November 30, 2015


Wellington men provide their Confederate counterpoint


WELLINGTON — Joe Maybaugh didn’t know there were people who had a problem with the Confederate flag until just a few days into the Lorain County Fair. But that realization, only a week ago, prompted Maybaugh to take action. Maybaugh, a staunch supporter of the flag, who said he often flies it from the back Read More…


Miss the fair already? Started counting down to the 2016 Lorain County Fair? Here’s something to tide you over: All our stories and photos from this year’s fair.

County fair’s last day is smashing


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


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…

Riding in her sister’s honor

Erin Hostal, 17, of LaGrange, shows off her horse Della on Friday at the Lorain County Fair.  MELISSA LINEBRINK/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Wearing a tank top, jean shorts and cowboy boots, Erin Hostal walked through Barn 15 of the Lorain County Fair, home to the junior fair horses with her horse Della at her side. “Horse coming through!” Erin announced as she passed between the walkway leading out to the round pen where she allowed Read More…

Carnivals and fairs are a family business


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


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


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…