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DreamShip Hot Air Balloon

DreamShip Hot Air Balloon Where: Eastland Parking Lot
When: Fri-Sun @ Open-9PM

IMPORTANT: If you plan to visit the DreamShip attraction on Fri, Sat or Sun, be sure to show up before 9pm, and please use gates 1, 2, or 3 off Eastland Road.

We do hope you will come enjoy the 2018 Cuyahoga County Fair (fair gate admission applies) and make visiting DreamShip a part of your plans.

DreamShip is a featured outside attraction that will be open to the public Free of Charge* at the following times during Fair week:

  • Friday, August 10th – 12noon-9pm​
  • Saturday, August 11th – 10am-9pm​
  • Sunday, August 12th – 12noon-9pm

*DreamShip is donation-based with suggested $5 per child and $10 per adult. Weather permitting tethered rides that leave the ground, usually go up 30 feet or so.  Others may not want to leave the ground, so the opportunity is available to get in the basket and take a photo with the pilot.  A release will need to be signed for balloon activity participation at which time a donation would be collected.

Brought to the Cuyahoga County Fair by The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, the DreamShip is a one-of-a-kind hot air balloon with a design as unique as its mission. Standing more than 8 stories tall, it is comprised of more than 400 fabric panels, 130 of which uniquely feature drawings of the dreams of children helped by Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Oklahoma, dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members. Fully operational, every time the DreamShip takes flight, it raises awareness of Folds of Honor and the sacrifice of our country’s military heroes and their families. To date, The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program has provided over $5.2 million to Folds of Honor, funding over 1,100 educational scholarships in communities served by Rite Aid, and will donate an additional $2 million during the 2018-19 school year. Follow the DreamShip on its journey by visiting


Angelina Rose & Stee Bax of Hoopernova Where: Midway Stage
When: Various Times - See Fair Daily Schedule for Details

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!


Cleveland Blues Society

Cleveland Blues Society Where: Beer Garden
When: Various Times - See Fair Daily Schedule for Details

The Cuyahoga County Fair is excited to have The Cleveland Blues Society hosting the entertainment for our Beer Garden this year.  Some of the finest blues acts in Cleveland will be providing entertainment all week long, so check the Fair Daily Schedule for bands and performance times. 

The Cleveland Blues Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness and appreciation for the blues. Through our alliance, we endeavor to provide more opportunities for fans to see quality local and national blues artists. Additionally, we will provide educational workshops and preserve the history of the blues in our area.



Xpogo Stunt Team

Xpogo Stunt Team Where: Midway Stage
When: Tue, Wed, Thurs - See Fair Daily Schedule for Times

The Xpogo Stunt Team is the World’s Best Extreme Pogo Demo Crew. Featuring Championship Pro Athletes flying over 10 Feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks, throwing down flips and incredible tricks, the Xpogo Stunt Team brings the sport to you.  With fans across the globe, and new followers after every show, Xpogo Stunt Team Pros are a hit everywhere, every time.

The Xpogo Stunt Team has performed over 10,000 shows in 23 countries, and holds 13 Guinness World Records.

Xpogo's Street Show made Extreme Pogo known around the globe. The world’s best Pro Athletes and Pro Pogo Sticks, with basic hand-held Props will draw in and engage crowds by performing a variety of stunts, including synchronized pogo, solo throwdowns, 7' high jump, audience interaction, athlete battle, and the world famous flip finale.

Sea Lion Splash Show

Sea Lion Splash Where: South Midway
When: Various Times All Week
Web: Visit Website

The Sea Lion Splash is a unique show that will have crowds cheering and laughing. The show is an educational show with a Splash. The sea lions will amaze the crowd as they balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, perform handstands, and show their pretty smiles. This is the only show in the U.S. to feature both California and South American sea lions.

The idea of the sea lion show originated when Squalus started taking in beached sea lions who were unable to be returned to the wild due to age, injuries or the inability to provide food for themselves. Squalus provides a permanent home for these sea lions for the rest of their lives. This show is the only traveling sea lion show in the United States. Squalus, Inc. ensures that the sea lions have more square footage of water per animal in the show than most sea lions have in zoos. The animals' welfare and comfort is always placed first. Their transportation was designed specifically for the maximum comfort of the sea lions.

Squalus, Inc. is fully licensed by three federal agencies:

  • National Marine Fisheries Department
  • Marine Mammal Protection Agency
  • USDA

Horse Show

Where: Horse Ring
When: Saturday, Aug 11th at 8:00am

Show Bill, Entry & Sponsorship Forms: Click Here

Love horses?  Well don't miss the Cuyahoga County Fair Horse Show, featuring Academy, Halter, Showmanship, and Equitation classes.  The CCF Horse Show is a qualifying competition for the 2018 ASHA High Point Awards and the 2019 Kentucky State Fair's World's Championship Horse Show.  And even if you're not a serious horse enthusiast, don't miss the Open Costume Class, which usually begins around 1pm, just after the lunch break, where you'll see horses and riders dressed up as everything from pirates, to princesses, and from smurfs, to the Headless Horseman.  Definitely a fan favorite!

