Fair Enough

It is fair time here in Medina County (Aug.1-8), the time of the year when everyone can show off the fruits (literally and figuratively) of their labor. Medina County Fair is over 164 years old; one of the largest and oldest fairs in the state. Farmers, bakers, sewers, artisans, collectors, and youth bring out the best they have for judging at our fair. Baked goods, collections, art work, canning, sewing, flowers, antiques, you name it you can find it at the fair. Of course we have the mandatory farm animal, veggie, fruit and hay judging. Medina, home of the A.I. Root Co., has an extensive exhibit and competition of honey. Our kids came to love looking for the Queen bee in the glass enclosed hive at the honey booth. Medina County also touts an outstanding youth fair, as well. Our kids, like thousands across the county, belonged to 4-H. I remember well, taking our son to demonstrate his skill with a pet rabbit and our daughter took along her gerbil and gardening project. However, these were just a few of the hundreds of projects that 4-H has to offer. Mathew went to state fair with his photography project one year and Kathleen managed to demonstrate her expertise on a bicycle at the Ohio State Fair another. If the kids are looking for some summer fun and you want to keep them busy, check out your local 4-H clubs through the Ohio State Extension Service. Medina County is also the number one horse county in the country per capita so be sure to experience the fine job all our horse clubs do at the horse shows during the entire week. The kids are amazing on those animals.

In my youth I would spend every day at the fair with friends and family taking in the sights and sounds of late-summer. Come join us at the fair. We’ll be there looking at tractors as our old MF tractor, Massey Ferguson that is, is about worn out beyond repair. A new one is presently beyond our means but we can always “window shop.”

Those beautiful lavender striped Fairytale eggplant are ready! I’m licking my lips just thinking about them! I love those cherry tomatoes; juicy red tidbits, ready to pop into your mouth like candy will also be at the market this week. The cucumbers, pickles and green peppers are ready to make their debut, as well. Of course the long awaited garlic is ready along with our French Fingerlings, basil and lettuce. As always; Countryside Farmers Market is at Howe Meadow (formerly called the Special Events Site) is located on the west side of Riverview Road, 4 miles south of State Route 303 in Cuyahoga Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Saturdays from 9-noon. Hope to see you at the market and the fair!

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