Richland County Fair kicks off week of fun

It’s the height of summer for hundreds of 4-H and FFA members who train animals, prepare speeches, and design and build their creations for judging.

The 2022 Richland County Fair officially kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday with a flag-raising ceremony and runs until late Saturday night.

Exciting rides, delicious cuisine and exciting entertainment will be available every day of the week. Admission is $6 and children 48 inches and under are free.

This year’s visitors should notice that the fair’s board has been busy cleaning up the grounds since the spring, the chairman of the board said.

“We’ve done a lot in the field this year when it comes to upgrades,” said Jim Schaub.

They placed new stone curbs around many parking areas and driveways, repaired potholes halfway through, and repaired other features throughout the grounds.

“We’re putting new roofs on three of the buildings,” Schaub said. “It will be done in the spring of 2023, thanks to the Richland County Commissioners.”

Entertainment in the grandstand all week

Livestock shows and other project judging will take place each day of the fair week.

The grandstand also offers events every day except Tuesdays, some of which require an additional ticket on top of the show entrance price.

“We have harness racing on Sunday and Monday night,” Schaub said.

Posting hours begin at 5:30 p.m. on both days. It is free to watch the races from the grandstand.

“Wednesday night we have a rodeo with a concert to follow,” Schaub said.

The rodeo will start at 7 p.m. and it will cost you $5 to watch it from the grandstand.

The Callunaw Rednecks will perform immediately after the rodeo ends.

A truck and tractor pull by the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bob & Bob Door Co.'s Doug Wells cuts parts Friday for the company's exhibit at the Richland County Fairgrounds.

“We brought them back last year for the first time in four or five years,” Schaub said. “We get them from all over the state for tractor pulling.”

Admission to grandstand seating will cost $10 for the draw. It will be $20 for the pit and $25 for the back door.

“Friday night is motocross,” Schaub said. “We haven’t done motocross in quite a while.”

The races start at 6 p.m. Grandstand seats will cost $5. It will cost $10 for the pit and $20 for the back door.

“Saturday is demolition derby,” Schaub said. “It’s still a big problem for us.”

The derby will begin at 5 p.m. Grandstand seating will be $10 and back door entry will be $25.

A fireworks display will take place on the grounds at dusk on Saturday.

Special prices available

The rides will open at noon each day of the fair and will continue until the fair closes at the end of the night.

Wristbands are $20 Sunday through Wednesday and $25 Thursday through Saturday. For Children’s Day on Wednesday, wristbands will be available for $10 from noon to 4 p.m.

Multi-day ticket packages are available for people who want to save on the $6 daily admission—seven admissions are $25.

Seniors can participate in the fair between 8 a.m. and noon on Monday for only $3 as part of Seniors Day.

Veterans and active duty personnel can enter the fair for free all day Thursday as part of Armed Forces Day.

“Hopefully we can get people to the gates,” Schaub said. “We want everyone to go out and have fun and have a good time.”

The natural park offers free events

Fair guests are invited to enjoy free entertainment and the nature park throughout the week, according to Theresa Rozic Sutter, community relations coordinator for the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.

“At the natural park, you can relax on seats shaded by tall trees and surrounded by beautiful gardens of native plants, enjoy programs on natural resources and the environment, and listen to live music,” said Rozic Sutter. . “The programs and animations of the natural park are free with your paid entrance to the fair.”

The nature park exhibit space will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with activities and contests for children, as well as information about conservation, recycling, and animals native to Richland County.

A scavenger hunt for children will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, which is also children’s day at the fair.

Natural park stage:

7 p.m. Sunday: “Mercy and Grace” gospel singers

3:00 p.m. Monday: “Soil and Water Trivia” with the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District

4:00 p.m. Monday: “Malabar Farm: One of Richland County’s Hidden Gems” with Park Naturalist Mark Sommer

7:00 p.m. Monday: Live music “Mid-Ohio Community Band”

3:00 p.m. Tuesday: “Snakes and Turtles of Richland County” by Park District staff

4 p.m. Tuesday: “Attracting Butterflies and Pollinators to Your Garden” by Bill Flanegan of the Master Gardeners of Richland County

7:00 p.m. Tuesday: “Blue Universe” bluegrass music

3 p.m. Wednesday: “Children’s Storytime” with the Mansfield-Richland County Public Library

4:00 p.m. Wednesday: “Meet Nathan and his Black Labrador Retriever, May” with ODNR Wildlife K-9 Unit

7 p.m. Wednesday: Matt Goodrich, country music

3 p.m. Thursday: “Basic Beekeeping” with the Richland Area Beekeepers Association

4 p.m. Thursday: “Soak Up the Rain: How Street Trees Retain Storm Water Runoff” with Kim Hildreth, Project Planner for the Mansfield Engineering Department

7 p.m. Thursday: Tom’s Kitchen Table, oldies and bluegrass music

3 p.m. Friday: Ohio Bird Sanctuary Live Bird Program

Friday 4 p.m.: “Egg Catcher Engineer” children’s program presented by GrowNextGen

7 p.m. Friday: RLC, live music

7 p.m. Saturday: Oolong Gurus, live music

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