Clevelanders have the chance to experience a little bit country (and a little bit rock-n-roll), not to mention the sight of award-winning animals, prize-winning vegetables and fruits, carnival rides and games, a rodeo and the demolition of cars at the 116th annual Cuyahoga County Fair at the 117 acre Fairgrounds in the Cleveland southwest suburb of Berea, Ohio running from Monday, August 6 through Sunday, August 12.
Cuyahoga County Fair Featuring 20 midway amusement rides, 100 food stations, thousands of animals and lots of special entertainment and exhibits, the Cuyahoga County Fair is a family-friendly event sure to please all ages.
One of the featured attractions is the world’s largest Demolition Derby (Monday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.) featuring 100 drivers crashing their junk cars into smithereens until only one driver is left. And if you love cars, you won’t want to miss performances by The Tonny Petersen Hell Drivers, an automotive stunt show spectacular on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. featuring daredevil, high-speed, precision driving. Tickets are $6.
For some Old West fun, check out the Buckeye Rodeo Company’s performance on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. featuring barrel racing, bareback riding, roping and bull riding. Tickets are $7. For horse racing excitement come to the Grandstand on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for harness racing.
This year’s Fair features two major live musical tribute attractions. Zoso — Led Zeppelin Tribute will take place on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. showcasing the music of the legendary ’70’s band. Ticket prices are $9 for General Admission and $14 for VIP Track Seating.
The other major musical event will be North Coast BeatleFest featuring 4 Beatles tribute bands ( Liverpool Lads, Revolution Pie, Hard Days Night and The ReBeats) on Friday, August 10 starting at 6 p.m. While it is mostly Beatles songs that will be in the spotlight, the ReBeats also perform hits from other ’60’s classic groups like The Rolling Stones, Dave Clark 5, The Who, The Animals, The Hollies, The Turtles and the Monkees. General seating is $8, Track seating is $16 and VIP seating is $20.
Other featured performers at the Fair include juggler and unicyclist Wade Henry, Jungle Bob with his menagerie of animals, Jeff Cavello’s Steel Drum & Piano, chainsaw wood carvers, hypnotist Mike Bishop. square dancers and an Elvis tribute performer.
Other activities include the COSI on Wheels Interactive Science Exhibit, First Bite Fishing Tanks (where kids can learn about fishing including how to bait and cast their lines), sheep shearing demonstrations, a haunted house, craft demonstrations, a Pedal Tractor Pull and a horse show.
Kids’ activities include a team water balloon toss, a pie eating contest and a watermelon eating contest.
Visitors can also see a Cowboy Hat display and a Miniature display.
Two other attractions at the Fair that are a “must-see” are Kachunga & the Alligator Show (featuring an American Bushman who captures alligators) and Mac and The Big Cheese, a comedy cooking show that involves stand-up comedy and instructional cooking.
Be sure you make a stop to see the Victory Arch (Eastland entrance to the Fairgrounds) after its restoration and visit the new Fairwinds Wind Turbine & Educational Center Project.
Hours for the Cuyahoga County Fair are 5 p.m. – 11 p.m on Monday, noon – 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m – 11 p.m. on Thursday and noon – 10 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $7. Admission for seniors is $6 and children 4-12 are $6. Amusement rides and some activities are an additional cost. Parking is free.
For more information on the Cuyahoga County Fair call 440-243-0090 or get online at www.cuyfair.com.
The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds is located at 164 Eastland Rd. in Berea, Ohio. There is also an entrance on Bagley Rd.