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ACC marks 87th year of serving fairgoers

Volunteers prepare homemade meals all day

August 31, 2017
The Town Crier

By J.T. Whitehouse

Town Crier

Work began about three weeks ago when members of Austintown Community Church gathered at the Colonial Inn to clean from top to bottom. Last week, supplies were brought in and this week, the church opened for the 171st Canfield Fair.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Stan Shearer from Austintown Community Church unloads the supply trailer to stock the Colonial Inn for this year’s Canfield Fair. The church has been offering home-cooked meals at the fair for 87 years.

"We actually started in a tent," said Stan Shearer. "We are not exactly certain where the first tent was located."

He said the first tent was set up in 1930. It helped raise funds for needed capital improvement projects. It was a big success and was kept going as younger church members stepped forward.

"One of our church members, Dave Schnurrenberger, said he recalled his mother cooking stew out of a big pot in the early days," said Patti Shearer, who oversees the operation of the Colonial Inn.

During the fair, the church staffs the Colonial Inn with 25 people on three shifts serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and supper ends sometime after 7 p.m.

"We get volunteers from all over," Patti said. "We have one lady that comes from Florida just to help out. We also get a lot of National Honor Society kids."

The Colonial Inn has both indoor and outdoor seating, and it is where the Town Crier boxes are located during the fair. The menu also includes both meal and dessert options.



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