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Wayne County Fair
Type Fairs; Fairgrounds
Industry Public Administration; Recreation; Agriculture
Fate Active
Headquarters 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Ohio, United States
Number of locations 1
Parent Wayne County Fairgrounds
Website waynecountyfairohio.com

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Wayne County Fairgrounds Buildings & Structures[edit | edit source]

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Comprehensive History[edit | edit source]

First fair, October 10-11, 1850[edit | edit source]

Location[edit | edit source]

  • Grove NE of Wooster
  • Land owned by D. I. Liggett which extended West to Buckeye Street and North toward Bowman Street [1]
  • Property known as the Freedlander Home (the pink Victorian structure on Bever St.) [2]

Buildings[edit | edit source]

  • 3 - Temporary buildings were erected for the occasion: business office, enclosures for sheep, cattle, swine, and a large ring for the display of horses [3]

First Wayne Co. Fair Was Held on N. Bever Street[edit | edit source]

  • The first Wayne County Fair was held on North Bever Street, just north of the Herman Freedlander home. The land was owned by D. Q. Liggett and extended north to Bowman Street and west to North Buckeye Street. [4]

Excerpts from article:

  • Strong stream of clear spring water began north of Bowman St. and east of N. Bever St. flowing south through the fairgrounds.
  • The spring continued to flow even after the fairgrounds relocated.
  • Residents on E. Buckeye St. capture the spring water and routed the water through their basements troughs. Troughs were utilized as refrigerators.

Report of First Fair[edit | edit source]

  • Report filed with the State of Ohio - 230 Members joined the Wayne County Agricultural Society with 181 paid their $1 fee [5]
  • According to an account Publishes Oct. 17 in the Wayne County Democrat, "... a large concourse of people from Wayne and adjoining counties were in attendance. Considering the circumstances, the exhibition was a large one - interesting to all and encouraging to the Society. It is but little over a year since the organizations of the Society and efforts of its members thus far for the advancement of the best interests of community are worthy of the highest praise. This is an enterprise worthy of the attention and encouragement of all, especially the agricultural portion of the county. We hope this society may proper and that each succeeding fair may be greater than the preceding one." [6]

First Wayne Co. Fair Fully Reported[edit | edit source]

  • Excerpt from "Ohio Agricultural Report." Published 1850, "Report of the Wayne County Agricultural Society"

In compliance with law and the regulations of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture, the Board of Managers of the Wayne County Agricultural Society beg leave respectfully to report that, on the first day of December, 1849, the organization of the society was completed in accordance with the law for the encouragement of agriculture, passed February 27, 1846.

This society held its first annual fair at Wooster, October the 10th and 11th, 1850. (See published proceedings marked B, and made a part of this report.)The society now numbers 230 members, of whom one hundred and eighty-seven have paid their annual fee of one dollar.

Abstract of Treasurer's Report
To amount received from members $187.00
To amount received from County Auditor $150.00
Total $337.00
Paid for premiums and expenses $236.00
Balance remaining in the treasury $100.34

The first premium on wheat crops, was awarded to Peter Raudeburgh, for 408 10/60 bushels Russia wheat, grown on a field containing 10 39/100 acres; soil, sandy loam, commonly termed plain land, clover sod; 94 loads barn-yard manure applied about the first of June, then plowed under, harrowed twice, one and a half bushels seed sown to the acre, and plowed under, the 9th of October; harvested about the 8th of July (Competitors did not furnish statements of the expense of cultivation - hence the omission.)

The second premium was awarded to Samuel Culter, for 115 1/2 bushels English wheat, (white variety,) grown on 3 acres and 18 rods; soil inclining to be sandy loam, with not less than a hundred stumps in the field; clover sod, broke up about the 15th of June, stirred the last of August, harrowed in the 16th of September; harvested 15th of July.

The first premium was awarded to Hugh Funk, for one acre of corn, producing 85 37/56 bushels, raised on second bottom; soil sandy loam, meadow sod, broke up 7 inches deep about the first of May, harrowed three times, marked out one way 3 1/2 feet apart, and planted in drills 19th of May; worked with double shovel plow four times, and hoed once.

This society held its annual election on the last day of the fair, at which time the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Thomas Reed, president, Dalton Isaac John, vice-president, Wooster James Johnson, secretary, Wooster Lucas Flattery, treasurer, Wooster Jacob Bowman, of Baughman; Hugh Funk, of Plain; Thomas S. Battles, of Clinton; J. H. Hitchcock, of East Union; David Robison, of Wooster, managers.

The managers feel quite confident that much and lasting benefit will result from the organization of this society, and have no doubt, from the spirit manifested by all classes, that it will gain rapidly in public favor, that its numbers will be greatly increased and that the next annual fair of the society, will be all its most ardent friends could reasonably expect. -- Thomas Reed, president -- James Johnson, secretary [7]

'52 Fair First One Cancelled, But Murder in 1879 Brought Collapse Of Early Regime[edit | edit source]

  • In more than 100 years, since the first Wayne county fair was held in 1850, this year's fair is the first one that was ever called off.

The fair has survived floods, depressions and other crises for more than a century, only to surrender to a situation created by the present outbreak of polio.

There were a few years, in the early eighties, when no fair was held-- but none was planned.

This followed a murder on the fair grounds during the fair of 1879, and the incident gave the fair such a black eye that the man in charge of it-- it was a private enterprise in those days--gave up plans for holding the fair in 1880. In fact no fair was held for several years, and it was not until 1887 that the fair got back on a sound footing. The Ohio Legislature in that year had authorized the organization of county agricultural societies.

Newspaper clippings of the murder and the trial which followed, reveal that the crime was committed on October 2, 1879. It occurred about 6 o'clock in the evening. The fair was over for the day, and practically everyone had left the grounds. Only from 50 to 100 persons remained at the scene when a fight developed in which two of the principals were John Tormie, who had something to do with one of the exhibits on the grounds, and John Callahan, of Wooster, who was accompanied by several other young men, including Saddler and McGowan.