Family Morning Dance Party

Family Morning Dance Party Where: Midway Stage
When: Saturday, Aug 11th (10am-12Noon)

With “Family Unity” in mind, One Main Financial is this year’s sponsor of the Family Dance Party Saturday Morning, August 11th from 10am-12Noon. Fair Gate Admission is just $2 per family member provided you have purchased by 12Noon. Plan early so your family won’t be left out.

We invite you to show us your “dance skills” as it a Dance Party after all. We’ll also see who loves to Hula Hoop with FREE Hula Hoop lessons.  We’ll have great prizes (All-Day Ride Stamps; Otterbacher’s Dippin’ Dots & Footlong Hot Dogs; Dave & Buster’s Power Cards and Cleveland Metroparks “Go Ape TreeTop Adventure” Passes) for those who dare to show their dance moves.

Migo_and_Mechee.jpgEnjoy the FREE Photo Booth compliments of One Main Financial while having your picture taken with characters Migo and Mechee from the upcoming Warner Brothers movie, “SMALLFOOT,” coming soon to a theater near you.

Are you a bit short in getting all the kids back-to-school needs? Need financial assistance on a much larger project like fixing up the house or a new car, then be sure to stop by the One Main Financial Booth during fair week or any one of their 26 Cleveland Branches.



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Alpaca Yoga

Alpaca Yoga Where: Sheep Barn
When: Saturday, Aug 11th (Noon-2pm)

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Alpacas may cause stress release & serious relaxation! Come join us AT THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY FAIR FREE ADMISSION TO THE FAIR!! ! for a 1 hour yoga class (followed by 1 hour of alpaca interaction) Exercise your soul amongst the most curious and gentle of animals, alpacas! Class admission fees will be 100% donated to SELR (South East Llama Rescue) , an organization that rescues llamas and alpacas in need of new homes! They are a 501 c 3 organization and work in about 15 states! The work they do is very much in need, and they depend on donations to be able to resue and re-home the animals to a better care situation. I have the highest reguard for their work as its not easy! To those who sign up for this vlass, I thank you! And the alpacas do too! Your admission fee means alot to so many alpacas and llamas!

Our instructor, Leigh Haagendazes, comes from Chagrin Yoga, and she is VERY experienced to lead both beginner to advanced yoga students! Leigh is certified in many different styles of yoga training.... you can't go wrong with her! After class, get "up close and personal" with the alpacas and learn handling techniques as well as husbandry information as we touch, hold, kiss and admire the alpacas. Bring your mat, water and don't forget your camera! Be ready to smile and be filled with the joy that animal interactions will bring. All levels welcome.

Special instructions! *** After you buy your ticket on, an email will be sent to all registrants requesting their address. The fair will mail out your admission ticket 1 week prior to the event! Registration will close by August 4th! Limiting class size to 20!

The practice of yoga has a number of benefits. It:

  • Increases mind/body awareness
  • Improves strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance
  • Calms the mind, reducing stress and anxiety
  • Slows heart rate
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases blood flow
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves respiration
  • Strengthens and tones muscles
  • Improves function of internal organs
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Balances muscular system
  • Increases metabolism and energy
  • Improves quality of sleep

Professor Bubblemaker

Professor Bubblemaker Where: West Midway
When: 3 Shows Per Day

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.

Kurt Freeman - Country Music

Kurt Freeman Where: Gazebo
When: Wed & Sat - See Fair Daily Schedule for Times

Kurt Freeman is a 25 year old Cleveland native and up-and-coming country artist. Born and raised on sports and music, Kurt has steadily progressed from singing and playing guitar in high school with his church group to pursuing his dreams of writing and recording his own music. His soulful, smoky voice and a genuine passion for the genre make for a unique and authentic sound. Be sure to check out his debut single Texas.  We're also excited to note that the timing of Kurt's appearance at the Fair couldn't be better as it coincides with the release week of his debut, self-titled EP, "Kurt Freeman,available to the public on Spotify, iTunes, etc. on August 10th.


Carl Jara

Carl Jara Where: Floral Building
When: All Week

Carl Jara is a lifetime resident of the greater Cleveland area. He attended high school knowing full well that he wanted to become an artist--taking and retaking every art class at school. In an act of desperation, his art teacher sent him to work with the stage crew.  There he met Tom Morrison, then a firefighter and President For life of the International Association of Sand Castle Builders. Tom took Carl under his wing, teaching him the basics of both sandsculpting and business. Carl moved on to study Fine Arts at the Myers School of Art in Akron, Ohio, studying Illustration and Graphic Design, all the while working with Tom and being introduced to a community of professional sand sculptors he never knew existed.

