New rides to arrive at 172nd Canfield Fair

CANFIELD — A huge wheel, new roller coaster and a variety of rides fairgoers have never before seen will be among the more than 50 rides Reithoffer Shows Inc. will bring to this year’s Canfield Fair — the 172nd for the largest county fair in Ohio.

The provider, now in a three-year contract with the fair for rides, will have some that will top the thrill-seekers list of must rides.

Included in the list is the Dutch Wheel — a gondola wheel made in Holland that reaches 122 feet into the sky and contains gondolas with seating for seven.

But that’s not all.

“We will have 10 rides that fairgoers in Ohio have never seen before,” said David Grimm, Reithoffer’s director of business development and marketing. “We have an Italian-built roller coaster coming that cost over $1 million.”

Other thrill rides include the German-built ride called the Tornado, Himalaya music ride, the Magic Carpet dark ride, the Sky Flier, the three-way action ride called Freak Out and the Orbiter, a four-way action ride built in England.

Rides for kids include Wacky Worm, Surf City, Hot Wheels, Lolly Swing and a carousel with a variety of stationary animals to ride.

“This is the largest and best county fair in Ohio. We spent a lot of time reviewing operations, lot layout, and discussing future plans. We want to be part of the master plan to make the fair even better,” said Richard Reithoffer, company president.

Said Canfield Fair Board President Dave Dickey, “The opportunity to find a show of this quality with so many spectacular rides only happens every so often … This show will be a big hit with our customers. They are going to ride rides they have never seen before.”

As for safety, Grimm said the company has a good track record and maintains a high level of safety standards.

“We are all concerned about safety,” Grimm said. “The Department of Agriculture inspects our rides and we are confident with our inspections. We do daily inspections on all our rides because this is our business.”

In addition to rides, the fair boasts a robust slate of other activities, including a demolition derby at 8 p.m. Friday, $10; truck and tractor pull is 7 p.m. Saturday, $12; and at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets for the Toby Keith show cost $92, $72, $52 and $42, and are available Ticketmaster online or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The fair begins Wednesday to Sept. 3, Labor Day, at the faigrounds in Canfield, 7265 Columbiana Canfield Road. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 11 p.m., and parking is free.

J.T. Whitehouse is a reporter for the Town Crier.