova will be on hand all week, teaching Hula Hoop technique before their performances, including night glow hooping shows.  Fortunately, two of the best hoopers in the world are from the Cleveland area: Stee Bax and Angelina Rose (performing in the video below).  You will be amazed what each can do with a hula hoop. 

Stee Bax is based out of Solon, Ohio, she has performed at professional sporting events, live concerts, conventions, in music videos, photo shoots, and more. She performs single hoop dances with fire, LED, and day-taped hoops. Additionally, Stee Bax hosts fitness demonstrations on Hula Hooping, so if you're looking for a good way to work off those elephant ears, look no further.  

Angelina Rose has spread her own unique combination of dance and light painting throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond. In between her world travels, she teaches children of all ages Hoop Dance at a local Parma studio. Find out more at the Hula Hoop lessons that will be at the Cuyahoga County fair this year!

Thu, August 11, 2016, 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
6:00pm
Texas Rattlesnake Demonstration
West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibition

West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibition

Texas Rattlesnake Demonstration
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Event Category: 

When parents and caregivers bring their children to see the West Texas Rattlesnake Exhibit, they are sure to learn lessons that will last a lifetime.  The goal of the demonstration is to ensure that audiences are delighted and entertained, but most importantly, that they gain an appreciation for these wondrous creatures.

The demonstration starts out with the snake wrangler, wearing snake-proof chaps, in a specially designed glass enclosure with rattlesnakes--fangs and venom intact--slithering freely around his feet.  Once the wrangler has greeted the audience, he then lifts the rattlers individually (with specially designed snake tongs and hooks) to introduce each one to the crowd.  During the introduction the snake wrangler clarifies that were it not for him, these rattlesnakes would in all likelihood be boots and belts by now.

With a little assistance, one rattler does a perfect impression of a "caduceus" (the American Medical Association insignia)... a perfect seque for Dave's cautionary anti-drug message. 

He then demonstrates how to use hooks, tongs, and tubes when dealing with venomous snakes.  By the end of this segment the audience is educated in the art and practice of safely handling rattlesnakes, and are shown how veterinarians, laboratory workers and research workers all handle venomous snakes. During the course of the demonstration, those in attendance learn about the rattle, age and the gender of the rattlesnake.

The show concludes with a spectacular display of a rattler actually striking and popping a balloon with lightning speed.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Stage/Location:
Home & Hobby Building
 
Honey Extraction
Honey Extraction

Honey Extraction

Honey Extraction
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

So what's all the buzz about?  Well, bees of course.  The oft under-appreciated honey bee is responsible for pollinating much of the world's agriculture.  They also produce honey... a favorite of both bears and people.  Given their declining populations due to disease, lack of diet diversity, pesticides and other factors, honey bees have been in the news over the past decade, which makes it more important than ever for bee-keepers around the world to help reinvigorate the honey bee population.  Needless to say, if there were no honey bees, we would all feel the sting.  So come check out our hive and learn how honey is extracted from honey combs.  You can even buy some of the honey produced on the fairgrounds--a sweet treat to help support our resident bee-keepers!

Thu, August 11, 2016, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Stage/Location:
Bee Barn
 
4-H Horse Expo
4-H Horse Expo
Thu, August 11, 2016, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Stage/Location:
Cow Palace
 
Wade Henry
Wade Henry

Wade Henry

Wade Henry
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 6:15pm to 6:45pm
Event Category: 

Wade Henry hails from a long line of freedom-fighting Irish settlers who homesteaded in Manitoba in the 1700's and 1800's. It was in this Canadian West that Wade started training for his life as a performing artist.

Wade's inclination towards danger became apparent when, as a toddler, he was found riding bareback on his grandmother's german shephard.

Not long after the family's move to Pocatello, Idaho, Wade's father—perhaps to spare area canines—gave him a pony for Chistmas. His trusty steed at the ready, Wade adopted a "Cowboy Spirit," which he describes as: "...a certain attitude that most ideally fits the American man. It includes integrity, honesty and courage...along with a high esteem for family, a need for personal liberty, a spiritual element, and of course, a sense of humor. Further, the cowboy is a bit of a show-off. He values his own unique skills and abilities, and enjoys testing and improving them—whether in front of a rodeo crowd, or many miles from town as the sun sets."

Something of a nomad, Wade returned to Canada and spent long, frigid winters as a hockey goalie in the Great Lakes region of SW Ontario. His coach had him throw rubber balls around to improve his reflexes. Soon a professional juggler was born.