The fight apparently developed over a minor incident, and soon terminated, but only temporarily, and then was resumed with renewed fury. A man named Martin went to the rescue of Tormie, and Callahan's friends rallied to his aid. In the mele Tormie was knocked to the ground, bleeding profusely from a serious wound. Callahan and at least one of his pals jumped on him. Right after than, according to the testimony given at the trial, Callahan was seen to stand up, close a pocket knife, and made a remark to the effect that Tormie wouldn't bother anyone else for a while. He didn't He was dead.

Callahan and others were placed under arrest by Police Chief George Smyser, and Patrolman William Taggart, and placed in custody of Sheriff Coulter at the Wayne County Sheriff jail. Preliminaries to the trial kept him jailed for five months before he was tried. Callahan was convicted and sentenced to be hanged. The others got off with lesser sentences.

On December 3, 1880, 14 months after the crime Callahan was hanged in the Wayne county jail-the only time the death penalty was every carried out in Wayne County.

An examination of records reveals that the murder was probably the last straw that caused the privately promoted fair to go on the rocks.

The Agricultural society was organized in 1849 and immediately went ahead with plans for the first fair, held in 1850. This took place in a grove at the rear of what is now the Herman Freedlander home. This grove extended some distance north and south between Bever and Buckeye streets, and was desirable because it contained a stream where livestock; exhibited at the fair, could be water.

Fairs were held there until 1859 when the board contracted with E. M. Quinby, Jr., for the lease of eight acres of land north of the present high school building. The land, west of Quinby ave., was bought for $1,333. Fairs were held there until 1889 when this land was sold to J. G. Troutman for $8,900, Main reason for the sale is that some of the directors wanted a larger grounds, and a longer race track, the Quinby track being only one third of a mile in length, and speed events, were largely running races.

The Society then contracted out for north of Route 30. The present Nicolay-Dancey and Borg-Warner plants are occupying a part of it.

The fair operated there until 1879, te year of the murder. It was too far from Wooster for people to walk and the fair never attained outstanding success there. The land was turned back to Branstetter in 1878 and the 1879 fair was operated by a group of individuals who released the grounds from Brainstetter.

The murder itself might have been survived has the fair been on a sound footing, but such was not the case, and the tragedy proved fatal to the fair as well as to Tormie.

In 1887 when the present agricultural society was incorporated and organized, land was leased from the Jones buildings, just west of the city, and the fair was held on what is now part of the present fair grounds. In 1902 the county commissioners purchased the land, and added to it to lay the foundation for the extensive operations of the present fair.

For the first fair on the present grounds in 1887, receipts were $800. Last year they were approximately $60,000.

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Slogans[edit | edit source]

  • 2015 - "Ohio's Foremost Agricultural Fair"

Historical documents[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1849 - December 01, Members of the first Wayne County Agricultural Society was organized. [9]
  • 1849 - Wayne County Agricultural Society privately organized a fairgrounds in Wayne County. Location in the area north of McIntire Funeral Home between Buckeye St. and Bever St.. The midway was where the Herman Freedlander/William Older house stands at 408 N. Bever St.
  • 1849 - First Wayne County Fair [10]
  • 1850 - October 10-11, Wayne County's first "official" fair was held on land owned by D. I. Liggett on N. Bever St. [11]
  • 1850 - Land had a strong natural stream of clear water flowing from N. Bowman and east of N. Bever St. moving south through the fairgrounds. This spring flowed even after the fair was relocated. E. Buckeye St. residents routed this spring through their basements make a trough to use as a refrigerator. [12]
  • 1859 or earlier - Wayne County Fair expanded two a three day event and the Agricultural Society purchased an 8-acre tract north of what was then Spring Street (area north of Park Avenue and south of Foster Path). Ephraim Quinby Jr. sold the land for $1,333. [13]
  • 1862 - Carnival fair style reached Wayne County, Ohio. [14]
  • 1862 - March 31, New fair location, Quinby Ave. just north of the old high school.
  • 1869 - Site was sold by the fair board to J. G. Troutman for $8,900. [15]
  • 1870 - New fair location, Branstetter Crossing a mile and a half west of Wooster, Ohio
  • 1871 - Agricultural Society announced, "We hope to see this exhibition well attended by all classes of persons. We can all well afford one or two days in the year in which t enjoy ourselves and make acquaintances. It is well for the farmer to mingle and converse with other farmers and men of other business and thus learn the ways, customs, terms, needs and improvements of all. It certainly would be a relief to the mechanic for two or three days at least in the year to leave his shop, and associate with men who labor in other channels of industry, to take their wives and little ones and enjoy a couple of days out in the open air. And for the professional man a little out-door exercise and sport would only invigorate his mind for the hard mental work which is before him. We would say to all, then, go to the Fair; take your family along with you, and a good mid-day luncheon also. The grounds of the Society are large and there are plenty of pleasant places for open air family dinners-- to go one and all and have a good pleasant time together. These Societies were formed originally for the improvements of Agricultural products, stock etc. and this still continues to be one of their principal object; but,the people have come to look upon fair days... as a time when people come together to see each other, to form new acquaintances, and to have a few days of respite and recreation from the cares, business and works of life." [16]
  • 1873 - First place was awarded a red ribbon (practice used today in Canada). [17]
  • 1873 - The Church of Christ women established a boarding house to help feed the crowd. [18]
  • 1875 - The Fair board permitted croquet to be played on the fairgrounds. [19]
  • 1876 - Livestock sale was added. [20]
  • 1878 - The Wayne County Fair was experiencing financial difficulties and the Branstetter Crossing was sold back to Andrew Branstetter. The Wayne County Independent Agricultural Society continued to operate a fair at this location for several years. [21]
  • 1879 - October 2, John Tormie was mistaken for another man and killed following a lengthy fight on the fairgrounds. His assailant became the only man ever sentenced in a Wayne County Courtroom to be hanged. [22]
  • 1878 - During this period of time the fair continued to have financial trouble. But, the Agricultural Society never disbanded, but no exhibition was held for a period of seven years. [23]
  • 1887 - Present fair location
  • 1896 - Traveling hypnotist Professor Edwin Boone thrilled crowds as he drove blindfolded through downtown Wooster in a horse drawn carriage promising to find a hidden article. Boone then amazed audiences by burying his hypnotized assistant alive for four days. [24]
  • 1915 - Membership ticket for the Wayne County Agricultural Society cost $1 and included four single admissions to the fair which ran just four days the first week of October. It further stated admissions 25 cents. [25]
  • 1915 - School days where all public school pupils were admitted free. [26]
  • 1915-1935 - Sometime during this period the Junior Fair became an important part of the fair along with exhibitors, granges and garden clubs. During this period horse shows have dwindled. [27]
  • 1935 - Admissions to the fair continued to be 25 cents. [28]
  • 1936 - Dedication of the present grandstand. [29]
  • 1950s - Lerch's Donuts began serving its product out of the building next to the grandstand on the Wayne County Fairgrounds. [30]
  • 1952 - Spring, Wooster Division of Borg-Warner Corp established under Grandstand at the Wayne County Fair; producing gear-type fuel and hydraulic pumps for jet aircraft [31]
  • 1957 - Addition of the Tractor pulling contest. [32]
  • 1959 - Junior Fair Dairy Building (Cattle Barn) burns causing $9,000 damage [33]
  • 1970 - Fair expanded from four to six days, membership costs $4 with four admission tickets. Admission was listed at $1.25 with parking 50 cents. [34]

