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National Model Railroad Association

National Model Railroad Association

National Model Railroad Association
Event Date: 
Tue, August 10, 2021, 12:00am to 11:59pm
Event Category: 

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.

Home & Hobby Building
 
Chainsaw Wood Carver Chris Pascoe
South Midway
 
Wood Turner Ron Tomasch
South Midway
 
Stilt Walkers in the Midway
Roving, Strolling
 
12pm
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, Dorothy Pelanda
Dorthy Pelanda, Director, Ohio Dept of Agriculture

Dorthy Pelanda, Director, Ohio Dept of Agriculture

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, Dorothy Pelanda
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 12:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 
About Director Pelanda

Dorothy Pelanda was sworn in as the 39th Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture by Governor Mike DeWine on January 14, 2019. Pelanda is the first woman to serve as Director in the Department’s history. Her great-great uncle, Gideon Liggett, served eight years (six as treasurer) on the Ohio Board of Agriculture (the precursor to ODA) in the early 1900s.

Pelanda has called Ohio home all her life. She grew up on her family farm in Marysville, where the values of hard work, steadfast determination, resourcefulness and eternal optimism were instilled in her at a young age. Pelanda still lives on the farmland where she was raised.

A graduate of Marysville High School, Miami University, and the University of Akron School of Law, Pelanda recognizes the value of education in pursuing one’s dreams and has fought to provide opportunities to young Ohioans to achieve their own.

As a small business owner, Pelanda understands that government regulation and bureaucratic red tape must be limited to allow Ohio’s business owners to thrive and prosper. Pelanda practiced law in her own private practice for nearly 30 years, where she represented hundreds of clients from Union County and the surrounding area.

Pelanda’s career in public service began in 2011 when she was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives. In 2015, Pelanda was elected by her Republican colleagues to serve as House Majority Whip. In 2017, she was elevated to the position of House Majority Floor Leader, the number three position in the House of Representatives.

Pelanda’s legislative work has earned her a multitude of endorsements, including the Ohio Farm Bureau, the American Conservative Union, the National Rifle Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Manufacturers Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Pelanda is married to Sam Gerhardstein and has three adult children.

Food and agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Ohio, adding more than $124 billion to the economy each year. In addition to providing leadership for the agricultural industry, the Director of Agriculture administers numerous regulatory, food safety, and consumer protection programs for the benefit of all Ohioans.

 

Fri, August 13, 2021, 12:00pm
Stage/Location:
Cow Palace
 
1pm
The Hobbs Sisters
The Hobbs Sisters

The Hobbs Sisters

The Hobbs Sisters
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

The Hobbs Sisters bring a killer combination of big voices, twin sister harmonies and high energy performance to the stage.

Now based out of Nashville, TN, they are originally from Pittsburgh, PA and have played numerous fairs and festivals in the PA, WV and OH region. They have opened for many national acts such as Charlie Daniels, Lady Antebellum, and Brett Eldredge. From their harmony-driven original songs to their unique interpretations of popular country covers, The Hobbs Sisters are making a name for themselves as singers, songwriters and entertainers.

Career Highlights: 

The Hobbs Sisters have had the honor of opening for numerous national country acts. Most recently, they opened for Charlie Daniels at the Champaign County Fair in August 2017 and Lady Antebellum at the Clearfield County Fair in August 2016. They have also opened for Brett Eldredge, Diamond Rio, Aaron Tippin, and more. In 2014, they shared the stage with  Jana Kramer, Maddie and Tae, Cassadee Pope and Rae Lynn as part of Y108’s Girls With Guitars Concert. Their new single, Background Noise, is currently available on all digital platforms.

Background

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  The Hobbs Sisters, Hannah and Lauren, were always singing.They credit both their grandfather, Pappaw John, and the church choir for getting them into music. It was their grandfather who first exposed them to country music and playing the guitar.

They began performing as a duo in the Pittsburgh area, as well as in Winston Salem, NC, where they graduated from Wake Forest University. Hannah and Lauren have always had a love for harmony, which they frequently incorporate into their music. Whether adding it into cover songs or writing it into their original music, harmony has become the signature sound for the Hobbs Sisters.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Stage/Location:
Midway Stage
 
Jungle Bob Tuma Bug Show
Jungle Bob Tuma Bug Show
Fri, August 13, 2021, 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
Build your own drawstring backpack at the Cuyhoaga County Fair
Build Your Own Drawstring Backpack
Fri, August 13, 2021, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
2pm
The Circus Man Jason D'Vaude
Jason D'Vaude - The Circus Man

Jason D'Vaude - The Circus Man

The Circus Man Jason D'Vaude
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

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!”