Honors Business Degree in hand, and now in his early twenties, Wade took an unconventional turn and decided to travel the world on a shoestring. For a time, he settled into working a farm in New Zealand. Calling home, he informed his parents that after years of academic toil and preparation for the corporate world, he had decided to return to the land - like a true Henry.

After the harvest, Wade continued his travels for another year—through Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China and back to Canada. Necessity being the mother of invention, he funded these travels as a world-class street performer, delivering shows on streets, town squares and harborfront areas of various Australian and Canadian cities.

Wade's travels as a performer are partially documented in his popular adventure novel "The Greatest Finale".

Wade spent the next several years developing and polishing his skills as a performing artist. He is an accomplished juggler, unicyclist, ropewalker, fire eater, equilibriast, magician, speaker and comic. His most important and useful skill, however, may be his ability to handle people and audiences.

Given Wade's affinity for the land, he is naturally at home at county fairs, which serve to celebrate farming and agriculture. For Wade, these fairs are peopled by folks who understand the value of humor and a little high-spirited showing-off. Wade has performed over 6,000 shows and continues his prolific career at this year's Cuyahoga County Fair.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 6:15pm to 6:45pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
7:00pm
Muttville Comix Dog Act
Muttville Comix Dog Act

Muttville Comix Dog Act

Muttville Comix Dog Act
Event Date: 
Tue, August 9, 2016, 7:00pm to 7:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Johnny Peers introduction to the circus came at an early age.  His father ran a concession stand on Ringling Brothers Circus where johnny helped out.  While working wth his father, he continually managed to sneak away and watch the clowns... and decided to become one.  He joined the Ringling Clown College, graduated, and joined the show.  Johnny got his first pup from a Humane Society which quickly became part of the show.  He continued to pick up dogs and developed his show. Each has their own character and attributes, providing for a range of exciting and talented performances, such as jumping rope,climbing ladders, knocking Johnny down, and of course walking all over him. Johnny Peers Muttville Commix is a menagerie of mongrels, several of which were acquired some from shelters and rescues. Any dog can be a good dog.  Any animal likes kindness, attention, and affection.  With a Charlie Chaplin like shuffle, Peers plays the fall guy to his mutts.  The flawless comic timing, choreography and uncanny collaboration produce a truly great show.  The Muttville Commix  television appearances have included David Letterman, Regis and Kathy Lee, Primetime Live, Travels with Harry and Seinfeld.  Johnny has presented his hilarious comic canine routine from coast to coast and on four continents. He and his doggie ensemble have toured with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, the Big Apple Circus, Shrine Circuses, fairs, Monte Carlo Circus Festival, Busch Gardens and Disneyland.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:00pm to 7:30pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
Family Dance Party
Family Dance Party
Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
Dean Kiss Band
Dean Kiss Band
Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Stage/Location:
CBS Stage in the Beer Garden
 
4-H Animal Science Showcase
4-H Animals Science Showcase

4-H Animals Science Showcase

4-H Animal Science Showcase
Event Date: 
Mon, August 8, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Do you like animals? Do you like Science? Well this is the show for you!

Located in the Cow Palace, this 4-H exhibit will have you intrigued as scientist present interesting facts about many of the animals you see at the fair.

Missed this event? This showcase takes place twice daily.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Stage/Location:
Cow Palace
 
Brian Brenner Elvis Tribute

Brian Brenner Elvis Tribute

Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Category: 

Elvis Presley is more popular today than at any time in history. In the world of entertainment, Brian Brenner stands alone as the most authentic and exciting Elvis stylist in the business.

For over 15 years, Brian has thrilled audiences nationwide with his electrifying salute to the King of Rock & Roll. Brian is careful to portray Elvis in a manner that is dignified, respectful and historically accurate, paying strict attention to every detail. The result is as amazing as the image and illusion of Elvis comes alive in the most genuine creation ever staged!