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1860s[edit | edit source]

1870s[edit | edit source]

1880s[edit | edit source]

1890s[edit | edit source]

1900s[edit | edit source]

  • October 05, 1904: "Crowds Poured In: And Made the County Fair the Largest Ever Held In Wooster (18th Annual Fair)", Wayne County Democrat, p. 3.


  • August 14, 1906: "Death, In Front of Them; Behind Theme, All Around Them Intrepid Frenchmen Will Court Awful Climax at Wayne County Fair", Wooster Daily News, p. 1.



  • August 19, 1908: "Will Sparr with Jake Kilrain at Fair Grounds", Wooster Republican, p. 4.


  • DD, 1908: "Final Day at the Fair: John L. Deighted Citizen on the Last Day", Wooster Republican, p. 123.


  • August 06, 1909: "At A-muse-U Tonight (Wayne County Fair August 25, 26, 27", Wooster Daily News, p. 1.

1910s[edit | edit source]

  • September 03, 1912: "Two-Hour Downpour Cause Much Damage; Wooster Streets Flooded, Bridges Carried Away and Railroad Traffic Tied Up Several Hours; Break in Redick's Dam Causes Big Raise of Christmas Run and Much Damage at Fair Grounds", Wooster Daily News, p. 1-2.




  • October 25, 1913: "Dare-Devil 500-Yard Dash of Two Automobilists on Friday, Oct. 31st", Wooster Daily News, p. 1.



  • September 24, 1917: "Wooster Schools Exhibit At the Fair: 1st Time Wooster Schools Had an Exhibition", Wooster Daily News, p. 4.


1920s[edit | edit source]




  • October 04, 1923: "Sun Shines On Fair Grounds, Crowd Grows: Attendance of Close to 20,000 Expected This Afternoon at the Fair", The Daily Record, p. 2.



  • October 08, 1923: "Big Crowd Out Today For Fine Wayne Co. Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 30, 1924: "Exhibits Come In Rapidly For Fair", The Daily Record, p. 3.



  • October 01, 1924: "Expect Huge Crowd At Fair on Thursday", The Daily Record, p. 10.




  • October 04, 1924: "Boys and Girls of County Do Fine Work In Club Work As Results At the Fair Show", The Daily Record, p. 3.



  • October 08, 1924: "16,000 Pay To See Wayne Co. Fair One Day", The Daily Record, p. 1.


  • October 01, 1925: "Attendance of 15,000 Likely Officials Say: No Parking Rules Near Grounds Make Traffic Problems Less Difficult" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 1.


  • October 01, 1925: "Best Poultry Ever At Fair Case Declares: Ritter and Oldman Displays Among Features in Agricultural Hall", The Daily Record, p. 3.


  • October 02, 1925: "35,000 People See Fair Here In Three Days: Suggestions For Building New Concrete Grant Stand Up to Commissioners", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • October 01, 1925: "Boys and Girls Who Won Prizes At County Fair: Competition is close in Dairy Club, Food, Clothing Club Competition", The Daily Record, p. 10.


  • October 02, 1925: "Black Silver Foxes Are Shown At Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 26, 1929: "Wayne County Fair Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4", Dalton Gazette, p. 1.

1930s[edit | edit source]


  • October 07, 1935: "Grandstand At Fair Grounds Is Condemned: Funds From One-Mill Levy To Be Voted On in November, Would Replace It", The Daily Record, p. 1.



  • October 30, 1935: "A Letter to the News", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • October 31, 1935: "Fair Adds Day Makes 1935 Profit: Board Sets 1936 Dates and Plans Building New Grandstand", Rittman Press, p. 2.


  • August 19, 1937: "Fair Admission Price Boosted to 35 Cents", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • April 14, 1938: "Fair Dates Announced: Many Improvements Slated for 1938 Agricultural Show: September 12 to 16 Picked to Insure Good Weather Changes in Grandstand and Race Track as Well as Exhibition Buildings", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • September 08, 1938: "Daredevils to Trill Fair-Goers Friday Night", Shreve News, p. 3.


  • September 08, 1938: "Fair Entries Close Saturday, 10th", Shreve News, p. 3.


