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WAYNE COUNTY FAIR 2022: Five Things To Know Before You Go


Compiled by DGKN staff

* WHERE, WHEN, HOW MUCH? The 173rd Wayne County Fair is Sept. 10-15 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster just off U.S. 3 between Interstates 71 and 77. The gates open daily 8 a.m., the buildings are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. General admission is $4. Children 6 and younger free. Veterans can get in free with ID on Tuesday. Senior citizens (65 and older) get in free on Wednesday. Season tickets can be purchased by anyone for $20. Membership tickets can be purchased by any Wayne County resident who is 21 or older for $20. Parking is free. To contact the fair office, phone 330-262-8001 or email

NEW AT THE FAIR: This year’s fair is working on having a military vehicle display to honor past and current service members. Fair organizers are seeing whether community members may be interested in displaying a vehicle or piece of equipment the entire length of the fair Sept. 10-15. According to an Aug. 26 Facebook post, about five vehicles had been committed at that time. The post states 15-20 vehicles can fit in the display area near the new car dealers. Military vehicles would need to be in place no later than Sept. 9, the post states. “If we cannot get enough interest we would possibly entertain just coming for one day which would be Tuesday, Sept. 13, which is Veterans Day in which we invite all veterans to attend the fair with no charge,” the post states. For more information, email or call the fair office at 330-262-8001.
Also new this year are Disney princesses. The fair has contracted with A Royal Princess Party, which offers character entertainment for events. Two princesses per day will be singing and visiting fans at the fair 5-8 p.m. Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 in front of the event center. Princesses Elsa and Anna will appear Sept. 13 and Princesses Moana and Rapunzel will meet and greet Sept. 14.

* GRANDSTAND ENTERTAINMENT: Lonestar hits the stage 8 p.m. Sunday Sept. 11, followed by Zach Williams on Monday, Sept. 12 and Sarah Evans Tuesday, Sept. 13. The website states because of the demand for quality seats for the Zach Williams show, the fair board released an additional 240 track seats. Tickets for all grandstands shows are available on the website
Besides musical entertainment, the fair kicks off with the OSTPA truck/tractor/semi pull 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 with tickets ranging from $11 grandstand to $15 track seats. Buckeye Rodeo is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. According to the website, a special feature of mutton busting will be at 6 p.m. before the rodeo. The grand finale is the World’s Largest Demolition Derby produced by JM Motorsport Productions Inc. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. For more information on how to be part of the Demolition Derby, call JM Motorsport Productions at 716-648-5100 or visit

* RIDES Fair rides are provided by Bates Brothers Amusement Co. and are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $20. Monday and Tuesday is “Kids Day” with rides 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday for $15. Wednesday is (stroller day) with kids rides $12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. Wednesday the rides are $20. On Thursday, rides are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and are $20. An unlimited ride wristband (presale) allows riders to ride an unlimited number of rides at the fair for just $15 when you purchase online before Sept. 9 at midnight for a specific day. An unlimited ride special/mega pass ride armband (presale) allows riders to ride all week from open until close. The mega pass can be purchased online before Sept. 9 at midnight for $70. Fun house attractions ($2 per person, cash only) are not included.

* 4-H AND FREE FUN: Known as Ohio’s Foremost Agricultural Fair, with Ohio’s largest junior fair, entrees and projects shown by all ages from animals to plants to artwork are a big draw for many browsing and walking around. Many local 4-H groups and clubs enter items to be judged and also ride, show and are judged in various categories they have worked hard on.
Visit the website for the 2022 Junior Fair Book, entries, schedules, results and more.

Free entertainment in the pavilion and other activities including: Saturday, Sept. 10: 3-4 p.m. Cedar Valley Cloggers; 6-10 p.m. String Town Tune Dusters with Justin Wallace; Sunday, Sept. 11: 3-4 p.m. Gnat Boxers Western Square Dancing demonstration; 6-8 p.m. Robin Roseberry; Monday, Sept. 12: 5:30-9:30 p.m. karaoke with James Wallick; Tuesday, Sept. 13: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bill Bauer Music, one-man band; Wednesday, Sept. 14: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Up River at the Chicken BBQ; 6-9:30 p.m. Blackout Band; Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sudden Change Band “Tribute to Divas of Music.”
Have fun at the fair!

Every year for the past few years, The Dalton Gazette & Kidron News has welcomed fair photos for consideration to be printed in our paper and shared on social media by emailing: and please include a few details about the photos including names and hometowns that we can share with our readers.

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