Brian is an accomplished performer who has performed at venues across the country. From showrooms, corporate events, fairs, festivals, car shows and private events, Brian brings audiences a newfound sense of appreciation of Elvis' music. His carefully crafted tribute reminds us of why Elvis is America's best-loved icon.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
7:30pm
Modern Western Square Dancing
Modern Western Square Dancing
Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Stage/Location:
Bee Barn
 
SPAM Judging
SPAM Judging

SPAM Judging

SPAM Judging
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Category: 

Judged on taste, originality and presentation, up to 10 ingredients are allowed, as long as one of them is SPAM.  From casseroles to spushi (SPAM sushi), you'll be amazed what gourmet delicacies can be derived, if you have a can of SPAM and a dream.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stage/Location:
Home & Hobby Building
 
8:00pm
Madrigal - The Ultimate Santana Tribute
Madrigal - The Ultimate Santana Tribute

Madrigal - The Ultimate Santana Tribute

Madrigal - The Ultimate Santana Tribute
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

SHOW DETAILS

Box Office Opens: 6:00PM
Gates Open: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM​

Tickets: $5 at Box Office
NOTE: Ticket price DOES NOT include $7 Fair Gate admission, which must be paid separately.

Madrigal is a genuine Tribute to the Career of Carlos Santana. Our Mission is to have each concert attendee leave our show having experienced the true essence of a Santana concert.  The core group consists of: Bob Kennedy on Keys & Vocals, Steve Schmitt on Bass & Vocals Kevin, Coggeshall on Drums, Percussion & Vocals, Franks McGucken on Percussion, Keys & Vocals and Jose Madrigal portrays Carlos Santana.

Website: http://www.madrigalband.com/

Thu, August 11, 2016, 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Stage/Location:
Grandstand
 
Trivia Time - "Sports Trivia"
Thu, August 11, 2016, 8:00pm to 8:30pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
8:30pm
Illusionist John Bloom - "Believe"

Illusionist John Bloom - "Believe"

Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Category: 

For nearly twenty-five years Grand Stage Illusionist and Master Magician John Steven Bloom has been wowing audiences and garnering critical acclaim for his special blend of magic, humor and family entertainment. Touring, public speaking and giving back to the community adds to the appeal of this already multi-faceted performer.

With a flexible show that crosses demographics Mr. Bloom has appeared with rock legends Alice Cooper, Neal Schon and Kevin Cronin, comedian'Weird Al' Yankovic and country stars and actors such as Pam Tillis and Billy Bob Thornton, to name a few. John has been seen on international stages, headlined at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas and has been featured on statewide televised programs. Most enjoyable, perhaps, are the many opportunities for his full-length. fully-staged productions in local and regional performance venues which include his entire family.

While John is proud of many achievements within his craft he is most pleased with having been the first magic act accepted into both the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council's Fee Support/Ohio Artists on Tour roster. In addition, he is an Ohio Performer's Showcase feature act and is regularly requested by Fortune 500 companies as a motivational speaker. His ability to meld magic and music into product promotion has boosted customer service for WalMart, Con-Agra Foods and Schering-Key labs, among others.

Mr. Bloom is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, IBM Ring 161 in Akron (and 10th year as Ring president), the Society of American Magicians, the prestigious Magic Circle of London, England and is a lifetime member of both the International Magic Society and the Magician's Alliance of Eastern States.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
9:00pm
P. Steven Henley
P. Steven Henley Band
Thu, August 11, 2016, 9:00pm to 10:30pm
Stage/Location:
CBS Stage in the Beer Garden
 
9:30pm
Professor Bubblemaker

Professor Bubblemaker

Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 9:30pm to 10:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Professor Bubblemaker's Marvelous Medicine Show combines the elements of magic, mentalism, comedy, history, a flea circus and of course lots of bubbles. Available in a purely entertainment show and an educational show which includes more historical information.

Professor Bubblemaker's Beautiful Bubble Ballet  features bubbles of all sizes and bubble sculptures such as caterpillars, carousels, square bubbles, snowmen and even a bubble snowglobe as well as giant bubbles and tiny bubbles and bubble snakes that flow gracefully under colored lights choreographed to music.

Professor Phineas's Hypnotic Adventures are hypnosis shows unlike any that you have seen before Whether a standard comedy hypnosis show, strolling "street hypnosis" or a hypnotic adventure in which the hypnotized volunteers become the stars of a funny adventure, the audience and volunteers are entertained and delighted with the power of their own minds.

Professor Bubblemaker's Festival Bubbles is a freeform demostration of bubble art at it's interactive best! You still get bubbles of all sizes and shapes, as well as the bubble sculptures, but as the weather changes it allows different tricks to be done and the audience is encouraged to chase, pop or play with the bubbles.