  • September 14, 1938: "Owens Popular As Ohio State Athlete", The Daily Record, p. 9.

1940s[edit | edit source]

  • February 08, 1941: ""Horse" Banquet [Ohio State Pic]", The Daily Record, p. 123.




  • August 29, 1946: "New Thrills Seen for 1946 Wayne County Fair", Rittman Press, p. 7.


  • August 30, 1946: "County Veterans Will Be Admitted Free At Fair", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • August 30, 1946: "Wayne County Fair Community News", Shreve News, p. 1.



  • December 20, 1948: "Lehman, Buss Re-Elected As Fair Officers", The Daily Record, p. 16, col. 1.


  • January 24, 1949: "Fair Board Has Their First Social Get-Together Friday", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 01, 1949: "Five Men Serve For Over Sixty Years As Secretaries Of Wayne County Fair", The Daily Record, p. 12.


  • September 06, 1949: "These Men Were On Original County Fair Board Which Functioned 100 Years Ago", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 06, 1949: "First Wayne Co. Fair Fully Reported", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 06, 1949: "One Hundred Years Of County Fairs", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 06, 1949: "These Folks Supervise County Fair Departments", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 06, 1949: "Delves Into Psychological Motives Which Brought About Start of Fair" by Charles F. Wishart, The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 06, 1949: "Directors Emeritus Recall Incidents Of Their Years On County Fair Board" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 123.




  • September 06, 1949: "Chief Justice Sees Still More Progress In Next 100 Years", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 06, 1949: "Early Wayne Co. Weavers Made Some Prized Coverlets", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 06, 1949: "County Fair Successful From Start, 100 Years Ago: Well-Equipped Grounds Of Today Far Cry From Modest Start Made By Pioneers", The Daily Record, p. 5 pages.


  • September 06, 1949: "Members of Wayne County Fair Board", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 09, 1949: "Diploma Goes Back To Fair After 100 Years", The Daily Record, p. 123.




  • September 09, 1949: "Junior Fair, Ash-Med-Way Trophies Will Be Displayed At Brenner Bros.", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1949: "Chief Justice Comes To Fair On Thursday", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1949: "Wayne County to Open 100th Fair Next Tuesday", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • September 10, 1949: "Fair Grounds In Fine Shape For Next Week's Centennial Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1949: "Smartest Horse Is Here For Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 13, 1949: "100- Year Room At Fair: Items 140 Years Old Help Make One of Most Interesting Displays at Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 13, 1949: "Commissioners Exhibit Early Wayne Co. Items", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 14, 1949: "State Treasurer With Fair Officials", The Daily Record, p. 18.


  • September 14, 1949: "Farm Machinery Show Complete; Includes Some Antique Items", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 14, 1949: "County's History Depicted in Colorful Pageant: Outstanding Historical Pageant Presented at Fair By Wayne Co. Schools Before Huge Audience", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 14, 1949: "Polio Drive Is Launched At The Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 14, 1949: "First Day Attendance At Fair Sets Record", The Daily Record, p. 123.




  • September 14, 1949: "Spinning Demonstration at Pioneer Room", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 14, 1949: "Old Horse Power Brings Memories To J. M. Jennings", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 15, 1949: "Drizzling Rain Fails To Halt Fair Program", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 15, 1949: "100-Year Room AT Fair: Items 140 Years Old Help Make One of Most Interesting Displays at Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.







  • September 16, 1949: "Fair Breaking Attendance Marks: Thrills On Card For Saturday", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 16, 1949: "Woman Recalls She Was At The Fair Ninety Years Ago", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 16, 1949: "Chester's Grange Exhibit Is Tops", The Daily Record, p. 123.





  • September 17, 1949: "Attendance At Fair Far Over Year Ago Mark", The Daily Record, p. 123.

1950s[edit | edit source]

  • September 06, 1950: "Sheep Show A Fair Features Junior Exhibit", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 06, 1950: "Fair Trophies Displayed At National Bank", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 07, 1950: "Fair Grounds Add $35,000 Improvements for '50 Show", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 07, 1950: "Daily Record Plans Special Sept. 8 Paper", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 07, 1950: "Juniors Get Swine Barn in 1950 Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 07, 1950: "New Commercial Exhibits Building At Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 08, 1950: "Farm Machinery Exhibit Here Will Show 10-Year Progress", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1950: "School Bands, Massed Choir, Other Units Will Present County Fair Program Sept. 12", The Daily Record, p. 14.


  • September 09, 1950: "Appearing In School Music At Fair Here", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1950: "Fire Threaten Fair Ground Horse Barns", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1950: "Fabricator Provides Rike New Headquarters", The Daily Record, p. 3.


  • September 09, 1950: "Henry Haller, 90, Ready For Another Fair", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 11, 1950: "Final Details Completed Today For Wayne Co. Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 11, 1950: "Grange-Cooked Meals To Be Served At Fair Here", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1950: "Groups complete Plans For Fair Opening Here Today", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1950: "Wayne County Opens Fair With Children As Guests: 5 Nights Of Shows To Greet Visitors", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1950: "Octet Arrives Monday At Wayne Co. Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 15, 1950: "County Fair Surmounting Bad Weather Conditions", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 18, 1950: "Attendance At Fair Here Was Past 68,000 Mark", The Daily Record, p. 2.


  • September 19, 1950: "69 Get First Aid Here At County Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • April 23, 1951: "Wayne County's 102nd Fair Likely To Be 'Full House'", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 07, 1951: "Wayne County's 102nd Fair Will Open Tuesday", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • September 05, 1951: "Where Wayne County Stages Its Annual Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 07, 1951: "Grange to Ready Fair Exhibits", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • September 07, 1951: "Wayne County's 102nd Fair Will Open Tuesday", Shreve News, p. 1.


