By Guy D’Astolfo
CANFIELD – As residents wait to learn the fate of the Canfield Fair, they can get a taste of it.
Fair Food Extravaganza will take place June 5, 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, with at least 10 of the most popular Canfield Fair vendors. Admission is free.
It will be a drive-through event. Guests will enter at Gate 9 (on state Route 46) and must remain in their vehicles.
Concession stand employees will approach each car and take orders and payment, and then return with the food. Most vendors will accept both cash and credit cards.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, picnic areas will not be available. Guests must leave the fairgrounds to enjoy their food.
Fair Food Extravaganza will feature French fries, lemon shakes, sausage sandwiches, barbeque, strombolis, noodles, cinnamon rolls, elephant ears and other confections.
Bergen Giordani, spokesperson for the fair board, the Fair Food Extravaganza is a way to help vendors who have lost sales this year due to the cancellations of festivals.
“A lot of our vendors reached out to us,” Giordani said. “They are feeling the pinch because other fairs are being canceled. For many, it’s their main source of income.”
Other fairgrounds in the state have scheduled similar drive-through events, she said, noting that this will be the first time the Canfield Fair has ever had one.
The fair board has not yet decided whether is will have to cancel this year’s event, which is scheduled for Sept. 2-7. The board is awaiting direction from Gov. Mike DeWine before making its decision.
The Canfield Fair board feels it has “an obligation” to wait as long as it can.
“We’re fortunate that our fair is late in the season,” Giordani said. “We have a couple of scenarios for what we may be able to do.”
The Ohio State Fair in Columbus announced May 21 that is is canceling this year’s fair, and the Trumbull County Fair also has canceled.
The Columbiana County Fair, slated for Aug. 2-9, is still on the schedule.
Posted May 22, 2020.
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