MEDINA — The 173rd annual Medina County Fair had welcomed more than 75,000 people through its gates as of Sunday afternoon since the event kicked off July 30.
“It is higher than the last couple years,” fair board President Mike Gall said.
Gall said the rain Tuesday affected the week’s attendance some, but the skies cleared for the rest of the week.
“Mother Nature has helped us out since, and we have done very well,” he said.
Gall said those attendance numbers are expected to climb after the fair board adds in membership passes and 4-H passes.
For this year’s event, the fairgrounds underwent “a home improvement campaign that included landscaping, beautification, painting and fixing up some barns,” he said.
“We have a long way to go, but I have had more compliments this year than all the previous years. We really strived this year to try and get things fixed up and cleaned up and make it go for our fairgoers.”
Gall said one of the events he is most proud of this year is Junior Fair Livestock Sale on Friday and Saturday night, which brought in $496,000 for 4-H youths.
“The business owners and families of Medina County came out and supported those kids,” he said.
While Sunday night signifies the close of a week of fair royalty, food, games and fireworks, the morning brought together nearly 80 tractors for the Farm Tractor Pull. The tractors and their drivers competed in 11 classes ranging from 5,500-pound, 55-horsepower models to unlimited weight and horsepower.
In the afternoon in the pavilion, competitors and spectators gathered for the Ohio Arm Wrestling Championships sponsored by Grab N Go Market and Drive-thru.
The amateur competition featured three rounds prior to final eliminations for men and women.
San Diego resident Steve Simons of Arm Wrestling USA said he has been involved in arm wrestling for nearly 45 years.
“We have held over 900 tournaments in every state in the United States, Canada and Europe,” he said.
By 3:15 p.m., contestants were called up to see who would claim one of the red trophies and receive a national arm wrestling ranking.
Matt Prichard of Kinsman was the Ohio heavyweight champion.
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