Cuyahoga County Fair Honors Old and New Traditions

Tue 8/6-Sun 8/11

As county fairs are popping all over the state, the actions come home to Cleveland this week with the annual Cuyahoga County Fair at the Berea Fairgrounds which once upon a time was WAY out in the country.

Also, once upon a time, the fair website tells us, “People who came to the first Berea Fair in the 19th century did not arrive in cars, had no electricity, radio, television or computers. The first fairgoers went to the fair in the fall because farmers had their crops in by then and had time to take the family to see new farm machinery. Mother spent the day and night before finishing up pies and jams to take to the fair, children looked forward to playing baseball.”

Now, of course, most people aren’t coming to look at farm machinery or to enter their jams for judging. And as today’s fairgoers make their way from the rides to the funnel cakes, they’ll be taking pictures with their phones. They’ll have the opportunity to see and do things their great grandparents never did, including Glow-in-the-Dark mini golf and laser tag, hula hoop classes, an Elvis tribute and, on Saturday, country singer Ashley McBryde. And your poor ancestors never got the thrill of taking in that #1 fairground attraction, the Demolition Derby, which happens on Sunday.

If you’re a fan of Cleveland rock and roll, you’ll want to come out Fri 8/9 and snag a ticket to the Frank Amato Cleveland All-Stars show in the Grandstand. It features a big line-up of Cleveland legends including members of Beaucoup, Wild Horses, Kinsman Dazz, the Michael Stanley Band, Jonah Koslin and the Heroes and the Neil Zaza Band (including virtuoso guitarist Zaza himself!) They’ll be performing the greatest hits of not just their own bands, but others with a Cleveland connection.

The fair officially opens Tue 8/6 with a parade and opening ceremony @ noon. General admission prices range up to $8; grandstand and motor sports events are extra and require tickets.


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