196th Geauga Fair begins Thursday

The Great Geauga County Fair — the oldest continuous county fair in Ohio — returns for the 196th time Thursday through Sept. 3, Labor Day, at the fairgrounds in Burton.

And with more than 13,000 exhibits and 2,000 animals, there is something to accommodate most every interest.

Back again are the popular chicken flying contest noon Thursday, the rooster crowing contest 4 p.m. Sunday and the diaper dash contest for kids 8 to 13 months Sunday. Registration for the dash is 2 to 2:45 p.m.

In addition, country music singer Chris Higbee will perform with his band for free at 8 p.m. Friday in the small grandstand.

In the main grandstand Sunday will be a truck and tractor pull at 6:30 p.m.; admission is $15. On Sept. 3, Labor Day, the Broken Horn Rodeo will begin at 3 p.m., with $12 admission.

Demolition derbies on Thursday and Saturday are sold out, according to the fair’s website.

Other attractions include the Dynamo Dogs, a high-flying disc act that premiered with “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Brothers Circus in 2006 to 2009, pig races and magic shows. Also, the always-popular historical displays return this year that has a new and updated antiques department.

For those that want a break from the fair, there is the Natural Resource Area. Fair officials call it the “fair within a fair” with archery, sugar house and fishing. Park officials from Punderson State Park and Geauga County park will be on hand to help families.