Historical groups plan for 2018 Trumbull County Fair

BAZETTA — With the success of their historical society displays at the Trumbull County Fair, members of the Local History Showcase plan to expand on what they do for the 2018 fair.

Cindy Mines with Champion Historical Society said 12 societies that participated this year at the fair’s historic church have expressed interest in returning next year July 8 to 15.

”We are looking at getting more groups participating and also what we can improve upon. I have heard from other historical societies who want to be involved,” Mines said.

Jeff Ford of Vienna Historical Society said efforts are underway to get new windows and doors on the historic church with the group looking for any company or organization to donate materials or labor to the project.

Shirley Combs of Leavittsburg Historical Society said many societies were able to be at the fair most of the days to showcase their history.

”We had historical societies taking turns in having someone there each day. Some were there when they could be,” Mines said.

One popular event this past year at the fair was the “Where You Live Map,” an activity where children could send letters to penpals.

“It was successful. We had 75 letters,”Mines said.

She said people came into the church to look on the maps to see where their homes were.

She said plans are to get a gas station and jail added to the historic village next year as well as possibly having a speaker’s series. Mines has been in contact with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnerhip in what services they have to help.

Mines said the Trumbull Art Gallery would also like to be involved next year and set up in the carriage shed.

”We are looking for photos and pictures of what the fair was like from the 1840s to 1970s when it was located in downtown Warren by Harding High School,” she said.

Anyone who can help, has historical fair items and photos to share or is interested in participating is asked to contact the fair board offices at 330-637-6210.