August 31, 2015

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County fair’s last day is smashing

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WELLINGTON — Jennifer Stewart hoped to compete in Sunday’s Lorain County Fair Demolition Derby against her daughter, Vanessa Webb. Instead, Stewart competed in honor of her 17-year-old daughter, who died in November of a suspected genetic heart defect. Stewart’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix got pinned against a concrete wall and the engine died early in Read More…

Lorain County Fair attendance down slightly

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WELLINGTON — Attendance was 125,718 at the 170th annual Lorain County Fair, fair board President Kim Meyers said Sunday. The number was about 0.5 percent below last year’s attendance of 126,423. It was 3.5 percent below the average annual attendance between 2010 and 2014 which was 130,279. Meyers attributed the slightly lower numbers to more Read More…

4-H teen donates proceeds to friend

WELLINGTON — The auctioneers at the Lorain County Junior Fair Auction normally speak quickly — rapidly running through a series of 4-H members who lead their animals to be sold to business people around the county. But when they got to Savannah Smith on Saturday morning, they paused. “Normally we don’t do this,” auctioneer Andy Read More…

Carnivals and fairs are a family business

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WELLINGTON — Michelle Bates-Dallman remembers the first time she talked to a reporter about life with the carnival: She was 10 years old and working at her uncle’s popcorn trailer when she did a TV spot because her uncle was too scared to talk on camera. Bates-Dallman, whose father, Eric Bates, and Uncle Geary started Read More…

King, queen are crowned

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WELLINGTON — Traditional pageants celebrate everything from physical beauty to singing ability, but the Lorain County Fair Senior Citizen King and Queen Contest celebrates a generation. On Thursday, some members of that generation gathered at the front of the fairgrounds to watch Raymond Smith, 100, from The Northridge Health Center, and David Kauf, 88, from Read More…

Democrats protest Confederate flag

WELLINGTON — The Lorain County Democratic Party shut down its booth at the Lorain County Fair on Thursday to protest the Fair Board’s decision to allow the sale and display of the Confederate flag at the fairgrounds. The move came a day after county Commissioner Matt Lundy, a Democrat, called on the Fair Board to Read More…

LORAIN COUNTY FAIR: Scouts help keep grounds clean

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WELLINGTON — It’s a job that’s gone largely unnoticed and unrecognized. But it’s one that county fairgoers would begin missing very quickly, especially on a hot, humid day when flies buzz around trash bins overflowing with smelly garbage. For the past 25 years, members of Lorain Boy Scout Troop 307 have donned red caps and Read More…

LORAIN COUNTY FAIR: Board defends decision to allow Confederate flag sales

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By Brad Dicken and Jon Wysochanski The Chronicle-Telegram WELLINGTON — County Commissioner Matt Lundy criticized the Lorain County Fair Board on Wednesday for allowing the sale and display of the Confederate flag at the fairgrounds this year. “I believe the families of Lorain County value and embrace diversity,” Lundy said during Wednesday’s commissioners’ meeting. “The Read More…

LORAIN COUNTY FAIR: Rice mixes it up for crowd

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If Monday night’s Lorain County Fair headliner Three Dog Night catered to mainly baby boomers, Tuesday night was for the millennials. Nashville rising star Chase Rice ignored the cool weather and rain sprinkles, and instead took the packed Wellington grandstand on one big “Cruise.” Before the former NASCAR pit crew member and runner-up on 2010 Read More…

LORAIN COUNTY FAIR: Experience not restricted to those from rural parts

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WELLINGTON — The first time Cheyanne Zenda wanted to take an animal project to the Lorain County Fair, her mother said no to the idea of a farm animal. It didn’t matter that the Zenda family lives in Wellington, a stone’s throw from some of the county’s largest farms. Betsie Zenda said she was not Read More…