  • September 10, 1951: "Old Implements and Vehicles, Cadillac Added Show At Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 07, 1952: "'52 Fair First One Cancelled, But Murder in 1879 Brought Collapse Of Early Regime" by E. H. Hauenstein, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 10, 1953: "Final Fair Plans Will Be Made Aug. 15", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 21, 1953: "Wayne Co. Fair Premiums Total $20,000 This Year", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • August 26, 1953: "Fair Entries To Close In Wayne Co. Sept. 5th", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 28, 1953: "Horse Pulling Contest Back In Wayne Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 31, 1953: "These People Conduct Big County Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 31, 1953: "Brinkerhoff Family Preparing For Races At Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 04, 1953: "Fair's Reserved Seat Sale Now Under Way", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 05, 1953: "A Fair Entries Are Extremely Heavy", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 10, 1953: "Evans To Be Fair Emcee; Seat Sale On", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 11, 1953: "Wayne Co Fair Board Organized In 1833", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1953: "Professional Talent at Fair of Highest Class", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 14, 1953: "Wayne County Fair Starts On Tuesday", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 16, 1953: "Education Growth Theme Of School Fair Pageant", The Daily Record, p. 8.


  • September 16, 1953: "School Pageant Gives History Of Education", The Daily Record, p. 10.


  • September 18, 1953: "Wayne Co. Fair Continues To Expand", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 18, 1953: "Attendance At Fair Is Over 1951", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September DD, 1953: "Fair's Totals 1,452 Ahead Of '51 Count", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 26, 1953: "120 and 105-Year-Old Wedding Gowns Are Modeled At Style Revue At County Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 20, 1954: "Wayne County Fair Office Opens Today", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 21, 1954: "Chest X-Ray Unit Will Be At Fair Here", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 25, 1954: "12 Granges To Exhibit At Wayne Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.




  • September 01, 1954: "Program Announced For School Day At Co. Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 03, 1954: "Complete Program For Wayne County's Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 04, 1954: "Entries For Wayne County Fair Heavy", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 08, 1954: "Food-For-Fair Two Weeks Project", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 08, 1954: "Improvements For Fair Here Are Complete", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1954: "Farm Machine Display To Be Big This Year", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 11, 1954: "Cathedral Caravan Again Is Feature Of County Fair: Brethren Bring Pair and Trailer", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 14, 1954: "Uncertain Skies For Children At Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • November 16, 1954: "Fair Board Voices 'Non-Profit Non-Tax' Plea; City Council Says 'Add Nickel'", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • April 17, 1956: "Controversy Continues On Fair Board Admission Tax", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 13, 1956: "Wooster Woman 'Rides High' At Her 72nd Consecutive Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 19, 1957: "O'Neill Slated To Appear At Wayne Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1957: "Fair Time Again: Entries Set New Record In Wayne", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1957: "Century-Old Harness Is Far Exhibit", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • February 09, 1959: "Fair Board Told Urban Role Is Big", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • May 21, 1959: "Cattle Barn Burns At Co. Fairgrounds: Animals Trapped in Jr Fair Bldg; Damage $9,000", The Daily Record, p. 123.


1960s[edit | edit source]

  • August 25, 1960: "Local Talen At County Fair", Rittman Press, p. 4.


  • December 19, 1960: "Mairs, Mykrantz, Buss to Head Wayne Fair", The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • May 16, 1961: "Students Prepare Arena Theater In Round Wayne Grange Building", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • June 20, 1961: "Atomic Energy Display In Trailer At Wayne Fair", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 21, 1961: "Wayne Co. Fair Office Is Open (basement of Court House under County Treasurer's Office)", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 08, 1961: "It's Fair Time: Ponies Push Ahead At Wayne Shows", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1961: "Wayne Fairgrounds Buldges, Bustles", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 06, 1962: "Wayne County Fair to Open September 10: Bigger and Better Than Ever", Dalton Gazette, p. 1-2.



  • January 02, 1963: "Walter Buss Takes Wayne Fair Management Duties For 34th Year" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 29, 1963: "County Fair Will Open Gates On September 9", Rittman Press, p. 1,2.


  • September 02, 1963: "Wayne Granges' Flavor Flair Meets Fair Success", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 06, 1963: "Mr. Wayne County Fair Does It 35th Time Starting This Monday" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 10.


  • September 09, 1963: "Just About Everyone Gets Into Wayne Co. Fair Act" by Harold C. Ruggles, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 1964: "Wayne County Fair Will Open Sept. 14", Rittman Press, p. 1,3.


  • November 20, 1967: "Wayne Fair Expert Lists His Formula" by Walter J. Buss, The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 06, 1968: "Luncheon Interview: 'Wayne Fair One of The Best' -- Hartzler" by Wilbur L. Dunbar, The Daily Record, p. 16.


  • September 06, 1968: "119th Wayne County Fair Runs Saturday--Thursday", The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 06, 1968: "Wayne County Fair Opening", Ashland Times, p. 2.


  • September 06, 1968: "Wayne Fair Installs New Thrill Rides", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 07, 1968: "It's Fair Weather For Wayne County Farm-Business Show", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 08, 1968: "Weekend's Wayne Co. Fair Gate Bests 1967 Opening", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 10, 1968: "Fair Brings Country-Western Show, Harness Racing Today" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 0, 12.


  • September 10, 1968: "Wayne Co. Fair Has a Little Of Something For Everybody" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 11, 1968: "Attendance Pushes for 33,000 Mark", The Daily Record, p. 0,17.


  • September 11, 1968: "Another Successful Fair Comes to Conclusion", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 11, 1968: "Wayne Co. Fair Is Getting Its Share of Compliments From Outside Visitors" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 11, 1968: "Judges Pick Best Sheep At the Fair", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1968: "Tractor Pull Closes 119th Wayne Co. Fair Tonight" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1968: "Side Show pair Must Make the Most of What a Trick of Nature Decreed" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 12, 1968: "Tractor Pull Closes 119th Wayne Co. Fair Tonight", The Daily Record, p. 123.




  • September 26, 1968: "Walter Buss, Wayne County Fair Managers For 40 Years, Retires" by Ken Blum, The Daily Record, p. 10.