When it came time for his Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition, he realized that illustration and graphic design were not his true calling.  What he did have was a desire to sculpt. His fifteen foot sand sculpture in the school gallery graced the front pages of local newspapers and was broadcast across the region on the evening news. It was the defining moment that launched his career.

He now holds nine World Championship medals, at least three dozen medals from other contests, and has been featured twice on Sand Blasters on the Travel Channel. He's worked and competed in eleven countries, more than two dozen states, and continues to carve out his living in sand.

In addition to sculpting, he accepted the position of Exhibits Artisan/Technician at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where he gets to use his creative akills in a completely different manner.  He's helped install Sue, the largest T-Rex ever found, as well as articulated Lucy, one of the oldest hominid fossils yet discovered. So if you're ever at the Museum, give him a shout... you might just get a behind-the-scenes tour!

Glass Blowing by Ryan Gothrup of Mobile Glass Studios

Glass Blowing Demonstration by Ryan Gothrup Where: Gazebo Area
When: Tues-Sun, Aug 7-12, 2pm & 7pm

Glass artist, Ryan Gothrup, has been an educator of glassblowing for over 16 years.  From youth starting at the age of 10 years old to elderly and students with learning differences, he has taught glassblowing to a wide variety of students.  After receiving his MFA, he spent six years teaching at the college level and for the past seven years has been using his mobile glass trailer to educate on location.

5-7 pieces of hand blown glass will be made daily.  Pieces will be offered for sale in The Sustainability Center.

Marc Dobson One Man Band

Marc Dobson One Man Band Where: Gazebo, South Midway
When: Tues-Sun, Aug 7-12, Various Times

The One Man Band and Son is a one of a kind show of extreme music with comedy for all ages. An inspiring performance playing instruments Marc has created. Performing mainly on fairgrounds they perform in locations many music groups cannot using a motorized and self-powered wagon loaded with 3,000 watts of modern sound equipment.

The repertoire aims at songs every age should recognize covering the 60’s thru to today with a mix of Rock, Country, Pop and more. With improv comedic antics, no two shows are alike which maybe is why Marc has been performing yearly at many fairs since the inception of his One Man Band.

Jungle Bob Tuma

Jungle Bob Tuma Where: Various
When: See Daily Schedule

Jungle Bob Tuma is an animal entertainer and educator who has been doing animal presentations and events for children of all ages for almost three decades. In addition to educating about the wonderful world of animals, he regularly makes appearances on television and radio.

From Paul the python, to Bob the cockatoo, Rocky the sugar glider, Fifi the tarantula, Spike the bearded dragon, and Pugsley the blue-tongued skink, Jungle Bob has a wide variety of rarely seen animals. He also has some more common critters, like a turtle, bunny, cockroach display, and guinea pig.


RTA Kidwatch

RTA Kidwatch Where: South Midway
When: Thursday August 9, 2018, 12pm-3pm

On Thursday August 9, 2018, from 12pm-3pm, the Kidwatch Program will be at the County Fair. The mission of Kidwatch is to create Emergency ID cards for children of all ages.  Officers will gather personal information of children (height, weight, DOB, pictures, emergency contact info) from the parents and create an ID card to be used by the parent in case of an emergency. Officers will also interact with the children and families and develop positive relationships.

Duct Tape Crafts

Duck Brand Duck Tape Where: Bee Barn
When: Tuesday - Sunday, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Between 1pm and 4pm from Tuesday, August 7th - Sunday, August 12th, 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!

Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom Lego® Exhibit

Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom Where: Home & Hobby Building
When: Tues-Sun, Aug 7-12 from 1-8pm

Member of NEOLUG will present their fantastic LEGO® brick creations ranging from models of existing items to the realms of fantasy and imagination.  There will also be a LEGO® train layout with running trains and a six foot tall skyscraper!

| NE – oh – lug| noun.  A group of adult hobbyists sharing and celebrating their passion for building with interlocking plastic bricks… specifically LEGO® brand bricks.

NEOLUG was formed in 2010 as a group of adult hobbyists sharing their passion for building with LEGO® in the North Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania region to interact and share their love of LEGO® bricks with others. We currently have about 30 members that build just about any theme and come together for events and other displays. We can do art shows, sci-fi, train, city, and just about any other type of event. You can see our range by looking through past events. Not being restricted as a club to one theme allows us to have more members with different types of Lego® creations.

Modern Western Square Dancing

Modern Western Square Dancing Where: Bee Barn
When: Tue - Sat 7:30-9:30PM

Come on out to the fairgrounds, swing your partner and do-si-do, cause it's time for a little modern western square dancing.  Feeling timid?  Don't be!  Whether you've been square dancing all your life, or just had a fun experience in gym class, all are welcome to join in the fun.

Following are the callers by day:

Tuesday: James Ramsey
Wednesday: Danny Beck
Thursday: Neil Harnar
Friday: Ed Laudenschlager
Saturday: Gene Hammond