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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.




Swifty Swine Pig Races

Swifty Swine Pig Races Where: South Midway
When: All Week - See Fair Daily Calendar

Zach Johnson ("Swine Master", and owner of "Swifty Swine Racing And Swimming Pigs") has been all over the United States, bringing his racing pigs to fans of all ages. The ultimate showman, he gives people what they want and need - true family entertainment. When you see a race at the "Pork Chop International Speedway" arena, you experience something you can't get anywhere else.

If you've never been to a pig race, you're in for a real treat! Swifty and his friends don't do it for the money, what they really want is that Oreo cookie, waiting on a silver platter at the finish line!

They run as fast as their little legs can take 'em, and then it's back to nap time to be ready for the next race!

Swifty Swine travels all over the United States, bringing this unique form of family entertainment to their fans.

Glow in the Dark Laser Tag

Laser Tag Where: Commercial Building
When: All Week

The Laser Tag Arena features high-end laser blasters to allow guests to participate in an all out battle for points while avoiding being struck by their opponents.  Players will navigate through an obstacle course maze complete with lasers, lights, special effects and more!  The entire game features a sound track in which players will experience through their very own wireless headsets provided for use during the game.  Games will last 12-15 minutes total from start to finish and can accommodate up to 14 players each.

Horse Show

Where: Horse Ring
When: Saturday, Aug 10th 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 2019 ASHA High Point Awards and the 2020 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!


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!


Jason D'Vaude Art of Fire Show

Jason D'Vaude Art of Fire Show Where: Various, Midway Stage, Gazebo
When: All Week - See Fair Daily Calendar

Dangerous objects! Perilous stunts! Feats of strength and balance! Jason D’Vaude, self-taught one-man multiple-adjectived circus sensation, brings his comedic juggling, fire, and clowning shows to audiences around the world, delighting them with his charming humor and distinct but refined awkwardness. After seeing Jason  juggle sharp objects, climb up precariously-balanced objects, ride an extra-tall unicycle, or manipulate fire like a master, audiences are left speechless except to say “that was AWESOME!”

Family Morning Dance Party

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

With “Family Unity” in mind, Amusements of America has stepped up to sponsor this year's Family Morning Dance Party on Saturday, August 10th 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 miss out.

This being a Dance Party, we invite you to hit the dance floor and show us your moved.  Whether you're into the Charleston, Fox Trot, Hustle, Harlem Shuffle or Electric Slide, the Fair's the place to be Saturday morning! And for those who dare to dance like no one's watching, we'll have great prizes: All-Day Ride Stamps, Otterbacher’s Dippin’ Dots, Dave & Buster’s Power Cards, and more!

And to top it all off, the Fair will be hosting a FREE Photo Booth compliments of Amusements of America, where you can capture this magical family moment, or even get your picture taken with Cleveland Indians' beloved mascot, Slider!


Family Morning Dance Party Sponsors

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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."  His debut, self-titled EP, "Kurt Freeman," is available to the public on Spotify, iTunes, etc. on August 10th.

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“Rock The House LIVE!” Cleveland’s Premier Party Band

Rock the House LIVE Where: Gazebo
When: Thurs, Aug 8th - 7-10:00pm

Showcasing all of your favorite music from Top 40s, Motown, Rock, and Pop, RTH LIVE! plays it all! Fronted by Cleveland’s most talented musicians and vocalists, this high-energy, dance-driven party band keeps guests moving and grooving all night long. RTH LIVE! was voted “Best Band” by Cleveland Magazine and consistently ranks amongst the top bands on the Cleveland Hot List.



Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau Pedal Tractor Pull

Ohio Farm Bureau Pedal Tractor Pull Where: Bee Barn
When: Saturday - 2pm (Registration begins at 1pm)

Family fun at the Cuyahoga County Fair... the pedal tractor pull will be held Saturday, Aug. 10. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. - first "pull" at 2 p.m. for kids ages 3 -13. Young adult (14-20) and adult (21+) pulls follow the kids' pulls. Fun for all ages. Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each kid's age category and T-shirts for all participants. Come to the Cuyahoga County Fair and plan to participate in the PEDAL TRACTOR PULL. Thanks to our sponsors for the Pedal Tractor Pull: Nationwide Insurance, B.A. Sweetie Candy Company and the A.P.A.C.C. (the tractor club).

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!