  • September 13, 1968: "Tractors Pull Biggest Crowd To Wayne Fair Grandstand", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • November 04, 1968: "Wayne Fair Directors Election Set", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • December 04, 1968: "New Fair Secretary Is No Stranger To Annual Event", The Daily Record, p. 123.
  • Rural Report: Fair Folks Attend Meet. Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio. by Bill Zipf. 1969 Jan. 10, p. 10A.


  • January 12, 1969: "Buss Honored By State Fair Manager's Group", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • January 15, 1969: "Wayne Co. Fair Board Closes '68 Operations", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • February 06, 1969: "Wayne Fair Plans Are Ready For '69", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 15, 1969: "Ex-Fair Secretary Buss Is Hailed For Successes" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 17.


  • August 15, 1969: "Kister Takes Over Reins As New Fair Secretary" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 4.





  • August 26, 1969: "Wayne Co. Fair Entries Will Close on Saturday" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 27, 1969: "Wayne Co. Fair Promises Something Every Minute", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 02, 1969: "Daily Record Booth Is a Proof of Careful Work", The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 09, 1969: "Tonight's Fair Mood Is Country-Western" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 17.


  • September 09, 1969: "Generally Speaking: Somehow It Sounds Like An Old Refrain" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 11, 1969: "Generally Speaking: Gov. Rhodes Led a Merry Chase" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 12, 1969: "Area Oldster Had Long Record Of Attendance At Wayne Co. Fair" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 15.


1970s[edit | edit source]




  • August 24, 1971: "New Parking Area Will Aid Fairgoers", The Daily Record, p. 33.


  • August 24, 1971: "1951 Was A Very Good Year But Things Do Change in 20 Years", The Daily Record, p. 41.



  • September 11, 1970: "Prof. Boone the Grreat: The Original Boy Phenomenon (1896 Fair)" by J, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 11, 1970: "In The Good Old Days The Wayne Co. Fair Had Some Startling Free Acts" by Elinor Taylor, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 29, 1979: "Brenda Lee Entertains at Fair", Rittman Press, p. 8.

1980s[edit | edit source]

1990s[edit | edit source]

  • August 15, 1998: "Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location: 1849-1886" by Betsy Bower, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • August 15, 1999: "Century Starts Out Shaky, But Outlook Soon Improves: 1900-1930" by Betsy Bower, The Daily Record, p. 12.


  • August 15, 1999: "Murder At The Fair: Spectacular Trail Results In Date With Gallows" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 8-9.



  • July 30, 1999: "Events Abound As Fair Celebrates 150 Years", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 14, 1999: "Grange Feeding Hungry Fairgoers for 49 Years", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 15, 1999: "Fair Makes a Comeback -- and Gets a Permanent Home: 1886-1900" by Betsy Bowerr, The Daily Record, p. 10.


  • August 15, 1999: "First Fair Considered a Success -- Despite Weather" by Betsy Bower, The Daily Record, p. 3.




  • September 12, 1999: "The Fair Is About Food, Fun, Farming", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 12, 1999: "Lemonade Stand a Sweet Deal for Linns", The Daily Record, p. 0.

2000s[edit | edit source]



  • September 18, 2001: "Local Giving Continues: We Want to Include You in the List", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 28, 2001: "Service to Honor Those Who Put Lives on Line", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 14, 2002: "DHS Band to Perform in Fair Band Show", Dalton Gazette, p. 4.


  • August 19, 2002: "Wayne Fair Exhibit Registrations Lagging", The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 09, 2002: "Gov. Taft Makes Most of Quick Trip to Fair", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 11, 2002: "Greenwood's Concerts Stir Patriotic Spirit", The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 05, 2003: "Best, Brightest Horses Center Stage on Day of Wayne's Fair", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • July 04, 2004: "Longtime Orrville Festival Booster Remembered for Many Contributions" by Eric Johnson, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 14, 2004: "Day in Farming at the Fair: No Break From Farm Work at Annual Ag Showcase", The Daily Record, p. 0.








  • August 20, 2006: "Weekend Ramblin Rods Event Draw Large Crowd to Wooster" by Sarah Skylark Bruce, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 11, 2006: "One Problem Solved, Hoping for the Best with Another" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 14, 2006: "Healthy Fare Can Be Had But Deep-fried and Sugary Sweet the Best Treat" by Sarah Skylark Bruce, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • October 30, 2006: "Still No Solution To Water Pressure Problems During Wayne County Fair" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • August 06, 2008: "After a Hiatus, Wayne County Fair Returns Bigger, STronger Than Ever" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • August 28, 2007: "Children Ages 7-12 Must Now Pay $2 Fee to Enter Fair" by Bobby Warren, The Daily Record, p. 0.





  • September 14, 2007: "Meal of Memories Fair Board Emeritus Join for Final Feast" by Bobby Warren, The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • August 04, 2008: "String of Bad Luck Takes Toll and Fair Takes Another Seven-year Break" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 06, 2008: "After a Hiatus, Wayne County Fair Returns Bigger, Stronger Than Ever" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • August 04, 2008: "String of Bad Luck Takes Toll and Fair Takes Another Seven-year Bread" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • August 08, 2008: "Nearly Turn of Century Fair Has Stable Footing and Begins to Take Root", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 06, 2008: "Fairweek Starts Today Friday Wa a Day for Getting Ready" by Bryan Schaaf, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 07, 2008: "Skies Clear for Fair Nice Weather Ushers in Opening Day" by Chris Kick, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 08, 2008: "Church Service, Fiddlers' Contest Heighten Attendance" by Chris Kick, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 09, 2008: "County Fairs Expose Different Cultures", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 10, 2008: "Political Discussions Popular Sport at Fairgrounds" by Linda Hall, The Daily Record, p. 0.






