It’s fair week in Berea, and that means lots of animals, great demonstrations, food and terrific family entertainment
We’ve got a few fair facts to get you started. Did you know…
- That nearly 150,000 Fair Lovers attended the 2017 Cuyahoga County Fair. This year it runs from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, August 12 at the Fairgrounds in Berea.
- That safety is the first priority of the Cuyahoga County Fair in creating a safe fun family atmosphere for all ages with fair board members taking life-saving classes.
- Old-Fashioned Dollars Days on Wednesday and Thursday of Fair Week – admission is just $1 if you arrive and are in the gate by 3 p.m. Also, if purchased by 3 o.m.alf-price all-day ride stamps will be available for just $10.
- Friday is Senior Day (60+) and Veteran’s Day – Just $2 admission from noon to 6 p.m. Go to cuyfair.com for more information.
- That on Saturday, August 11th it’s the Family Morning Dance Party from 10-noon where admission will be just $2 per family member. There will be free hula-hoop lessons and the chance to show us “your dance skills” for a chance to win great prizes.
- That 2018 Cuyahoga County Fair was selected as one of the chosen venues across the UnitedStates to host DreamShip, an amazing one-of-a-kind hot air balloon. Brought to the Cuyahoga County Fair by The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, the DreamShip 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. While a feature during County Fair Week (see cuyfair.com) for more details – Admittance is FREE through Eastland Road Gate 2 Entrance ONLY.
- The Sea Lion Splash Show feature at this year’s county fair will have crowds cheering and laughing. The idea of the sea lion shows 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.
- That fair week is also American Wind Energy Education Week with Cuyahoga County Fair being chosen as the celebration location in sharing how wind works for our country. The County Fair Wind Turbine reaches maximum electricity generation at wind speeds of 36 mph and has produced enough electricity since 2012 to save the Cuyahoga County Agricultural Society over $60,000 in electrical costs.
- The first-ever County Fair Alpaca Yoga Class has been added for Saturday, August 11th from 12-2 p.m.at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Alpaca Yoga class registrants gain FREE ADMISSION TO THE FAIR. Due to space constraints, class size is limited, so be sure to sign up soon at the fair website.
- Did you know there used to be two Cuyahoga County Fairs? One held in Berea/Middleburg Heights and the other in Chagrin Falls? The Chagrin Falls fair was shut-down in 1929 as a result of the stock market crash.
- The Cuyahoga County Fair Demolition Derby is one of the largest in the State & continues to be the largest drawing event each year.
- Make sure you visit the “Bee Barn” at this year’s county fair where Fair Board Member and beekeeper Dennis Eck will share with you how his beehive in 2017 was able to convert pollen and nectar into honey, 500 pounds of it last year. The apiary section will have honeybee demonstrations with fair attendees able to learn how to extract natural honey from the bee cases. Also, there will be an “active window” beehive where viewers can look through glass right into the inside of a large beehive.
- There will be approximately 30 entries into the SPAM eating competition.