Fri, August 13, 2021, 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Stage/Location:
Midway Stage
 
Wool Carding - A 4-H Dare to Explore Event
Wool Carding - A 4-H Dare to Explore Event
Fri, August 13, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Stage/Location:
Junior Fair Building
 
Hypnotist David Anthony
Hypnotist David Anthony

Hypnotist David Anthony

Hypnotist David Anthony
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Event Category: 

Imagine the person that was sitting next to you just a few minutes ago is now up on stage and can’t remember their own name! Or better yet one of your friends is up on the stage claiming that their belly button was stolen. Then with a snap of David’s fingers they enter back into a hypnotic trance. Sounds entertaining huh? This is just the beginning of what to expect in the show. 

No one is forced to volunteer. David will invite anyone who wants to get hypnotized to join him and fill the 15-20 chairs that are on stage. In just a few moments your friends and the rest of the volunteers fall into a hypnotic trance. Then the fun begins! 

It is comedy like no other. Mainly because YOU and YOUR FRIENDS are the stars of the show!

Fri, August 13, 2021, 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
2pm
Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy
Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy

Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy

Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Wacky Chad's award winning pogo stick skills, charmingly funny jokes and antics got him on America's Got Talent (Twice!), and a performance at the Super Bowl.

For more than a decade, he has entertained thousands of crowds, from schools, fairs, festivals, theaters, colleges and universities all over the world. Prepare to be amazed, and if you don't like laughing, go somewhere else.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
3pm
The Hobbs Sisters
The Hobbs Sisters

The Hobbs Sisters

The Hobbs Sisters
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

The Hobbs Sisters bring a killer combination of big voices, twin sister harmonies and high energy performance to the stage.

Now based out of Nashville, TN, they are originally from Pittsburgh, PA and have played numerous fairs and festivals in the PA, WV and OH region. They have opened for many national acts such as Charlie Daniels, Lady Antebellum, and Brett Eldredge. From their harmony-driven original songs to their unique interpretations of popular country covers, The Hobbs Sisters are making a name for themselves as singers, songwriters and entertainers.

Career Highlights: 

The Hobbs Sisters have had the honor of opening for numerous national country acts. Most recently, they opened for Charlie Daniels at the Champaign County Fair in August 2017 and Lady Antebellum at the Clearfield County Fair in August 2016. They have also opened for Brett Eldredge, Diamond Rio, Aaron Tippin, and more. In 2014, they shared the stage with  Jana Kramer, Maddie and Tae, Cassadee Pope and Rae Lynn as part of Y108’s Girls With Guitars Concert. Their new single, Background Noise, is currently available on all digital platforms.

Background

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  The Hobbs Sisters, Hannah and Lauren, were always singing.They credit both their grandfather, Pappaw John, and the church choir for getting them into music. It was their grandfather who first exposed them to country music and playing the guitar.

They began performing as a duo in the Pittsburgh area, as well as in Winston Salem, NC, where they graduated from Wake Forest University. Hannah and Lauren have always had a love for harmony, which they frequently incorporate into their music. Whether adding it into cover songs or writing it into their original music, harmony has become the signature sound for the Hobbs Sisters.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Stage/Location:
Midway Stage
 
3pm
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: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
4pm
Jungle Bob Tuma Animal Show
Fri, August 13, 2021, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray
Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray

Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray

Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Drew Murray is a magician, creator, artist and more. He has been wowing audiences since he was just 6 years old. After seeing a magician at a summer festival, he has turned an after school hobby into a successful business.

At 10 years old he began performing for small events at churches, libraries and family parties. During grade school he was known as the “magic guy” constantly amazing his peers with magic in talent shows and school functions.

Fast forwarding to today, Drew’s career has skyrocketed and his talents have enabled him to acquire an impressive client list ranging from professional sports teams such as The Cleveland Indians and The Cleveland Browns to some of the nations most recognized corporations such as Progressive, L’OREAL and Macy’s.

Now Drew performs non-stop with more than 250 performances each year ranging from private parties and festivals to large corporate functions, Drew is considered to be one of the busiest and most in demand magicians in his area.

In his spare time, he enjoys creating art in other mediums such as photography and painting, as well as building large illusions for other magicians around the globe.

He looks forward to each and every performance and hopes that the audience can not only enjoy the magic on an unimaginable level but to also be inspired to go after their own goals and aspirations just as he has done.

