Wayne County Fairgrounds

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  • Wayne County Fairgrounds
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    • 408 N. Bever St., Wooster, 44691, Ohio
    • 408 N. Bever St., Wooster, 44691, Ohio
    • 199 Vanover St., Wooster, 44691, Ohio

Organized in 1833, reorganized 1849; and reorganized again in 1987 under a new Legislative Act.


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Wayne County Fairgrounds Buildings & Structures

Current Buildings

Former Buildings

  • Floral Hall
  • Mechanic's Hall



  • 2015 - "Ohio's Foremost Agricultural Fair"
  • 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.
  • 1862 - March 31, New fair location, Quinby Ave. just north of the old high school.
  • 1870 - New fair location, Branstetter Crossing a mile and a half west of Wooster, Ohio
  • 1887 - Present fair location
  • 1950 - Race Horse Barn (21) Fire [1]
  • 2009 - August 30, New private parking lot added at the western entrance on West Old Lincoln Way for about 50 cars. Fair Secretary said the fair board purchased the property, which included a house under foreclosure for $44,000 to add more parking. The property was owned since February, house demolished in March and cut down all of the trees. Parking spot can be purchased for $60 for the entire week of the fair. Stout Excavating leveled the property and Shallenberger Construction developed the land for use. [2]
  • 2014 - Massive summer project to make the fairgrounds more accessible to everyone. [3]
  • 2014 - Grandstand gets work done on the racetrack side with two-way stairs to the upper levels. Leveled the front and built a new retaining wall and additional seating capacity. [4]
  • 2015 - New asphalt aprons were constructed at each entrance to the barns & buildings to all for improved wheelchair accessibility. New asphalt near restrooms and horse barns for better handicapped accessibility. A 25,000 portable air-conditioned and heated handicapped restroom was on the back-side of the entertainment pavilion. Large ramp constructed for handicapped accessibility to fair secretary's office and Armstrong Building. New concrete pad in front of grandstand provides for more seating for grandstand show while providing a level surface for handicapped members of the audience.[5]

External Links

Wayne County, Ohio Fair

  1. "Fire Threatens Ground Horse Barns". Daily record. Wooster, Ohio. 09 Sep 1950.
  2. Schaaf, Bryan. "New, paid parking lot ready". Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 30 Aug 2009.
  3. Locher, Paul. "Massive Summer Project Should Make Wayne County Fairgrounds Accessible to All". Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 31 Aug 2014.
  4. Locher, Paul. "Wayne County Fair's grandstand to have more seating - Front is leveled and retaining wall built". Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 31 Aug 2014.
  5. "Wayne County Fairgrounds". Daily Record. Wooster, Ohio. 26 Feb 2015.