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Phase One gets underway for new Junior Fair facility

October 2, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Sept. 25, ground was officially broken to begin work on the new $4.2 million building that will house the Junior Fair during next year's 174th Canfield Fair. The building is being called an event center because it will also be available as a rental the other 50 weeks of the year.

This phase is one of four-phase project that includes building a 35,000-square-foot building that will serve the Junior Fair as well as be available for rentals to drive visitors to the Mahoning Valley, creating an economic impact for the entire community. Phase one is anticipated to be complete prior to the start of the 174th Canfield Fair in July of 2020.

"We wouldn't be standing here today to break ground on this wonderful new facility without the support of so many in our community who have helped us get to this point," said Canfield Fair Board President Dave Dickey. " The generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals has been tremendous."

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Turning the soil to officially begin Phase 1 of the new Canfield Fairground Event Center are Fair Board members Jim Brown, Frank Paden, Andy Frost, Chuck Booth, George Less, Fair Manager Bev Fisher, Fair Board President Dave Dickey, Grant Mingus from J Herbert Construction Co., Eric Carlson from Dickey Electric, Dave Harris from DPH, and Fair Board members Ward Campbell, Bob Jarvis, Elwood Woolman, Lisa Toy and George Roman.

The Capital Campaign project was first introduced in 2017. It has raised an impressive $2.1 million of its $4.2 million goal for phases one and two of the construction. The campaign also marked the first time the Fair Foundation has asked the community for support in its now 173-year history.

"It's an exciting time here at the Fairgrounds as we break ground on not only a new building, but also on a new era in the future of the Fair and Fairgrounds," said Fair Board member Craig Myers. "We are thrilled to unveil this building to our community just in time for next year's Fair."

Contractors for the project include DPH Architecture, LLC., York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors, J. Herbert Construction Co. Inc., Less Contracting, Inc., Joe Dickey Electric, Inc. and Komar Anchor Plumbing and Drain Service.

Attending Wednesday's event was Shawn Adams, the 4-H youth who donated the proceeds from the sale of his 4-H project pig during the fair's 4-H auction. He wanted to help make a difference and show the 4-H support for the new facility.

Shawn's father Pat Adams helped lead his 4-H Club, the Blue Ribbon Wranglers, to another fundraiser to help get Phase 1 going. The club held a big car show called the Rooster Rally Car Show and Steak Fry on Sept. 21. It was sponsored by Fairway Ford and Canfield Rhino. The idea for the car show actually took root last year and it will now be an annual event.

"The car show had over 300 vehicles in attendance and over 400 steaks were sold for the steak fry," said Bergen Giordani, Fundraising and Events chair for the Canfield Fair. "Pat Adams and his 4-H club did an amazing job on this inaugural event. They are still closing out the books for the event so we don't have a total yet but I'm sure there will be a check presentation soon."



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