Glow Golf - Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

Glow Golf - Glow in the Dark Mini Golf Where: Commercial Building
When: All Week

The Glow Golf Experience includes a round of 12 holes of mini golf in a neon, glowing experience.  Guests will experience uniquely-themed holes & obstacles, all in a highly-decorated setup.  Time to complete this experience will vary based upon player speed, however, should take between 15-20 minutes to fully complete.  Scorecards, clubs and neon golf balls are all provide, just bring your team!  This experience is perfect for guests of ALL ages from young to old!  A wonderful family activity for little ones, teens and adults. 

Metal Sculptor Michael Ensminger

Metal Sculptor Michael Ensminger Where: South Midway
When: All Week

Michael Ensminger has been welding for the past decade and is certified in gas, metal, arc and mig welding. His welding capabilities range from three-dimensional sculptures to decorative functional and structural art.

His work has an industrial appeal stemming from the environment he's worked in and the media he's worked on. Michael enjoys creating pieces out of media that others may consider scrap and also enjoys knowing that those pieces will be around long after he's gone.

Each piece is marked on the bottom with his initials M.E., and they are one of a kind.  Always up for the challenge of new projects, Michael loves the challenge of large-scale sculptures.

National Model Railroad Association

National Model Railroad Association Where: Home & Hobby Building
When: All Week

The National Model Railroad Association, a 501(c)(3) not for profit educational organization, was founded at the first National Convention over Labor Day Weekend, 1935. The initial goal was to develop standards for scale model railroad equipment to facilitate interchangeability and operation of equipment between modelers, clubs and others.

Today, the NMRA is a world wide organization, with over 18,000 active members, associates, families and clubs dedicated to the hobby of scale model railroading in all it's facets, supporting a hobby of many diverse interests that all relate to the greater world of trains and railroads.

Chainsaw Wood Carver Chris Pascoe

Chainsaw Wood Carver Chris Pascoe Where: South Midway
When: All Week

After 34 years fabricating and carving natural stone, Chris is applying his experience to a new medium with new tools - logs and a big ole chainsaw.

Jungle Bob Tuma

Jungle Bob Tuma Where: Various, Bee Barn, Gazebo
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.


Yosemite Slim

Yosemite Slim Where: Gazebo
When: Friday, Aug 9th @ 7:00pm

Yosemite Slim is quickly becoming one of NE Ohio’s most popular MODERN COUNTRY cover bands.  Not only for music selection, but also musicianship and their live stage show. Being so versatile is key for Slim, they can play small patio’s with down sized percussion at conversation volume and then play a large stage at a major venue with full PA and drums.  Yosemite Slim NEVER plays to a click track, they are live live LIVE! including their precision harmonies. Come check out what you are missing by going to our “COME SEE US” page for show dates.  Support live music and the musicians who bring it to Cleveland!

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: Gene Hammond
Wednesday: David Heffron
Thursday: Neil Harnar
Friday: Tom Strickland
Saturday: John Ramsey

Build Your Own Birdhouse

Build Your Own Birdhouse Where: Floral Building
When: Thurs-Sun, Aug 8-11, 2019 from 1-5:00pm

This fair feature is for the birds... quite literally.  So, want to build your own birdhouse?  Well, you can at this year's Fair, and better yet, it's absolutely FREE!  Whether you have a particular fondness for winged creatures, need to beef up that resume ("Lead Architect - Avian Abode"), or are looking for a great crafts project to engage in with your kids, building a birdhouse should definitely fit the bill.    

Seth Chwast "Energy in Art" Exhibit

Seth Chwast Art Exhibit Where: Sustainability Center
When: All Week

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.  

large_chwast_painting.jpgWe 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!


American Wind Week Celebration

American Wind Week Celebration Where: Renewable Energy Center
When: Friday, Aug 9th (All Day)

Stop by the Cuyahoga County Fair Energy Center today to learn about our Wind Turbine Project (located next to the Gazebo by Gate 5).

  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Turbine Tours
  • Wind Education
  • 262 Ft Tall
  • $74,000 of Annual Electricity Savings

Vitalant Blood Mobile

Vitalant Blood Mobile Where: South Midway
When: Fri, Aug 9th from 4-8pm & Sat, Aug 10th from Noon-4pm

Give Blood & Get FREE Passes to the Fair

The Vitalant Blood Mobile will be on the grounds near the Gate 1 Arch from 4-8pm on Friday and from Noon-4pm on Saturday.  Any who donate blood will be given FREE passes to return to the Fair!