Drew graduated from Ohio State in fall of 2014 and will continue to live his dream of being a professional magician.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Stage/Location:
Midway Stage
 
5pm
Escape Artist Lady Houdini
Lady Houdini - Escape Artist

Lady Houdini - Escape Artist

Escape Artist Lady Houdini
Event Date: 
Tue, August 10, 2021, 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Lady Houdini, the name given to Kristen Johnson by an Inside Edition producer at CBS Studios in New York has definitely stuck. Especially since she broke the immortal Harry Houdini's record for the most Water Torture Cell escapes ever performed, which historians and magic aficionados worldwide estimate to be just over one thousand. She broke Houdini’s record in 2012 as she has successfully performed her 1,001st public escape during the Georgia State Fair at the Atlanta Speedway. She is currently over 2,743 attempts and counting.

Kristen Johnson, considered to be the Houdini of the 21st century, almost seems fearless, even to the fault of flirting with death, as she has a knack for taking an ordinary magic escape and putting her signature brand on it. In the case of the Water Torture Cell, she decided to not hide the escape as Houdini and everyone since, but to perform it in full view which has drawn some criticism from purists. It’s a nail biter, watching her during the escape, as she is able to hold her breath under for up to 5 minutes and 2 seconds while methodically picking the padlocks, handcuffs, and leg shackles that hold her in what could quickly become a watery grave. Kristen's husband, Kevin Ridgeway, has been at her side for every escape, but is still horrified by the two times he witnessed her struggle before crowds of over 15,000 and 18,000 as she had to be removed from the water cell. Twice she suffered hypoxic seizures and blacked out, the third she could not pick the lock inside the lid. Johnson has only been denied the escape three times out of over 2,743 public attempts. Those three harrowing failed attempts prove the real dangers that exist in her profession.

Kristen, a real escapologist, has carved out a living, performing her daredevil brand of escapes around the world, live and on TV. When first asked to perform the aerial straitjacket escape which Houdini so often used to promote his theater shows, she said, ”sure, but in its original form is boring and anticlimactic for today’s audience." After all, Houdini escaped the jacket but not the circumstances that had him still hanging upside down in mid-air, of which he would have to be lowered back to the ground and released. Kristen says to completely a successfully escape, you not only have to remove the restraint, but also escape from the circumstance of being hung mid-air. In 2007, Kristen once again set out to ‘best’ Houdini’s escape and for over three years whether outside with a crane at 80 feet high or inside an arena at 40 feet above the stage and even in theaters, hung from battens, she would escape the jacket, remove her feet from the rope loops and rappel or fast rope down.

In 2011, Johnson pushed the envelope even further while performing her aerial escape for a group of over 5,000 seconds screaming fans at an arena in Texas. After escaping the jacket and removing her feet from the footloops, she just let go. Falling backwards, for what seemed to be an eternity, the crowd’s gasps and screams finally turned to cheers and a thunderous applause when she reappeared on stage and took a bow. What the audience didn’t see, hidden in the stage was a Hollywood stunt airbag. Kristen has now added this version of the escape to her repertoire, both indoors with a chain motor or outdoors with a crane, Johnson has once again taken a classical escape made famous by the world’s greatest known escape artist and completely rewritten the rules for the 21st century now making it harder for those who wish to follow in Houdini’s or shall we say Lady Houdini’s footsteps.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy
Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy

Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy

Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Wacky Chad's award winning pogo stick skills, charmingly funny jokes and antics got him on America's Got Talent (Twice!), and a performance at the Super Bowl.

For more than a decade, he has entertained thousands of crowds, from schools, fairs, festivals, theaters, colleges and universities all over the world. Prepare to be amazed, and if you don't like laughing, go somewhere else.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Stage/Location:
Midway Stage
 
The Circus Man Jason D'Vaude
Jason D'Vaude - The Circus Man

Jason D'Vaude - The Circus Man

The Circus Man Jason D'Vaude
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Category: 

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!”

Fri, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
Wool Carding - A 4-H Dare to Explore Event
Wool Carding - A 4-H Dare to Explore Event
Fri, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Stage/Location:
Junior Fair Building
 
6pm
Brian Brenner Elvis Tribute

Brian Brenner Elvis Tribute

Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
The Hobbs Sisters
The Hobbs Sisters

The Hobbs Sisters

The Hobbs Sisters
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

The Hobbs Sisters bring a killer combination of big voices, twin sister harmonies and high energy performance to the stage.

Now based out of Nashville, TN, they are originally from Pittsburgh, PA and have played numerous fairs and festivals in the PA, WV and OH region. They have opened for many national acts such as Charlie Daniels, Lady Antebellum, and Brett Eldredge. From their harmony-driven original songs to their unique interpretations of popular country covers, The Hobbs Sisters are making a name for themselves as singers, songwriters and entertainers.