  • August 30, 2009: "New Roof on Rotunda Reflects Historic Look" by Linda Hall, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 11, 2009: "Effort Under Way top Get Fairgoers to Recycle" by Nick Sabo, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 08, 2009: "Fair Sees Entry Spike, Secretary Says It's a Good Thing To Be Part of" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p..


  • September 16, 2009: "Kids Do Kid Things on Their Special Fair Day" by Linda Hall, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • October 02, 2009: "Bits and Pieces Bakery Changed Hands Over the Years", The Daily Record, p. 0.

2010s[edit | edit source]


  • September 13, 2010: "In Overcoming Recycling Challenge, Awareness Is Key" by Bobby Warren, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • February 24, 2011: "Fairgrounds 'Grand Old Gal' Is Looking Pretty Fine" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • April 03, 2011: "Entertainment Announced for 162nd Wayne County Fair's Stage", The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • August 11, 2011: "Recent Rainfall Turns Fairgrounds Parking Lot Into Mud Bog" by Steven F. Huszai, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 11, 2011: "Wayne Saddle Club Founder Celebrates 90th", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 30, 2011: "Fair Volunteers Will Continue to Collect Recyclables" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 11, 2011: "Remembering 9-11: Reaction at Fairground: "I Think We're At War" by Matt Tullis, The Daily Record, p. 123.





  • September 14, 2011: "A Little Learning Fun for School Day Visitors" by Linda Hall, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 27, 2011: "Recycling at Wayne Fair Reported to Be a Success", The Daily Record, p. 0.







  • September 10, 2012: "Friends of Wayne Fair-- New organization Trying to Raise Funds for Agricultural Museum" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 13, 2012: "Questel Volunteers Countless Honors During Fair Week to Keep Generating Good Times at the Fairgrounds" by Steven F. Huszai, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • October 26, 2012: "Wayne County Agricultural Society Members Can Vote Saturday for the Fair Board", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • December 20, 2012: "Friends of Wayne County Fair Group Starts Prepping for 2013" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • March 23, 2013: "Haggard, Thompson Square, Walker, to Headline 2013 Wayne County Fair Entertainment", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 07, 2013: "Opening Day of the Wayne County Fair Is Finally Here-- Wayne County Fair Off to a Smooth Start This Year" by Bobby Warren, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 08, 2013: "Wayne County Fair By the Numbers: What All Really Goes Into Making the Fair Happen" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 10, 2013: "Wayne County's Kate Priest Honored for 80 Years of Service to Fair-- Not a Fair Missed In 80 Years, Kate Priest Takes a Bow" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • June 15, 2014: "Wayne County Fair Entertainment to Include The Beach Boys, Chris Cagle and Scott McCreery" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • July 23, 2014: "Wayne County Fair Already Busy: Wayne County Fair Prepares for Sept. 6 Opening" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 31, 2014: "Massive Summer Project Should Make Wayne County Fairgrounds Accessible to All" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 31, 2014: "Wayne County Fair's Grandstand to Have More Seating Front is Leveled and Retaining Wall Built" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 08, 2014: "Wayne County Fair Weekend Attendance Down a Little, But Going Smooth: Wayne County Fair Going Smoothly Despite Rainy Start" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 07, 2014: "Wayne County Fair Visitors Enjoy Fall-like Temperatures, Sold Out Grandstand Shows" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 10, 2014: "Lerch's Donuts: Thousands of Sweet Treats and 80 Years Later" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 10, 2014: "Minor Injuries in Accident - Tractor Puller Plans to Return for 2015 Far" by Bobby Warren, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 11, 2014: "Wayne School Booster Clubs Man Vendor Trailers to Raise Money for Athletics, Extracurriculars" by Abby Armbruster, The Daily Record, p. 0.




  • May 23, 2015: "Vince Gill, Clint Black, David Nail to Perform at Wayne County Fair", The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • August 30, 2015: "Bleachers to Replace Grandstand Chair Sending Culvert Will Give Fair a Little More Room" by Jonathan Scholless, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 16, 2015: "Behind the Scenes of Wayne County Fair - Kiwanis Club Keeps Fairgrounds Clean for Fairgoers" by Steven F. Huszai, The Daily Record, p. 0.





  • June 16, 2016: "Sweet Success for 70-plus years - Popularity Keeps Growing" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • June 18, 2016: "A Tractor Reunion - Expo Brings John Deere Enthusiasts Together" by Tami Mosser, The Daily Record, p. 0.







  • September 04, 2016: "Practicing and Prepping for the Wayne County Fair - Wayne County Fairgrounds Busy Saturday As Opening Day Gets Close" by Dan Starcher, The Daily Record, p. 0.



Wayne County Fair 2016. West Salem Messenger, West Salem, Ohio. 2016 September 13, p. 22.

  • September 14, 2016: "Awards Given In Antiques Show, 1871-1900", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 15, 09: "Big Screens Improve Fairs Quality Promote Sponsors" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • April 22, 2017: "Top Country Musicians to Headline Entertainment at Wayne County Fair - Other Country Starts Montgomery Gentry and Neal McCoy Will Perform To" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • July 01, 2017: "Wayne County Grandstand Entertainment Tickets On Sale" by Paul Locher, The Daily Record, p. 0.




  • September 03, 2017: "Country for All, As Grandstand Lineup Includes McBride, McCoy and Montgomery Gentry" by Tami Mosser, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 03, 2017: "Church at the Fair So Popular, Second Service Is Planned" by Tami Mosser, The Daily Record, p. 123.



  • September 08, 2017: "Singer Troy Gentry Scheduled to Perform at Fair, Dies in Helicopter Crash" by Bobby Warren, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 09, 2017: "Fair Food and Animals Just Some Reasons for Going to the Wayne County Fair" by Kevin Lynch, The Daily Record, p. 0.





