New features coming to county fair

LISBON — As July comes to a close county residents can eagerly anticipate the annual Columbiana County Fair, and this year the fair will feature KOI Drag Racing and Grand Illusions by the Blooms.

The fair is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 4.

KOI Drag Racing allows for people to bring their own ATVs, diesel or gas vehicles to participate in the drag racing event, as long as they meet the proper requirements, which can be found online at www.columbianacountyfair.org.

The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 1 as part of the grandstand entertainment. Participants can sign up the night of the event.

Fair board secretary Michelle Crawford said the idea to bring KOI Drag Racing to this year’s fair came about during the Ohio Fair Manager’s Association convention that was held in January.

“We are excited about the KOI and the new midway dinosaur,” she said, referring to a new Dinosaur Xperience that features a strolling baby dinosaur named Prevo that is part of the Grand Illusions by the Blooms midway entertainment.

Crawford said Grand Illusions will share the midway stage with Buffo the Clown July 31 through Aug. 3.

According to their website, Grand Illusions is a family of performers from this area that has headlined at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, and that performance led to an appearance in Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Ariz.

The family performs internationally and consists of Master Magician John Steven Bloom, his wife Chance and their daughters Victoria, Isabella, Elizabeth and Sophia.

Other midway entertainment this year will feature Brian Benner, and Elvis Tribute, on July 30 and July 31, Jess Kellie Adams on Aug. 1, Pure Gold and the Village Singers on Aug. 2, and Hawt Shotz, Sarah Donkin Music, and Tribute Band on Aug. 3.

A 10 a.m. church service will be held on Aug. 4 on the midway, followed by a Gospel Fest at noon.

Crawford said the derby pulls will be held in the grandstand on Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. this year, which is new.

Some other changes to the fair schedule include moving the horse pulls to the evening July 30 in the grandstand, following the Bike Night activities, and the $1 buck night rodeo is scheduled for July 31 in the grandstand and will include Youth Mutton Busting.

Youth Day is scheduled for July 31 and will include many youth activities, she added.

Tickets to the fair are on presale at the fair board office on Lee Avenue until 3 p.m. July 29. Presale tickets are $30 for seven general admission and $20 for four general admission and do not include rides.

“We are looking forward to a fun, family experience. Our youth have been working very hard and we are excited to see them showcase all of their projects,” Crawford said.

The fair board is already beginning planning for next year’s fair, which is the 175th anniversary. The board is seeking input from the public, and would like to put together a commemorative book.

Crawford said anyone with any documents that could be included in a commemorative book should contact the board office at 330-424-5531.


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