Career Highlights: 

The Hobbs Sisters have had the honor of opening for numerous national country acts. Most recently, they opened for Charlie Daniels at the Champaign County Fair in August 2017 and Lady Antebellum at the Clearfield County Fair in August 2016. They have also opened for Brett Eldredge, Diamond Rio, Aaron Tippin, and more. In 2014, they shared the stage with  Jana Kramer, Maddie and Tae, Cassadee Pope and Rae Lynn as part of Y108’s Girls With Guitars Concert. Their new single, Background Noise, is currently available on all digital platforms.

Background

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  The Hobbs Sisters, Hannah and Lauren, were always singing.They credit both their grandfather, Pappaw John, and the church choir for getting them into music. It was their grandfather who first exposed them to country music and playing the guitar.

They began performing as a duo in the Pittsburgh area, as well as in Winston Salem, NC, where they graduated from Wake Forest University. Hannah and Lauren have always had a love for harmony, which they frequently incorporate into their music. Whether adding it into cover songs or writing it into their original music, harmony has become the signature sound for the Hobbs Sisters.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Stage/Location:
Midway Stage
 
Honey Extraction
Honey Extraction

Honey Extraction

Honey Extraction
Event Date: 
Tue, August 10, 2021, 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!

Fri, August 13, 2021, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Stage/Location:
Bee Barn
 
6pm
Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy
Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy

Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy

Wacky Chad Stunt Comedy
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Wacky Chad's award winning pogo stick skills, charmingly funny jokes and antics got him on America's Got Talent (Twice!), and a performance at the Super Bowl.

For more than a decade, he has entertained thousands of crowds, from schools, fairs, festivals, theaters, colleges and universities all over the world. Prepare to be amazed, and if you don't like laughing, go somewhere else.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Stage/Location:
Gazebo
 
7pm
Junior Fair Bake-Off & Auction
Junior Fair Bake-Off & Auction

Junior Fair Bake-Off & Auction

Junior Fair Bake-Off & Auction
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Category: 

Bake-Off & Auction - pre registration required  for participants - see details in Premium Book.  ANYONE can bid on the items!  Proceeds go to help the Junior Fair, so this is about as close as you get to guilt-free indulgence.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Stage/Location:
Junior Fair Building
 
Family Dance Party
Family Dance Party
Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Stage/Location:
Midway Stage
 
Sheep to Shawl Demonstration
Sheep to Shawl Demonstration

Sheep to Shawl Demonstration

Sheep to Shawl Demonstration
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

From shearing to weaving, the Sheep to Shawl demonstration will show you all the work involved in making your favorite sweater.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Stage/Location:
Sheep Barn
 
Modern Western Square Dancing
Modern Western Square Dancing

Modern Western Square Dancing

Modern Western Square Dancing
Event Date: 
Thu, August 12, 2021, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Swing your partner... and promenade. Square dancing is as American as apple pie, so pull on your boots and get ready to do-si-do with our square dancing afficionados.  Beginners are welcome, so don't be shy. Kenneth Campbell and John Ramsey will be the callers.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Stage/Location:
Picnic Pavilion
 
7pm
Hypnotist David Anthony
Hypnotist David Anthony

Hypnotist David Anthony

Hypnotist David Anthony
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Category: 

Imagine the person that was sitting next to you just a few minutes ago is now up on stage and can’t remember their own name! Or better yet one of your friends is up on the stage claiming that their belly button was stolen. Then with a snap of David’s fingers they enter back into a hypnotic trance. Sounds entertaining huh? This is just the beginning of what to expect in the show. 

No one is forced to volunteer. David will invite anyone who wants to get hypnotized to join him and fill the 15-20 chairs that are on stage. In just a few moments your friends and the rest of the volunteers fall into a hypnotic trance. Then the fun begins! 

It is comedy like no other. Mainly because YOU and YOUR FRIENDS are the stars of the show!

Fri, August 13, 2021, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
8pm
Escape Artist Lady Houdini
Lady Houdini - Escape Artist

Lady Houdini - Escape Artist

Escape Artist Lady Houdini
Event Date: 
Tue, August 10, 2021, 8:00pm to 8:45pm
Stage: 
Event Category: 

Lady Houdini, the name given to Kristen Johnson by an Inside Edition producer at CBS Studios in New York has definitely stuck. Especially since she broke the immortal Harry Houdini's record for the most Water Torture Cell escapes ever performed, which historians and magic aficionados worldwide estimate to be just over one thousand. She broke Houdini’s record in 2012 as she has successfully performed her 1,001st public escape during the Georgia State Fair at the Atlanta Speedway. She is currently over 2,743 attempts and counting.