Colonel Bubblemaker's Fantastic Flea Circus is  a complete circus complete with a grand parade, tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, a death defying high dive as well as a "human cannonball" and other acts, all contained within a suitcase. The performers in this amazing circus are tiny trained fleas. We even have the worlds strongest flea Hugo and an equestrian team of fleas riding on gnats.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 9:30pm to 10:00pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
10:00pm
Wade Henry
Wade Henry

Wade Henry

Wade Henry
Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:00pm to 10:30pm
Event Category: 

Wade Henry hails from a long line of freedom-fighting Irish settlers who homesteaded in Manitoba in the 1700's and 1800's. It was in this Canadian West that Wade started training for his life as a performing artist.

Wade's inclination towards danger became apparent when, as a toddler, he was found riding bareback on his grandmother's german shephard.

Not long after the family's move to Pocatello, Idaho, Wade's father—perhaps to spare area canines—gave him a pony for Chistmas. His trusty steed at the ready, Wade adopted a "Cowboy Spirit," which he describes as: "...a certain attitude that most ideally fits the American man. It includes integrity, honesty and courage...along with a high esteem for family, a need for personal liberty, a spiritual element, and of course, a sense of humor. Further, the cowboy is a bit of a show-off. He values his own unique skills and abilities, and enjoys testing and improving them—whether in front of a rodeo crowd, or many miles from town as the sun sets."

Something of a nomad, Wade returned to Canada and spent long, frigid winters as a hockey goalie in the Great Lakes region of SW Ontario. His coach had him throw rubber balls around to improve his reflexes. Soon a professional juggler was born.

Honors Business Degree in hand, and now in his early twenties, Wade took an unconventional turn and decided to travel the world on a shoestring. For a time, he settled into working a farm in New Zealand. Calling home, he informed his parents that after years of academic toil and preparation for the corporate world, he had decided to return to the land - like a true Henry.

After the harvest, Wade continued his travels for another year—through Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China and back to Canada. Necessity being the mother of invention, he funded these travels as a world-class street performer, delivering shows on streets, town squares and harborfront areas of various Australian and Canadian cities.

Wade's travels as a performer are partially documented in his popular adventure novel "The Greatest Finale".

Wade spent the next several years developing and polishing his skills as a performing artist. He is an accomplished juggler, unicyclist, ropewalker, fire eater, equilibriast, magician, speaker and comic. His most important and useful skill, however, may be his ability to handle people and audiences.

Given Wade's affinity for the land, he is naturally at home at county fairs, which serve to celebrate farming and agriculture. For Wade, these fairs are peopled by folks who understand the value of humor and a little high-spirited showing-off. Wade has performed over 6,000 shows and continues his prolific career at this year's Cuyahoga County Fair.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:00pm to 10:30pm
Stage/Location:
Old Barn Pavilion
 
10:30pm
Professor Bubblemaker

Professor Bubblemaker

Event Date: 
Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:30pm to 11:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Professor Bubblemaker's Marvelous Medicine Show combines the elements of magic, mentalism, comedy, history, a flea circus and of course lots of bubbles. Available in a purely entertainment show and an educational show which includes more historical information.

Professor Bubblemaker's Beautiful Bubble Ballet  features bubbles of all sizes and bubble sculptures such as caterpillars, carousels, square bubbles, snowmen and even a bubble snowglobe as well as giant bubbles and tiny bubbles and bubble snakes that flow gracefully under colored lights choreographed to music.

Professor Phineas's Hypnotic Adventures are hypnosis shows unlike any that you have seen before Whether a standard comedy hypnosis show, strolling "street hypnosis" or a hypnotic adventure in which the hypnotized volunteers become the stars of a funny adventure, the audience and volunteers are entertained and delighted with the power of their own minds.

Professor Bubblemaker's Festival Bubbles is a freeform demostration of bubble art at it's interactive best! You still get bubbles of all sizes and shapes, as well as the bubble sculptures, but as the weather changes it allows different tricks to be done and the audience is encouraged to chase, pop or play with the bubbles.

Colonel Bubblemaker's Fantastic Flea Circus is  a complete circus complete with a grand parade, tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, a death defying high dive as well as a "human cannonball" and other acts, all contained within a suitcase. The performers in this amazing circus are tiny trained fleas. We even have the worlds strongest flea Hugo and an equestrian team of fleas riding on gnats.

Thu, August 11, 2016, 10:30pm to 11:00pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
NOTE: Fair Gate Admission prices do not include Midway Rides, Midway Ride Wristbands or Admission to most Grandstand Shows and Events unless otherwise specified. Further, while we make all provisions to provide you with accurate performance and attraction times, they are subject to change without notice.

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