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Near Canfield in Mahoning County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Canfield Fair

 
 
Canfield Fair Marker - Side A image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, May 19, 2013
1. Canfield Fair Marker - Side A
Inscription.
Side A:
In 1846, the same year that Mahoning County was created, Ohio's General Assembly passed an act "for the encouragement of agriculture." An outgrowth of this legislation led to the founding of the Mahoning County Agricultural Society in April 1847. Boasting a membership of 170, the Society agreed to sponsor competitions for premiums to be distributed at an "annual fair and cattle show the next fall." Canfield was the geographic center of the county and selected as the site for the first fair. In October, from the lawn of the First Congregational Church, Comptroller of the United State Treasury Elisha Whittlesey welcomed participants. Admission was one shilling (twelve and one half cents). The Village Green overflowed with exhibitions of prized livestock, harvests, plowing contests, and horse racing. Early fairs were one-day events attended primarily by gentlemen. However, the church provided a venue for ladies to display their handiwork. (continued on other side)
Side B:
[Custom Artwork] (continued from other side) By the 1850s, the fair was no longer a "men only" event. Picnic baskets were packed and entire families came for the day. Growth continued with involvement of the youth through Junior Fair, 4-H, and other youth activities. Throughout the years the fair reflected
Canfield Fair Marker - Side B image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, May 19, 2013
2. Canfield Fair Marker - Side B
the time. Agriculture and 50-yoke oxen trains were featured in the early years. By the 1880s railroad excursions from Youngstown brought fairgoers to Canfield. Emphasis on education was evidenced by construction of the Education Hall to showcase local talent. The debut of the light bulb extended hours in 1924. The Depression Era brought a new grandstand, offices, and roads built by the Works Progress Alliance. The grounds expanded to 350 acres with many well-kept buildings. Years of responsible stewardship promise a future of exciting attractions and a guarantee of "SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT."
 
Erected 2009 by Canfield Historical Society and Robert H. and Maxine D. Neff Family and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 29-50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 0.71′ N, 80° 45.426′ W. Marker is near Canfield, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 46 0.2 miles east of Fairground Boulevard. Click for map. Located on the ground of the Canfield Fairgrounds, near the Grandstand. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7265 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield OH 44406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Canfield Fair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, May 19, 2013
3. Canfield Fair Marker
walking distance of this marker. This Tablet Placed Here in Honor of William H. Kilcawley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Mahoning County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Canfield Christian Church (approx. mile away); Canfield WPA Memorial Building (approx. mile away); The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (approx. 0.8 miles away); Canfield Congregational Church / Canfield United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Mahoning Dispatch Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Canfield Green (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Canfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Canfield Fair. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Canfield Fairgrounds. (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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