Kristen Johnson, considered to be the Houdini of the 21st century, almost seems fearless, even to the fault of flirting with death, as she has a knack for taking an ordinary magic escape and putting her signature brand on it. In the case of the Water Torture Cell, she decided to not hide the escape as Houdini and everyone since, but to perform it in full view which has drawn some criticism from purists. It’s a nail biter, watching her during the escape, as she is able to hold her breath under for up to 5 minutes and 2 seconds while methodically picking the padlocks, handcuffs, and leg shackles that hold her in what could quickly become a watery grave. Kristen's husband, Kevin Ridgeway, has been at her side for every escape, but is still horrified by the two times he witnessed her struggle before crowds of over 15,000 and 18,000 as she had to be removed from the water cell. Twice she suffered hypoxic seizures and blacked out, the third she could not pick the lock inside the lid. Johnson has only been denied the escape three times out of over 2,743 public attempts. Those three harrowing failed attempts prove the real dangers that exist in her profession.

Kristen, a real escapologist, has carved out a living, performing her daredevil brand of escapes around the world, live and on TV. When first asked to perform the aerial straitjacket escape which Houdini so often used to promote his theater shows, she said, ”sure, but in its original form is boring and anticlimactic for today’s audience." After all, Houdini escaped the jacket but not the circumstances that had him still hanging upside down in mid-air, of which he would have to be lowered back to the ground and released. Kristen says to completely a successfully escape, you not only have to remove the restraint, but also escape from the circumstance of being hung mid-air. In 2007, Kristen once again set out to ‘best’ Houdini’s escape and for over three years whether outside with a crane at 80 feet high or inside an arena at 40 feet above the stage and even in theaters, hung from battens, she would escape the jacket, remove her feet from the rope loops and rappel or fast rope down.

In 2011, Johnson pushed the envelope even further while performing her aerial escape for a group of over 5,000 seconds screaming fans at an arena in Texas. After escaping the jacket and removing her feet from the footloops, she just let go. Falling backwards, for what seemed to be an eternity, the crowd’s gasps and screams finally turned to cheers and a thunderous applause when she reappeared on stage and took a bow. What the audience didn’t see, hidden in the stage was a Hollywood stunt airbag. Kristen has now added this version of the escape to her repertoire, both indoors with a chain motor or outdoors with a crane, Johnson has once again taken a classical escape made famous by the world’s greatest known escape artist and completely rewritten the rules for the 21st century now making it harder for those who wish to follow in Houdini’s or shall we say Lady Houdini’s footsteps.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 8:00pm to 8:45pm
Stage/Location:
South Midway
 
9pm
Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray
Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray

Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray

Sleight of Mind - Magician Drew Murray
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 9:00pm to 9:45pm
Event Category: 

Drew Murray is a magician, creator, artist and more. He has been wowing audiences since he was just 6 years old. After seeing a magician at a summer festival, he has turned an after school hobby into a successful business.

At 10 years old he began performing for small events at churches, libraries and family parties. During grade school he was known as the “magic guy” constantly amazing his peers with magic in talent shows and school functions.

Fast forwarding to today, Drew’s career has skyrocketed and his talents have enabled him to acquire an impressive client list ranging from professional sports teams such as The Cleveland Indians and The Cleveland Browns to some of the nations most recognized corporations such as Progressive, L’OREAL and Macy’s.

Now Drew performs non-stop with more than 250 performances each year ranging from private parties and festivals to large corporate functions, Drew is considered to be one of the busiest and most in demand magicians in his area.

In his spare time, he enjoys creating art in other mediums such as photography and painting, as well as building large illusions for other magicians around the globe.

He looks forward to each and every performance and hopes that the audience can not only enjoy the magic on an unimaginable level but to also be inspired to go after their own goals and aspirations just as he has done.

Drew graduated from Ohio State in fall of 2014 and will continue to live his dream of being a professional magician.

Fri, August 13, 2021, 9:00pm to 9:45pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
10pm
The Circus Man Jason D'Vaude
Jason D'Vaude - The Circus Man

Jason D'Vaude - The Circus Man

The Circus Man Jason D'Vaude
Event Date: 
Fri, August 13, 2021, 10:15pm to 10:45pm
Event Category: 

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!”

Fri, August 13, 2021, 10:15pm to 10:45pm
Stage/Location:
Olde Barn Pavilion
 
NOTE: Fair Gate Admission prices do not include Midway Rides, Games, Midway Ride Wristbands or Admission to Most Grandstand Shows and Events. While we make all provisions to provide accurate information at print deadline, performance features and attraction times are subject to change without notice or beyond our control.

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