  • April 28, 2018: "Wayne Fairboard Gits it Done-- Larry the Cable Guy Coming to Town" by Dan Starcher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • July 02, 2018: "Junior Fair Expansion Project Enters Home Stretch of $1.75 Million Campaign" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 07, 2018: "Off to the Races: Local Horse Trainer Says Pari-mutel Racing Growing in Popularity" by Dan Starcher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 08, 2018: "Rain Doesn't Keep Fairgoers From Upholding Tradition" by Tami Mosser, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 09, 2018: "Wayne County Fair Looks to Get Back on Schedule" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 10, 2018: "2018 Wayne County Fair - A Soggy Sunday: Fair Looks To Get Back On Schedule" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 1,9.


  • September 10, 2018: "Events Cancelled Due to Weather, Safety Concerns" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 1,9.



  • September 14, 2018: "2018 Wayne County Fair: An Emotional Day - Sales Tax Increase a Common Topic" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 1,10.


  • September 11, 2018: "2018 Wayne County Fair - Richland County Save Swine Show" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 1,2.


  • September 14, 2018: "Wayne County Fair: Koontz, Walenciak Shine in Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship", The Daily Record, p. 3.


  • January 11, 2019: "New Buildings Expected for 2019 Wayne County Fair" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • April 16, 2019: "Wayne County Fair Grandstand Entertainment for 2019 Announced" by Dan Starcher, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • July 30, 2019: "Pioneer Power Association Planning Annual Show", The Daily Record, p. 0.





  • September 06, 2019: "Wayne County Fair Returns, with Some New Additions" by Jack Rooney, The Daily Record, p. 0.



  • September 07, 2019: "Wayne County Fair 2019 - Fair Returns, With Some New Additions: With New Buildings Complete, Fairgrounds Were Abuzz Friday Afternoon" by Jack Rooney, The Daily Record, p. 1,8.


  • September 07, 2019: "Wayne County Fair, New Event Center Officially Open", The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 08, 2019: "170th Wayne County Fair - Officially Open: After Flag-Raising and Ribbon Cutting, Exhibitors Enjoy New Event Center" by Jack Rooney, The Daily Record, p. 1,2.


  • September 09, 2019: "170th Wayne County Fair - Casting a Test Vote" by Jane Doe, The Daily Record, p. 1,2.


  • September 10, 2019: "170th Wayne County Fair - No School! But Education Still Evident At Wayne County Fair During Students' Day Off Monday" by Linda Hall, The Daily Record, p. 1.


  • September 10, 2019: "Wayne County Fair Mural Painted by 2018 Junior Fair Queen" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 1,8.


  • September 11, 2019: "170th Wayne County Fair - Short and Stubby", The Daily Record, p. 1-.


  • September 11, 2019: "Miniature Horses, Big-Time Fun at 3rd Annual Costume Contest at Wayne County Fair" by Jack Rooney, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • November 19, 2019: "Wayne County Fair Event Center Already Booking Many Events" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • November 19, 2019: "Wooster City Council Turns Down Fair Board Request for Share of Bed TAx Money" by JackRooney, The Daily Record, p. 123.

2020s[edit | edit source]

  • NOTE: 2020 Wayne County Fair was only the Junior Fair due to COVID-19


  • March 30, 2020: "Jeff Foxworthy, Buckeye Rodeo Among Headliners for 2020 Wayne County Fair" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • April 13, 2020: "Wayne County Fair Still Planning for September 2020" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • July 23, 2020: "Wayne County Fair Keeps Junior Fair, Nixes Major Entertainment" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • August 07, 2020: "Board Member/ Groundskeeper Tim Hershberger Displays the Hand Sanitizer Staff Members Made to Have Placed Throughout the Fairground. [Pic]" by Kevin Lynch, The Daily Record, p. 30.


  • August 31, 2020: "A Different Kind of Wayne County Fair with the COVID-19 Pandemic" by Doug Foxx, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 9, 2020: "Wayne County Fair Pushes Forward Despite Pandemic" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 12, 2020: "171st Wayne County Fair plays a Different Tune in 2020 - 171st Annual Event Opens Today Runs Through Thursday" by Kevin Lynch, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 12, 2020: "Wayne County Fair Offers a 'Sense of Normalcy'" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 15, 2020: "Animals, Art, Fair Food: Kids Day Lives on at Quieter Wayne County Fair" by Valerie Royzman, The Daily Record, p. 123.


  • September 16, 2020: "Now & Then: Fun, Excitement and Thrills at the Fair" by Randy Wilson, The Daily Record, p. 0.


  • September 23, 2020: "Martin Awaits a 'Normal' Wayne County Fair-- Tragedy at State Fair, Death of Grandstand Singer, Then Local Flooding Initiated Him To Manager Duties" by Emily Morgan, The Daily Record, p. 1, 8.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
  2. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
  3. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
  4. First Wayne Co. Fair Was Held on N. Bever Street. Daily Record, Wooster, OH. 1969 August 15, p. 6.
  5. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
  6. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
  7. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 1949 September 6, p.
  8. '52 Fair First One Cancelled, But Murder In 1879 Brought Collapse Of Early Regime. By E. H. Hauenstein. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 1952 August 7, p.
  9. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
  10. County Fair Keep Pace With Times by Thelma Monbarren. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 1971 August 24, p. 10.
  11. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
  12. First Wayne County Fair Was Held on N. Bever Street. Guy Richard. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 1969 August 15, p. 6.
  13. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
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  22. 1849-1886: Early Fairs Faced Growing Pains, Changes of Location. Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 1998 August 15.
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  24. A look at fair's changes since 1850. Compiled by Melissa Green. Beacon Journal.
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  30. Sweet Success for 70-plus Years: Popularity Keeps Growing. Linda Hall. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 2016 June 16.
  31. Rexroth is Closing. Naomi Snyder. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 2005 December 10.
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  33. Cattle Barns Burns At Co. Fairground. Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio. 1959 May 21, p.
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  40. Shreve News. Shreve, Ohio. 1934-09-19, p. 3.

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