Fair Board Issues Call for Memorabilia
January 21, 2022 by Kristin LeFeber

Annual Event Adds Extra Day for Bicentennial

The Great Geauga County Fair needs people’s help to celebrate its 200th birthday.

The Great Geauga County Fair needs people’s help to celebrate its 200th birthday.

The fair board is calling on community members to gather fair memorabilia and souvenirs from throughout the decades and donate or loan them to the fair.

Examples of such items include, but are not limited to, past tickets and programs, photographs of previous fairs and fair participants, trophies and other awards.

“The older, the better,” said Paul Harris, secretary of the board of directors of the Ohio Agricultural Society, the group that is responsible for running the fair. “We are especially looking for anything that dates back to the early years of the fair.”

Harris said tickets from the 1895 fair were recently discovered in a wall during a home renovation in Chagrin Falls and the fair board has also collected trophies from the 1940s and 50s. These items and the others gathered will create a bicentennial display at this year’s event.

But don’t hold back from contributing something because it is not particularly old or seemingly interesting. The fair is looking for all sorts of memorabilia, Harris said.

“We are putting word out there for anything (people) want to donate or give or loan,” he said. “There was a lot of stuff done we don’t even know about that is out there. That is the stuff we are looking for — to share a little history.”

Harris, a lifelong resident of Geauga County, has served on the fair board for 30 years. He was also recently elected president of the Ohio Fair Management Association. OFMA is made up of the 95 county, independent and state fairs in Ohio.

“I have served on their board for 14 years. It is a privilege to represent The Great Geauga County Fair as president of OFMA,” Harris said. “Something I could not do if it wasn’t for the support of the board of directors and staff and volunteers at Geauga fair.”

This year, to honor the bicentennial, the fair is adding a sixth day to the schedule. Festivities will begin at noon on Aug. 31 with a ribbon cutting and an unveiling of the memorabilia display.  Entrance to the fair will be free that day with plans for free entertainment and fireworks that night. The fair will close, as usual, on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

For more information about The Great Geauga County Fair, visit www.geaugafair.com.  To contribute memorabilia for the bicentennial display simply visit the fair office or call 440-834-1846.

 

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The Great Geauga County Fair will be extended by a day this year to celebrate its 200th year in existence. The fair board is asking the community to contribute any fair souvenirs or memorabilia for a display that will be unveiled on Aug. 31.